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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
April 16, 2014
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Environmental Benchmarking in Freight Transportation Freight transportation movements, while providing significant economic and quality of life benefits to communities, regions, states, and countries, also create environmental impacts in those jurisdictions. Both public sector governments and private sector freight carriers and manufacturers have worked to reduce emissions and other environmental impacts created by freight transportation movements. In order to better measure those environmental impacts, some organizations, both public and private, have created benchmarks to more easily compare and quantify the amount of emissions generated by vehicles or products on a relative basis. By understanding the quantity of emissions generated relative to set standards, freight carriers and manufacturers can more easily take actions that reduce emissions down to acceptable levels that meet benchmark requirements.

This webinar will provide an overview of how freight transportation-related emissions can be measured and benchmarked relative to existing norms. It will also include discussion about specific efforts freight carriers and manufacturers are taking to meet or surpass environmental benchmarks.

Environmental Benchmarking in Freight Transportation – Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of a Transportation Research Board's "Handbook on Applying Environmental Benchmarking in Freight Transportation". Various existing, private sector examples of environmental benchmarking across multiple freight transportation modes will be reviewed and discussed.

Marine Freight Transportation Environmental Benchmarking
This presentation will discuss some of the marine freight transportation-related environmental benchmarking efforts that have been created and utilized by marine freight carriers and shippers/manufacturers that utilize marine freight shipments.
  • Larry O'Rourke, ICF International
  • Nate Springer, Business for Social Responsibility

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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