NCHRP Report 708: A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies
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NCHRP Report 708:
A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies
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TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 708: A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies describes the underlying principles of sustainability as it relates to transportation, possible goals that can be used to address those principles, and performance measures that can be used to address those goals.

Aspects of sustainability-related performance measures, including data sources and examples of use, are discussed. A reference compendium of performance measures has also been provided.

In addition to the guidebook, the contractor's project Final Report contains the results of the literature review, surveys of the state of the practice, case study interviews, detail on research methodology and findings, and a discussion of future research needs is available on the NCHRP Project 08-74 website.

A CD-ROM, included in the print version of the guidebook, contains an Excel-spreadsheet-based version of the performance measures compendium located in Appendix B of the guidebook. The spreadsheet allows the existing measures to be modified, and macros enable the user to generate and export a custom list of measures. Instructions for using the spreadsheet are found in Appendix C.

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203 pages | 8.5 x 11

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-x
About This Guide 1-1
How Is It Organized? 2-2
Guiding Principles of Sustainability 3-3
Sustainability and Sustainable Transportation 4-7
Using Performance Measures for Sustainability 8-9
Understand Why You Are Doing This 10-10
Understand Where You Are Starting From 11-12
Phasing in a Performance Measurement Approach 13-13
Fundamental Components 14-14
Auxiliary Components 15-15
Step 1 - Understanding Sustainability 16-16
Step 2 - Developing Transportation Sustainability Goals 17-20
Step 3 - Developing Objectives 21-21
Step 4 - Developing Performance Measures 22-23
Step 5 - Implementing Performance Measures 24-26
Step 6 - Refining the Framework and Applying Feedback 27-27
Compendium of Objectives and Performance Measures 28-30
Workshop Materials to Facilitate Performance Measurement Development 31-31
Chapter 7 - Sustainability Measures Checklist 32-33
What Are Some Agencies Doing? 34-45
Rating Systems for Sustainability 46-46
Summary 47-47
Additional Resources 48-49
Appendix A - Defining Sustainability for Your Agency 50-53
Appendix B - Performance Measures Compendium 54-120
Appendix C - Electronic Compendium User Instructions 121-126
Appendix D - Sustainability Performance Measure Examples 127-162
Appendix E - Data Sources 163-164
Appendix F - Case Studies and Rating System Summaries 165-186
Appendix G - Project Overview and Interactive Workshop Material 187-188
Appendix H - Glossary 189-191
References 192-192
Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications 193-193

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