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Committee Scope

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Committee members at Workshop in Spokane, WA

TRB Committee ADC60 shares the latest knowledge, expertise, and experience in development and integration of proactive environmental management systems and sustainability concepts into transportation programs in the industry’s evolution from a solid and hazardous waste remediation and management approach to a resource efficiency approach. The committee focuses on systems-based solutions and research associated with resource efficiency-and contamination-related technical areas such as toxic and hazardous materials tracking, pollution prevention, product substitution and green designs, recycling and reuse of materials, advances in environmental site assessment technologies and methodologies, and brown fields programs.

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council, which serves as an independent adviser to the federal government and others on scientific and technical questions of national importance, and which is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The mission of the TRB is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal. TRB manages transportation research by producing publications and online resources. It convenes experts that help to develop solutions to problems and issues facing transportation professionals. TRB also provides advice through its policy studies that tackle complex and often controversial issues of national significance.

The Board is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other organizations and individuals interested in the development of transportation. Each year, TRB’s varied activities engage more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia, all of whom contribute their expertise in the public interest by participating on TRB committees, panels, and task forces. Others get involved and support TRB activities by becoming a TRB Affiliate; participating in TRB-sponsored conferences and workshops; authoring technical papers and contract research reports; and more.

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ADC60 Subcommittee

Transportation Infrastructure, Facilities, and Right-of-Ways as Sustainable Resources

The ADC60 Subcommittee on sustainable resources is concerned with the alternative and innovative utilization of transportation agency properties such as right-of-ways, facilities, and infrastructure to support environmental and economic sustainability objectives.  The Subcommittee focuses on systems-based solutions, technology advances, research, and maintenance aspects associated with non-traditional utilization of transportation real assets.  Alternative financing models and project delivery methods in support of these projects are also targeted.  Overall objectives of the Subcommittee include the following:

  • Identify research on innovative resource utilization practices that positively impact environmental, economic and social resources,
  • Identify innovative and implementable technologies for transportation applications,
  • Earn recognition by the TRB as an innovation leader that promotes the identification, development, and application of sustainability concepts for utilization of transportation properties, and
  • Disseminate to state DOTs and other agencies information on cost-effective sustainability action implementation

Some examples of research areas and topics of interest include the following:

  • Production of renewable energy (energy harvesting) in right-of-ways (ROWs) and on transportation structures
  • Agricultural production (e.g., lumber, bio-fuel feedstock {e.g. switchgrass})
  • Utilization of ROWs for water quality enhancement and storm surge control
  • Sequestration and disposal of heavy metal contaminants using permeable pavement
  • Recycling of applied road salts through phytoremediation, plant harvest, biofuel production, and use of resultant biochar for deicing
  • Use of highway structures and roadside vegetation for noise and light pollution abatement.
  • Geothermal warming of bridges for winter deicing
  • Development of non-invasive, low maintenance landscaping methods for the roadside environment

Our Subcommittee is a great way to join in and discuss matters relevant to current events in our fields!