CCA-02 Pavement Sustainability (online)

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CEUs:  CEUs: 0.40

This course was developed in partnership with the City and County Pavement Improvement Center, funded by California Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. This class delivery is supported by the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance, which offers reduced registration fees to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies.


The course will introduce definitions and metrics for assessing and improving the sustainability of pavements across the life cycle using the concept of life cycle thinking. Strategies and approaches for different stages of the life cycle, different contexts, and differing goals of agencies will be discussed. Cost and social considerations will also be discussed. Expected future changes in tools, technologies, and policies for improving sustainability, and considerations to help assure that proposed changes have a high probability of improving sustainability will be presented. This is an introductory-level course offered by the City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC) in partnership with TechTransfer.

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Topics Include

  • Definitions, issues, metrics of sustainability
  • Pavement life cycle and life cycle thinking
  • Importance of context
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) for environmental quantification
  • Overview of social and financial sustainability indicators and approaches
  • Considerations and strategies for improving environmental sustainability in pavement life cycle stages
    • Design
    • Materials, design and procurement
    • Construction
    • Use
    • Maintenance and rehabilitation, pavement management
    • End of life
  • Use of LCA data to identify and prioritize
  • Use of cost and environmental data to prioritize
  • Expected trends in improving the sustainability of pavement

What You Will Learn

Course attendees will learn:
  • How pavement contributes to environmental impacts and finite resource use and magnitudes of contributions
  • How those impacts differ for different contexts
  • What life cycle thinking involves
  • How life cycle assessment (LCA) works to define systems and life cycles and quantify impacts
  • International, federal, state, local, and industry initiatives for using LCA
  • Brief overview of how social and financial sustainability indicators and approaches can be considered with environmental impacts to support decision making
  • Specific strategies and approaches for improving the environmental sustainability of pavement through design, materials specifications, construction specifications, procurement, pavement management, maintenance and rehabilitation, for different contexts
  • Use of LCA and life cycle cost analysis to help evaluate and prioritize alternative strategies, and how to do this in a simple way with available resources (applicable to other areas as well)
  • What is expected to occur over the next several years with respect to government and industry actions to improve the sustainability of pavement

Who Should Attend

Anyone involved in:
  • Pavement engineering, specifications, construction management
  • Pavement management
  • Civil infrastructure materials procurement
  • Policy and planning for streets, roads, active transportation
  • Sustainability planning and policy in any area

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