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Voigt K.H.,University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee | McCombs B.,Traffic Design Group Ltd.
ITE Journal (Institute of Transportation Engineers) | Year: 2010

It is critical that our profession remain relevant to todays issues. In our visits with transportation students from around the world, any discussion about the environment becomes an instant attention getter. We are already having a significant impact on securing a sustainable future, as documented in this paper. We should take credit for these efforts and promote increased transportation sustainability actions. We should increase our integration of ITS technologies and should design our systems for all users and provide modal choices. We also need to work with land use planners to create street systems that promote connectivity and reduce encouragement of urban sprawl. ITE is working on the development of a Leadership in Environmental Excellence in Design (LEED)-like certification program for transportation operations. Not only will this program recognize those programs and agencies that are actively managing our transportation systems to reduce emissions and fuel consumption; it will also serve to promote our profession's role in environmental stewardship. ITE is well placed, with members in 90 different countries and members of all age groups who are already contributing their knowledge and expertise toward meeting the challenges that are before us. There is much work ahead, but with the right amount of steadfastness and effort, it can and will be done.

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