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One of my transit friends sent me this article today. This is a side of
the Health and Transportation interchange (and collaboration) that we do
not always think about.
Rail News: Passenger Rail
RTD's board agrees to relocate proposed rail station
The Regional Transportation District of Denver's (RTD) board agreed
earlier this week to approve a request to move the planned Montview
Station on the Interstate-225 Rail Line to a new location on Fitzsimons
Parkway. The request came from the University of Colorado Anschutz
Medical Campus, which asked that the station be moved due to concerns
about adequate mitigation of electromagnetic interference and vibration
near sensitive research equipment at existing and future medical
buildings, RTD officials said in a press release.
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This new report may be of interest to you and your networks.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment - the way we build our cities and towns - directly affects our environment and public health. The report was announced by EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe during a national Twitter Town Hall meeting in Washington, DC with Maurice Jones, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing, and Development (HUD), and John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
The publication, Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality, provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies - where and how we build our communities -- can reduce the environmental and human health impacts of development.
"Although findings might differ on the magnitude of the effects of different practices, the evidence is overwhelming that some types of development yield better environmental results than others," the report asserts.
"This report will be useful for communities across the country looking to make smart development decisions," said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "Whether it's housing, transportation, or environmental issues, this report can help communities protect public health and the environment by avoiding harmful development strategies."
The publication is important and timely because population growth and demographic changes will substantially alter the way our nation is developed over the next half century and beyond.
"Researchers have estimated that as much as two-thirds of the development that will exist in 40 to 45 years does not exist today," the report states, "meaning that decisions we make about how and where that development occurs could significantly affect our health and the health of the environment."
The report, the second edition of a popular document published in 2001, summarizes trends in land use, buildings, travel behavior, population growth, and the expansion of developed land. It then discusses the environmental consequences of these trends, such as habitat loss, degradation of water resources and air quality, urban heat islands, greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change, and other health and safety effects. Environmental impacts linked to building and development patterns include:
Although technology has reduced per-car vehicle emissions, an approximate 250-percent increase in vehicle miles travelled since 1970 has offset potential gains.
Transportation is responsible for 27 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions; residential and commercial buildings contribute 18 percent and 17 percent, respectively.
The report concludes by describing ways to reduce such effects. Strategies include safeguarding sensitive areas; focusing development in built-up areas and around existing transit stations; building compact; mixed-use developments; designing streets that are safe for all users, including walkers and bikers; and using green building techniques.
More information about the report and an upcoming webinar: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/built.htm <http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/built.htm>
Greetings TRB Subcommittee Friends,
The TRB health and transportation subcommittee developed a newsletter last year as a way to stay up to date: http://www.trbhealth.org/newsletter
We're looking for content for the next edition.
Send any pertinent updates from your organization or beyond (content that's being sought: new reports, new research, upcoming conferences or events) for consideration via email by July 5 to me (eloisa.raynault(a)apha.org<mailto:email@example.com>).
And remember, do not 'reply all' to this message to avoid cluttering inboxes!
Thank you in advance,
Eloisa Raynault | American Public Health Association | 800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 | Transportation, Health and Equity Program Manager | o: 202-777-2487 | http://www.apha.org/transportation
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FYI and feel free to distribute as appropriate.
From: Brickett, Jennifer [mailto:JBrickett@aashto.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 11:31 AM
To: Brickett, Jennifer
Subject: 2013 Call for Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas
[Description: cid:image001.jpg@01CE5C56.3018D640] 2013 Call for Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas
You are invited to submit your transportation and environmental research ideas to the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO via the Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas (TERI) Database. The TERI database is a "one stop" location for keeping track of transportation practitioners' research ideas across the environmental spectrum. It has become a valuable resource for organizations that fund, conduct, and utilize research.
Each year, AASHTO makes a special request for new research ideas to be submitted into the TERI database. Once fresh ideas have been gathered, the Center for Environmental Excellence will work with AASHTO's Standing Committee on Environment (SCOE) to select and refine a group of the best ideas listed in TERI and recommend them for funding through the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP).
Last year, AASHTO used the TERI database to put forward 14 research ideas for funding through NCHRP, including 11 ideas for the quick turnaround, environmentally-focused NCHRP "25-25" program (research that can be completed in less than one year and under $125,000) and three ideas for funding as full-scale NCHRP projects, which typically range from $200,000 to $750,000 and take two to three years to complete. All three of the full-scale NCHRP projects and six of the 25-25 studies were selected for funding.
You can access the TERI database and submit your research ideas by clicking on the following link: http://www.environment.transportation.org/teri_database/suggest_idea.aspx. On the webpage you will find a template for submitting research ideas. When submitting an idea, please be sure to include a clear title, a detailed scope, and information about the approximate timeframe and budget.
The Center will accept new TERI research ideas through Tuesday, June 18th. If you are unable to make the deadline, you may still submit your ideas, but we will not consider them for recommendation to NCHRP in this cycle.
In addition to submitting your own ideas, we hope that you will share this notice with your colleagues and ask them to submit ideas. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Brickett, Program Manager for the Environment at AASHTO, at (202) 624-8815. Thank you for helping us to identify promising environmental research ideas.
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