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Project Overview and Interactive Workshop Material G-1 Appendix G Project Overview and Interactive Workshop Material The research team presented two interactive practitioner workshops in April 2011. The aim of these workshops was to evaluate the practical application of the framework as presented in the guidebook, to test the application in practice, and to incorporate feedback received, as appropriate, to further enhance the guidebook. The presentation materials used for these workshops, including supplementary material and handouts, have been modified and included on the CD-ROM accompanying this guidebook. They are also available for download at the NCHRP project website. These materials may be used/adapted by your agency to present the SPM framework and guidebook or train a working group in the hands-on application of the approach to developing sustainability performance measures described in this guidebook. A suggested agenda for the workshop follows. The workshop is developed as a day-long session with a break for lunch. The first part of the workshop should be conducted in an instructional format, with a facilitator describing the basic concepts of sustainability and performance measurement, the framework developed as part of this research, and the overall research approach by means of a PowerPoint presentation. The research products, including the guidebook and electronic compendium, should also be introduced. The handouts provided to participants should include key material from the guidebook. The instruction provided should also include a demonstration on the use of the electronic compendium to identify objectives and performance measures. After the introductory lessons, the participants are divided into groups for an interactive exercise. The exercise is structured to allow the participants to walk through the major steps of applying the framework to understand sustainability; identify goals, objectives, and measures; and discuss practical applications of the measures. Participants may be divided into groups representing divisions within an agency. A group representing the agency as a whole may also be included. A rough participant brief can include Developing a position statement that defines how their division understands sustainability in the broader context of their agency; Identifying five goals, 10 objectives, and up to 15 performance measures using the recommended goals and the electronic compendium of objectives and measures as a starting point; and Discussing applications of the performance measures and data sources for their quantification. On completion of the interactive exercise, groups are asked to report back on their findings. The workshop can then conclude with a group discussion of the process and future research needs, followed by a final review and recap by the facilitator.

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G-2 A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies Suggested Workshop Agenda 09:0009:15 Welcome and Introductions 09:1509:30 Purpose and Overview 09:3010:15 Background What does sustainability mean? Performance measures for sustainability Application of performance measures 10:1510:30 Break 10:3011:00 Introduction to Guidebook Guidebook Modules Spreadsheet-based compendium 11:0012:00 Interactive Exercise Briefing Participant exercise 12:0013:00 Lunch 13:0014:00 Interactive Exercise Participant exercise (continues) 14:0014:45 Group Presentations and Discussion 14:4515:00 Final Review and Conclusion