Benchmarking State Department of Transportation Environmental Commitment Tracking Systems

Successful tracking of commitments to ensure they are met as projects proceed is key to successful execution of an environmental management strategy in public organizations. For DOTs and federal agencies, the value of successful tracking and execution of all agreed actions is fundamental to maintain the public trust and follow progressive environmental stewardship practices while effectively using available resources. This paper explores recent and best practices in commitment tracking systems (CTS) and illustrates how and illustrates how the state of the art is evolving and expanding. In the benchmarking process, several areas emerged as the future direction for state DOT environmental commitment tracking. These areas reflect both technology and business process trends, and include: (1) Explicit goals set by the DOT to meet or exceed all environmental commitments, with use of CTS systems to measure and communicate performance. (2) Clearly defined business processes, staff training, and management support to institutionalize commitment tracking. (3) Enterprise system deployments providing consistency and reporting across internal divisions. (4) Business process integration and defined “hand-off” points with the larger project life cycle process. (5) IT systems integration with project management systems; or building the CTS functionality as functionality within the project management system. (6) Web-based, centralized IT systems. (7) Geospatial reporting and analysis capability (GIS). (8) Integration with document management systems. (9) Web-based views of a subset of the data for public information.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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  • Accession Number: 01043513
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-2439
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 7:07PM