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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Nicole Coene (Leidos) via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
April 15, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Measuring Lifecycle Impacts of Freight Transportation Emissions Freight transportation activities often generate significant emissions, both gas and particulate, that negatively impact air quality. Both governments, through implementing regulations that require reduced emissions to protect the public good, and freight transportation operators, through meeting the regulatory requirements and implementing innovative approaches that increase fuel and energy efficiency and decrease emissions while also lowering costs, have made significant strides in recent years to cut gas and particulate emissions and diminish freight transportation's impacts on air quality. However, with freight volumes continuing to grow, particularly when the U.S. and global economies grow, minimizing freight transportation's impact on air quality remains a challenge. Additionally, though many infrastructure and operational projects that are implemented can provide shorter-term air quality benefits, it is sometimes unclear what the lifecycle-length air quality impacts are for many freight transportation projects. Getting a better handle on the lifecycle impacts of gas and particulate emissions will help both public and private sector organizations more clearly understand the true benefits and costs of transportation projects from both an air quality and overall transportation perspective.

This webinar will examine how the lifecycle impacts of freight transportation emissions for infrastructure, operational, and other types of transportation projects can be more comprehensively measured and assessed.
Measuring the Lifecycle Impacts of Freight Transportation Emissions – Overview
This presentation will discuss some of the various ways the lifecycle of freight transportation-related emissions can be measured and assessed.
  • Mike Chester, Arizona State University
FHWA Infrastructure Carbon Estimator Tool
This presentation will discuss the recently-developed FHWA Infrastructure Carbon Estimator Tool, which attempts to more comprehensively measure the lifecycle emissions impacts of various larger and smaller-scale transportation projects.
  • John Davies, FHWA Office of Natural Environment
  • Jeff Houk, FHWA Resource Center
  • Frank Galavan, ICF International
Freight Vehicles Lifecycle Emissions Assessment
This presentation will examine various ways the lifecycle of freight vehicle emissions can be measured and mitigated.
  • Chris Porter, Cambridge Systematics

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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