May 6 Green and Blue Highways Symposium (with Registration Links!)

Green & Blue Highways Symposium: Environmental Sustainability Best Practices for Transportation

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
VT Executive Briefing Center, 900 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

In person registration:

The current schedule is available as a PDF document:  Symposium Agenda and is posted below.  One Page Flyer

See below for webinar registration links.

On Wednesday, May 6, transportation experts from across the nation will gather at the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center in Arlington, Virginia to share ideas on transportation planning and engineering best practices that have the potential to impact the health of the environment. Convened by the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center Region 3 University Transportation Center (MATS UTC) and open to all, the symposium will provide a forum to consider “green” and “blue” approaches to infrastructure design and management within an economic, social and environmental framework.

“This symposium really provides the opportunity to envision the future of the green and blue highway transportation system as well as expose people to MATS UTC and get them thinking about transportation sustainability,” states Emily Parkany, P.E., Managing Director of MATS UTC. “When we gather together as practitioners, researchers, and policy makers, we can make significant strides in tackling sustainability issues from a wide variety of perspectives. The format of the symposium, which encourages interactive discourse among leading experts and participants, will inform interested parties as well as stimulate potential new collaborations and partnerships to address congestion, energy supply, environmental impacts and climate change, as well as other unmet transportation challenges.”

Brian Smith, P.E., Director of MATS UTC, agrees.  “Now is the time to focus on environmental sustainability. Building upon strong successful university/industry/agency partnerships, we have the ability to push research and education to create truly innovative offerings in transportation sustainability that have a direct impact on the mid-Atlantic region.”

Sessions will focus on identifying engineering best practices and strategic research needs in the areas of sustainable materials, asset management, sustainability rating systems, transportation and stormwater management, system resilience and transferring research to practice.  All sessions will be available as webinars (see below for registration links) and recorded sessions will be available after the meeting at

Elise Barrella, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University and the organizer of the event, hopes that the symposium turns ideas and research into action and implementation. “The interactive nature of the sessions is specifically intended to challenge people’s views about how we tackle sustainability issues. The transportation industry has a major impact on the environment yet it also has a huge opportunity to be a driving force in creating solutions.”

The in-person registration link is available here.  Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. The event has been approved for professional development credit, including a certificate of completion.

The sessions have been divided into three free WEBINARS.  Please sign up for the webinars that interest you by clicking on the hyperlink for each webinar:

10am – 12pm: The Role of Rating Systems
12:45 – 2pm: Life Cycle and Asset Management
2:15 – 4pm: Blue Highways (Stormwater, Climate Impact, Resilience and General Discussion)

The current schedule is available as a PDF document Symposium AgendaOne Page Flyer

DRAFT AGENDA – Green & Blue Highways: Environmental Sustainability Best Practices for Transportation

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10am-4pm

VT Executive Briefing Center, 900 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

9:30-10:00 Registration & Light Breakfast

10:00-10:45 Introduction (MATS UTC) & Keynote Speaker (Sustainability State of the Practice – Measuring and Monitoring – Dr. Josias Zietsman, Texas Transportation Institute & Chair of TRB Transportation Sustainability Committee)

10:45-11:15 Sustainability Rating Systems: Case Studies of FHWA’s INVEST (Dr. Connie Hill, FHWA Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team)

11:15-11:45 Sustainability Rating Systems: Role in Advancing Environmental Sustainability (Dr. Gary McVoy, McVoy Associates LLC)

11:45-12:00 Discussion

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Sustainable Materials & Lifecycle Assessment (Georgene M. Geary, GGfGA Engineering, LLC)

1:15-1:45 Managing Transportation System Health/Asset Management (Dr. Gerardo Flintsch, Virginia Tech)

1:45-2:00 Discussion

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-2:45 Blue Highways: Transportation and Stormwater Management (Ginny Snead, Louis Berger)

2:45-3:15 Climate Impacts and Resiliency of Transportation Network (Sam S. Belfield, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization)

3:15-4:00 Discussion: Research Needs and Transferring Research to Practice

*Note: All Speakers and Titles Subject to Change

For more information, contact Elise Barrella at or 540-568-7621.