TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 708: A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies describes the underlying principles of sustainability as it relates to transportation, possible goals that can be used to address those principles, and performance measures that can be used to address those goals.
Aspects of sustainability-related performance measures, including data sources and examples of use, are discussed. A reference compendium of performance measures has also been provided.
In addition to the guidebook, the contractor's project Final Report contains the results of the literature review, surveys of the state of the practice, case study interviews, detail on research methodology and findings, and a discussion of future research needs is available on the NCHRP Project 08-74 website.
A CD-ROM, included in the print version of the guidebook, contains an Excel-spreadsheet-based version of the performance measures compendium located in Appendix B of the guidebook. The spreadsheet allows the existing measures to be modified, and macros enable the user to generate and export a custom list of measures. Instructions for using the spreadsheet are found in Appendix C.
The CD-ROM is also available for download from TRB's website as an ISO image. Links to the ISO image and instructions for burning a CD-ROM from an ISO image are provided below.
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Table of Contents
|About This Guide||1-1|
|How Is It Organized?||2-2|
|Guiding Principles of Sustainability||3-3|
|Sustainability and Sustainable Transportation||4-7|
|Using Performance Measures for Sustainability||8-9|
|Understand Why You Are Doing This||10-10|
|Understand Where You Are Starting From||11-12|
|Phasing in a Performance Measurement Approach||13-13|
|Step 1 - Understanding Sustainability||16-16|
|Step 2 - Developing Transportation Sustainability Goals||17-20|
|Step 3 - Developing Objectives||21-21|
|Step 4 - Developing Performance Measures||22-23|
|Step 5 - Implementing Performance Measures||24-26|
|Step 6 - Refining the Framework and Applying Feedback||27-27|
|Compendium of Objectives and Performance Measures||28-30|
|Workshop Materials to Facilitate Performance Measurement Development||31-31|
|Chapter 7 - Sustainability Measures Checklist||32-33|
|What Are Some Agencies Doing?||34-45|
|Rating Systems for Sustainability||46-46|
|Appendix A - Defining Sustainability for Your Agency||50-53|
|Appendix B - Performance Measures Compendium||54-120|
|Appendix C - Electronic Compendium User Instructions||121-126|
|Appendix D - Sustainability Performance Measure Examples||127-162|
|Appendix E - Data Sources||163-164|
|Appendix F - Case Studies and Rating System Summaries||165-186|
|Appendix G - Project Overview and Interactive Workshop Material||187-188|
|Appendix H - Glossary||189-191|
|Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications||193-193|