Greening the Road - Using Green Rating Systems to Evaluate Your Transportation Project

Online /
May 20, 2022 /
Course Code: 0503-WEB22

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After Participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • To design and recognize specification and construction activities that can reduce and recycle road building resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote environmental stewardship
  • Communicate and promote sustainability concepts to road design and construction professionals and other stakeholders
  • Provide and use logical and defendable tools to demonstrate and be accountable for environmental sustainability
  • Better evaluate tradeoff and decisions with respect to sustainability practices
  • Promote innovative design and construction practices that promote sustainability
  • Understand and use systems to document the positive impact of sustainable practices


Green pavements can be defined as roadways that use fewer long-term resources and/or create lower levels of “greenhouse” gasses, from all sources, over the life of the pavement.

These goals can be achieved through the following means:

  • Utilize fewer resources than are currently used during construction or rehabilitation (or maintenance) of pavements
  • Utilize pavement materials that create fewer greenhouse gasses during production, transportation and construction than are currently used
  • Construct pavements that result in better fuel economy than are currently constructed (or reconstructed, etc.)

While many other approaches may warrant consideration, such as using mass transit, green vehicles or even bicycle riding, etc., this webinar concentrates on roadways in particular, recognizing that other aspects of green initiatives will take place in any event. There are several green rating systems that have been developed to evaluate the environmental friendliness of transportation design and rehabilitation projects. This webinar introduces the concepts of green rating systems and provides worked examples of three of the more commonly used systems for roadway projects. 

Course Outline

This webinar provides examples of the benefits of green infrastructure including:

  • Better pavement design, proper use of pavement management techniques (“good roads cost less”), and timely pavement preservation
  • Smoothness specifications for any pavement project
  • Use recycled materials, such as rubber, recycled asphalt and concrete, waste and by-product materials, etc. 
  • Use of supplementary cementitious materials in cement production and concrete mixture design
  • Use recycled coarse aggregates for both concrete and asphalt mix designs
  • Use material sources closer to the construction site
  • Use polymer- and rubber-modified asphalt concrete, which oftentimes result in reduced thickness designs and longer-life pavements
  • Use “smarter” pavement designs that break down projects by-lane and section-by-section wherever feasible

Who Should Attend?

  • Architects, engineers and technicians involved in sustainable road design and construction
  • Agency personnel involved in the delivery of transportation infrastructure
  • Consultants involved in the evaluation of pavement condition
  • Recyclers and suppliers of alternative materials used for pavement construction
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


David Hein, P.Eng

David Hein, P.Eng. is a consulting Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the design, evaluation and management of transportation infrastructure.  He recently retired from Applied Research Associates, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario.  He is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation and Development Institute (ASCE T&DI), chair of the Workforce Development Council and chair of 5 engineering standards committees. 

He is a long term member of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), Past-Chair of the pavements committee and member of the Workforce Development Council and past members of the Transportation Research Board pavement management, pavement maintenance and pavement preservation committees.  He has represented Canada on the World Road Association (WRA) pavements and asset management committees since 2002 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Canadian National Committee to the WRA.  He also recently stepped down after 10 years as Executive Director of the Falling Weight Deflectometer User Group. 

He has been involved in numerous national and international research, evaluation and asset management projects for Federal, State, Provincial and Municipal agencies and many of the public/private/ partnership highway construction projects across Canada and the United States.

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Fee & Credits

$75 + taxes

  • 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 1 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points
  • This course has been approved by the AIBC for 1 Non-Core Learning Units

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