This webinar was developed by the ITE Sustainability Standing Committee.
Join this webinar to hear how we address the interconnected challenges of sustainability and health in transportation. Learn about resources and tools available to transportation professionals to integrate sustainability and health into transportation planning, project design, and programming.
Transportation is much more than mobility. How transportation systems are planned, designed, and built either facilitate access to health-supporting destinations, such as employment, grocery stores, or health care services, or presents a barrier to reaching them. Communities are designed to support physical activity or encourage sedentary living. Exposure to vehicular air pollution, particularly along high-volume roads, increases a community's risk to asthma and heart disease. Transportation is the leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the US. Low-income communities and communities of color are overrepresented in traffic fatalities, exposure to vehicular emissions, and will be among those most affected by climate change.
- Identify transportation’s impacts on health, climate, and equity.
- Recognize the proven land use and transportation strategies that help improve human health, reduce climate pollution, and improve equity.
- Define life-cycle assessment and understand how LCA tools fit into sustainability rating systems.
- Give examples of how LCA can be used for decision making, specifically through the use of environmental and health product declarations.
- Give examples of how sustainability rating systems can address health, environmental, and social issues.