FHWA 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards


USDOT Federal Highway Administration 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards


Accelerating Project Delivery
  • Deploys approaches to accelerate project delivery and demonstrates time savings and/or improved environmental or community outcomes.
  • Applications may also consider: use of virtual or proactive public involvement; strategic partnerships and/or collaboration; Planning and Environment Linkages, Every Day Counts, Eco-logical, or other FHWA national initiatives; safety; innovative mitigation efforts, such as capping; alternative uses of Right-of-Way; and/or noise from transportation projects, including incorporating innovative designs and materials for noise barriers.
Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Demonstrates creative solutions, such as through clean energy or renewable energy, to lead to quantifiable reduction in and/or improved tracking of air pollutants and/or greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Applications may also consider: alternative uses of Right-of-Way; climate change; sustainable materials; climate impacts; clean energy; and/or renewable energy.
Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
  • Improves the resilience of transportation projects through approaches that promote adaptation to and mitigate risks from climate change impacts.
  • Applications may also consider: modern and sustainable infrastructure; resilience solutions that incorporate community needs; equity; and/or assisting underserved communities.
Collaboration and Partnership
  • Demonstrates a commitment to interagency partnerships by establishing meaningful consultation and collaboration among three or more agencies from a range of sectors (public, private, non-profit).
  • Applications may also consider: improved environmental- or community-friendly outcomes; inclusive solutions; collaborative thinking; interagency partnerships to foster proactive public involvement; and/or stakeholder engagement.
Community Considerations in Transportation Improvements
  • Demonstrates how an increased amount or range of public involvement efforts met community needs and led to positive economic development outcomes.
  • Applications may also consider: State and community health; equity; thriving communities; complete streets; safety; economic benefit; economic and/or mobility justice; engaging underserved populations; and/or addressing systemic barriers to equity, environmental justice, and/or opportunity.
Context Sensitive Solutions
  • Delivers creative context sensitive transportation projects that preserve and enhance community and natural environments through early and continued communication and collaboration.
  • Applications may also consider: identifying and analyzing emerging trends; novel technology uses; complete streets; micromobility; safety; and/or innovation.
Cultural and Historical Resources
  • Demonstrates how investments in cultural and historic resource preservation and/or Tribal consultation during planning and early project development contributed to improved environmental outcomes.
  • Applications may also consider: meaningful stakeholder engagement; consultation and collaboration with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Nations; and/or recognition or consideration of historic, cultural, and/or community values.
Demonstrated Advances in Nondiscrimination, Including Environmental Justice
  • Demonstrates improvements in equity, community connections, and/or quality of life impacts on environmental justice populations or other underserved groups.
  • Applications may also consider: indirect and cumulative effects; public involvement efforts; community stakeholder engagement; enhanced data collection and analysis methods; and/or improved holistic decision-making processes.
Ecosystems, Habitat, and Wildlife
  • Enhances, restores, preserves and/or mitigates impacts to ecosystems or habitats through strategic partnerships with resource agencies.
  • Applications may also consider: ecosystem integrity; monitoring; adaptive management and/or improved environmental outcomes.
Educational and Training Programs
  • Develops educational or training programs that improve the public understanding of the transportation decision-making process or delivers skilled and prepared transportation workers with environmental expertise.
  • Applications may also consider: enhanced understanding of the interactions between the human and natural environments, climate change, equity, and/or environmental justice; public engagement; safety; and/or workforce development.
Environmental Leadership
  • A person, group, or organization that creates initiatives that enhance the human and/or natural environments, or incorporates those considerations into their organization.
  • Applications may also consider leaders that address: climate change; the climate crisis and risk mitigation; safety; systematic barriers to equity; and/or environmental, economic, and/or racial justice.
Environmental Research
  • Conducts applied research to deploy advanced transportation technology or contribute to knowledge of transportation, with consideration of the environment and community.
  • Applications may also consider: equity; environmental justice; sustainable infrastructure; climate resilience; renewable energy; safety; human and/or natural environment improvements; and/or the transportation decision-making process.
Nonmotorized and Multimodal Transportation
  • Improves multimodal networks, including partnerships to finance, develop, and/or implement multimodal infrastructure projects.
  • Applications may also consider: mobility; connectivity; accessibility; safety; convenience for all users; complete streets; micromobility; e-bikes; economic benefit; economic justice; mobility justice; and/or equal opportunities.
Programmatic Agreements
  • Utilizes a programmatic agreement and/or demonstrates novel approaches to improve environmental and/or community outcomes through collaboration.
  • Applications may also consider: improved project planning and delivery; streamlined processes; and/or collaboration among State departments of transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, resource and regulatory agencies, and/or relevant stakeholders.
Roadside Resource Management and Maintenance
  • Promotes roadside management and maintenance methods that contribute to high quality, sustainable environments.
  • Applications may also consider: integrated management; alternative uses of Right-of-Way; environmental protection; native vegetation; habitats; and/or pollinator health.
Wetlands, Watersheds, and Water Quality
  • Incorporates innovative or emerging technologies and approaches to improve stormwater management and protect water quality near highways.
  • Applications may also consider: Best Management Practices; before-and-after studies; regional approaches; wetland/stream/stormwater quality mitigation banking; and/or avoiding or minimizing impacts.