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The 2nd T&DI Green Streets, Highways and Development Conference closed last week with a decided flourish: Nationally known skate park designer Kanten Russell of Stantec skateboarded into the plenary session and jumped a set of stairs to make his point that boarding is here to stay (so let’s design for it)! The session capped an action-filled conference that included bicycle and bus tours to sustainable street venues in Austin, a discussion “To Whom do Your Standards Apply? Yada, Yada, People Centric” that stayed on late into the afternoon, and dozens of terrific technical presentations from LID case studies to CO2 sequestration research papers. Conference tracks included Green Design, Construction and Asset Management, Profitable Green Development and Sustainable Land Use Planning.
November, as usual, is a busy moth before the end of the year as many of us also preparing for the January Transportation Research Board (TRB) meetings in Washington, DC. Ten T&DI Committees will be holding meetings at the TRB Annual Meetings. Please check the schedule included in this newsletter. If you plan to be at the TRB, please join us at The T&DI Board of Governors Reception; it will be on Monday, January 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Bird Cage in the Omni Shoreham hotel.
I would like to wish the Midwest tornado victims a fast recovery and for all T&DI members a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!
Committee Meeting Schedule During TRB
Transportation Safety Committee Meeting - Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 1:00 - 2:30PM - Marriot, Park Tower Suite 8219
Conference Wrap Up
Infrastructure Committee Meeting - Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 4 - 6PM - Marriot - Park Tower Suite 8219
Aviation Planning and Operations Meeting - Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 5 - 7PM - Omni Shoreham -Embassy
Rail Committee - Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 5PM - Marriot - Madison A
Airfield/Highway/LTPP Pavements Meeting - Sunday,January 12, 2014 - 5 - 9PM - Omni Shoreham - Congressional
Advanced Technologies Committee Meeting - Monday, January 13, 2014 - 7:30 - 8:30AM - Marriot, Park Tower Suite 8212
Security Committee - Monday, January 13, 2014 -10 - 11AM - Marriot, Park Tower Suite 8212
Street and Highway Operations Meeting - Monday, January 13, 2014 -12 - 1:30PM - Marriot, Park Tower Suite 8212
Planning, Economics and Finance Meeting - Monday, January 13, 2014 - 5:30PM - Omni Shoreham, Embassy
Board of Governors Reception - Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6 - 7PM - Omni Shoreham, Embassy
Committee on Sustainability and Environment - Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 6PM - Marriot, Taylor
A group of twelve younger went to Serranos, a local favorite that serves Tex-Mex and mesquite grilled items. Over dinner and drinks, the group discussed career plans, travel goals, and their thoughts on the first day of the conference. These younger members were an extremely well-educated group, with more than half having or in the process of obtaining a doctoral degree.
Clearly the topic of sustainability in transportation attracts some of the brightest minds in the field, and the Green Streets and Highways Conference was designed to take advantage of the demand for new transportation solutions.
Anchor Concrete gets license from CarbonCure for its green concrete technology
Oldcastle APG's Anchor Concrete Products division has reached a licensing agreement with CarbonCure Technologies. The retrofit technology will be added to Anchor's New Jersey plant. "We are excited about the opportunity to partner with CarbonCure and utilize this technology, which positions our company to respond to the rapidly growing demand for greener building materials," said Matt Lynch of Oldcastle APG.
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Illinois Center for Transportation
Researchers Work "Tire-lessly" to Find Answers
Researchers at the Illinois Center for Transportation are devoting considerable time and effort on a tool to help state agencies and highway construction materials engineers evaluate the effects of new-generation wide-base tires on existing pavements and to provide guidance about the use of wide-base tires on pavements. Wide-base tires offer important economic, safety, and environmental benefits. They improve fuel economy by reducing weight and aerodynamic drag, and they have the potential to reduce noise and improve stability. However, the impact of wide-base tires on pavement life must also be considered.