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Access and Mobility for the 21st Century

This course is part of ASCE's NEW Sustainable Infrastructure Certificate.

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Donna Day, M.S. P.Eng
Dan Hardy, P.E., PTP
Mariah VanZerr, AICP

Course Length: 5 hours

Purpose and Background

Sustainable development entails maintaining and improving quality of life indefinitely without degrading the quantity, quality or availability of natural, economic, and social resources.  Access and mobility are key elements in connecting people to economic and social opportunities to improve their quality of life.   This course examines the evolving state of the practice in defining, measuring, and achieving more sustainable access and mobility throughout all stages of a project life-cycle from planning and design, to implementation, operation, and reuse/removal.  The course reviews basic definitions for access and mobility and ways in which these concepts can be measured for both transport and non-transport projects.  The course reviews the state of the practice for measuring sustainable access and mobility from a holistic, top-down perspective and from sustainability certification systems currently in use, considering both overarching concepts as well as case studies.
Seminar Benefits

Upon completion of this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Apply state of the practice concepts in sustainable access and mobility to planning, designing, implementing and operating both transport and non-transport infrastructure
  • Build your confidence as a leader and educator on issues related to sustainable engineering for the 21st century
  • Participate in advancing the state of the practice for sustainable transportation evaluation and certification systems
  • Use concepts and ideas presented in this course to advance your career

Learning Outcomes

The primary learning outcomes for the Access & Mobility course are:
  • Define sustainable access and mobility
  • Explain how sustainability is related to other transportation paradigms such as livability, land use, context-sensitive solutions, community participation and complete streets
  • Incorporate sustainable access and mobility throughout the development cycle (planning, programming, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and renovation/removal).
  • Select appropriate tools from a wide range of traditional and emerging sustainability performance measures for access and mobility
  • Apply sustainable access and mobility performance measures that appropriately incorporate the effect of project design on influencing traveler behavior
  • Be familiar with several case studies that exemplify improved sustainability for access and mobility planning, design, construction, and operations in locations across the US
  • Include practitioners across a wide range of disciplines as helpful to maximize potential for co-benefits and foster advocacy.- Actively engage in sustainability evaluation process development; current measures, tools, and case studies are continually being updated

Intended Audience
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Planners
  • Representatives of local, state, or federal agencies
  • Professionals interested in access and mobility concerns associated with infrastructure projects