Operationalizing Sustainable Transportation and FHWA’s INVEST Operations & Maintenance Implementation – 2nd Annual Arizona Department of Transportation Sustainable Transportation Program Final Report

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed the Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST) to aid transportation agencies in integrating environmental, economic, and social sustainability objectives into programs and projects. The tool, which as stated in its name is voluntary, scores agencies based on adherence to a set of best practices across different disciplines. It includes four modules: Systems Planning, Project Development, and Operations and Maintenance (OM). This report focuses solely on the OM module. As part of a pilot application, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) conducted scoring workshops for the 14 sustainability criteria constituting the OM module. The criteria, which are detailed subsequently, cover both internal operations and infrastructure operations and maintenance. For each criterion, the ADOT project team facilitated discussions with relevant ADOT subject matter experts. Generally, the dozens of participants were the most senior practitioners within their respective subject areas. The discussions—most of which were held in person at ADOT Headquarters in Phoenix—involved from one to five participants and typically required one hour. This report summarizes the estimated scores for each criterion, based on the aforementioned discussions and includes brief scoring explanations. ADOT achieved an independently scored 142 points out of a possible 210—sufficient to achieve Platinum status, INVEST’s highest rating. The exercise further strengthened ADOT’s understanding of sustainability best practices and helped identify opportunities for improvement. This report also summarizes resulting recommendations aimed at further enhancing the sustainability of ADOT’s OM activities and provides suggestions to FHWA for enhancing and improving INVEST, which is an evolving tool.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 126p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599878
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: May 18 2016 4:43PM