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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 Jennifer Symoun (SAIC) via email 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
October 15, 2014
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Sustainability Strategies for Addressing Freight Transportation-Related Air Quality Impacts U.S. and global economic activity and growth are driven by international and intra-national trade. This trade is facilitated by complex, dynamic, and time-sensitive supply chain systems that move goods across the globe. To remain competitive, companies' supply chains must offer rapid, reliable, and efficient service. However, supply chains also affect the environment and local communities, particularly as a result of air emissions from freight transportation. Recognition of the environmental and human impacts of freight transportation has led to pressure for action. Sustainable approaches to mitigating the environmental and health impacts of freight transportation while supporting economic growth and job creation facilitated by national and global trade is a critical, yet complex, challenge confronting both the public and private sectors. Neither public sector governments nor private sector companies can accomplish this objective on their own.

This webinar will discuss freight carriers and shippers initiatives to address supply chain air emissions, and will consider where public agencies can best assist these efforts through regulation, incentives and investment. The presentations are based on research undertaken on behalf of the Transport Research Board's (TRB's) National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), and are published in NCFRP Report 28, "Public Sector Sustainability Strategies for Addressing Supply Chain Air Emissions".
Public Sector Sustainability Strategies for Addressing Supply Chain Air Emissions – Overview
This presentation will provide the research project background and the methodology employed during the research. At the end of the webinar presentations, it will also include suggestions for policy-makers resulting from the research findings.
  • Joe Bryan, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Private Sector Initiatives to Address Supply Chain Air Emissions
This presentation will discuss how freight shippers and carriers are addressing their air emissions by means of operational optimization, investment in equipment and technology, and through increased focus on sustainability. The presentation will examine where the private sector companies are best positioned to take the lead in emissions reduction, and will identify where public sector intervention may be required.
  • David Bovet, Norbridge, Inc.
Public Sector initiatives to address supply chain air emissions
This presentation will discuss how public sector agencies can best assist in reducing emissions through regulation, incentives and investment. The presentation will include global, good practice examples of effective and not-as-effective approaches in addressing air emissions in ways that enable business innovation and economic development while also protecting the human and natural environments.
  • Peta Wolmarans, CH2M HILL

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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