Pavement Sustainability

Dates: February 13-15, 2023

Meets: M and W from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Online

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

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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

For More Information

About our courses and credits, see our FAQ

About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll

Note: There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes. If you are worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you do not test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.


Group Pricing Special

We offer group discounts for most of our online classes. Pay for one online class registration at full-price and receive up to five additional registrations from the same agency for the same class at half-price. To receive a discount for your group, you need to contact our Registrar for a promotional code before registering. We will not offer discounts retroactively, or process refunds for the discount after registration fees have been paid. For more information about or to apply for the group discount, please contact the registrar at Some online courses are excluded from this offer.

Class Schedule

Monday, February 13, 2023 :: 2:00-4:00 pm :: Pacific Time
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 :: 2:00-4:00 pm :: Pacific Time

This is a live online course. All times for the online lecture are in (California) Pacific Time. Approximately one week before the course start date, all paid students will receive detailed instructions on how to access the web based lecture and course site. You will also receive instructions on how to access the student course notebook.

Please make sure we have your updated contact information and you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture. We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes.

If you're worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator, Jay Johnson, the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you don't test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.

Fee Breakdown

FeeCA Public Agency$ 145.00
Fee-AlternateStandard fee$ 290.00



Ali Butt

PhD, Associate Project Scientist, Project Manager, Pavement Research Center, University of California Davis

Dr. Butt is an Associate Project Scientist working at the University of California Pavement Research Center, UC Davis. Currently, he is doing research and project managing number of federal and state funded sustainable transport infrastructures projects. Some of the projects include pavement structural responsiveness; development of transport infrastructures life cycle assessment (LCA) guidelines, frameworks and tools; development of LCA frameworks for complete streets and urban metabolism; and several others. He has been teaching several courses for last 15 years. Dr. Butt acquired BE degree in Civil Engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan) and, MSc and PhD from KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).

John Harvey

PhD, PE, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Davis

Prof. Harvey is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis, where he teaches pavement engineering and construction management, Director of the UC Pavement Research Center (UCPRC), and founding Director of the City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC). He has worked in the pavement field for 35 years. He has been Principal Investigator for 20 years for projects for research, development and implementation for pavement materials, structural design, asset management, construction, cost, and environmental topics for Caltrans, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, other state and national agencies, and industry. Before returning home to California for graduate school John worked five years in Texas consulting and as a contract public works official in Nigeria. His PE license is from California.

Date Day Time Location
02/13/2023Monday2 PM to 4 PM Online
02/15/2023Wednesday2 PM to 4 PM Online


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