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INVEST
Self-assessment tool for transportation sustainability
Tina Hodges, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Natural Environment, DC
Joseph Vaughn, Federal Highway Administration, California Division
Webinar with CalTrans
October 1, 2013

Agenda

Activity
Welcome, Introductions, Purpose of Training
Sustainability and Introduction to INVEST
Q&A
Video: Ohio DOT Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge
Demonstration: Stepping Through INVEST
Q&A
Criteria in Action: Discussion of how different agencies used INVEST criteria to
evaluate, score, and improve the sustainability of their projects
Q&A
Discussion: How might INVEST help you in your work?
Next Steps: Additional resources, opportunities

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What is Sustainability?
Key Elements
• Balance between three
principles
• Stewardship for the present
and future

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What are Sustainable Highway Systems?

• Integral part of sustainable development; not to be viewed
in isolation
• Satisfies functional requirements
• Fulfills transportation goals and needs
• Addresses development and economic growth
• Avoids, minimizes, and reduces impacts
› Environment
› Consumption of resources

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What is INVEST?

INVEST - Infrastructure Voluntary
Evaluation Sustainability Tool
A web-based self-evaluation tool for assessing
sustainability over the life cycle of a transportation
project or program — from system and project planning
through design and construction, to operations and
maintenance

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INVEST 1.0 – FHWA’s Sustainability Tool
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Translates broad
sustainability principles
into specific actions
Web-based selfassessment tool
Helps transportation
agencies assess and
improve sustainability
(economic, social,
environmental outcomes)
Voluntary
Free, easy to use
Practical
Users: state DOTs, MPOs,
local governments,
contractors, others


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Supporting the Entire Life Cycle

System
Planning &
Processes

Project
Development

Operations &
Maintenance

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INVEST’s Niche among Sustainability Tools

Credit for graphic: Lisa Reid, Anneke Davis, Tim Bevan, CH2MHill
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Evolution of INVEST

Beta Test
Version

Pilot Test
Version

• Released
Fall 2010
•Over 700
comments
from
AASHTO,
EPA, SMEs,
others

• Released
Fall 2011
• Over 1,200
comments
from pilot
test
participants,
SMEs, FTA,
others

Version
1.0

Future
Versions

• Released
October 2012
• Currently being
implemented
by 18 agencies

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INVEST Pilot Sites
By the Numbers
Puget Sound Regional Council
Western
Federal Lands
Oregon DOT

15 states ha...
INVEST
Self-assessment tool for transportation sustainability
Tina Hodges, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Natural Environment, DC
Joseph Vaughn, Federal Highway Administration, California Division
Webinar with CalTrans
October 1, 2013
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