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1 Practice: New York State's Green Leadership In Transportation Environmental Sustainability (GreenLITES)
Categories: Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Sustainability
State: New York
Organization: New York State Department of Transportation
Contact: Paul Krekeler
Title: GreenLITES Program Manager
Email: Paul.Krekeler@dot.ny.gov
Phone: (518) 457-0919
Description: GreenLITES is a self-certification program that rewards transportation projects and operations based on the extent to which they incorporate sustainable practices. Primarily an internal management program for New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), GreenLITES measures performance, recognizes effective practices, and identifies where projects need to improve. It also provides NYSDOT with a way to demonstrate to the public how they are advancing sustainable practices. NYSDOT evaluates project designs and operations for sustainable practices and assigns an appropriate certification level based on the total credits received.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=https://www.dot.ny.gov/programs/greenlites
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
2 Practice: NYSDOT ROW in Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats
Category: Coastal Zone Management & Coastal Barrier Resources
State: New York
Organization: New York Department of State - Coastal Management Program
Contact: Jeffrey  Zappieri
Title: Deputy Bureau Chief, Resources Management Bureau
Email: jzappieri@dos.state.ny.us
Phone: 518-473-2476
Description: The purpose of NY State designated Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats are to advance Federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) objectives and State Coastal Management Program (CMP) policies relating to the protection, preservation, and, where practical, restoration of those designated habitats. CZMA and State "consistency" provisions require activities, actions, or authorizations by Federal or State agencies, or involving financial assistance from Federal or State agencies to others to be consistent with the NYS CMP policy to protect, preserve, and where practical restore the designated habitat that would be affected by the activity. The "test" that determines whether an activity is subject to these general provisions, and review and decision-making by the NY State Department of State in accordance with 15 CFR Part 930 is based on whether there would be any reasonably foreseeable direct or indirect effect on the designated habitat, no matter whether the habitat includes a ROW or any other public or private property, and no matter whether the activity would be in or outside of the habitat. If an activity 2,000 feet or more from a designated habitat would have an effect on the habitat, the activity is subject to these provisions.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
3 Practice: Section 106 and 4(f) Programmatic Agreements for Historic Canal Bridges
Categories: Historic
Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Mitigation
Process/NEPA
State: New York
Organization: Federal Highway Administration NY Division
Contact: Jeffrey  Berna
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: Jeffrey.Berna@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 518-431-4125 ext. 220
Description: The New York State Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) New York Division Office, and the New York State Historic Preservation Officer have developed a programmatic agreement to streamline the Section 106 processes in New York. The programmatic has been utilized to streamline the 106 process for the 180 historic bridges on the New York State Canal System (Historic Canal System). There are 16 canal bridges that are individually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and 164 canal bridges that are eligible as contributing components to the Historic Canal System. The FHWA New York Division Office developed, published and approved a companion Section 4(f) programmatic that can be applied to these same canal bridges, based on following the decision process outlined in the 106 agreement.

Either one or both programmatic agreements have been successfully applied to the following projects, expediting the processes: Clay Hill Road over the Champlain Canal, Fort Ann/ Washington County Day Road Bridge over the Erie Canal, Lockport/ Niagara County Campbell Boulevard over the Erie Canal, Wendelville/ Niagara County.

If there are any questions about the Agreements, you may contact Jeff Berna at the FHWA New York Division Office, (518) 431-4125 x220. To view the Section 106 agreement, see the related documentation below. To view the Section 4(f) agreement, click here.
Related Documentation: ny_pa.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
4 Practice: MOA on Canal Bridges
Categories: Historic
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
State: New York
Organization: Federal Highway Administration NY Division
Contact: Jeffrey  Berna
Title: Environmental Coordinator
Email: Jeffrey.Berna@fhwa.dot.gov
Phone: 518-431-4125 ext. 220
Description: The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) New York Division have a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for over 400 bridges that cross historic canals in the state. The MOA outlines a decision process for determining whether or not a bridge covered in the MOA is a contributing element to a canal's historic district. NYSDOT and FHWA developed the MOA in coordination with the State Historic Preservation Officer, the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and the US Coast Guard.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
5 Practice: Tools for Environmental Auditing
Category: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
State: New York
Organization: New York State Department of Transportation
Contact: M Ivey
Title: Acting Director
Email: mivey@gw.dot.state.ny.us
Phone: 518-457-5672
Description: The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has several tools for conducting environmental audits, including the ETRACK database. ETRACK is a Microsoft application linked to NYSDOT’s Program Support System, which tracks projects and their major milestones. The database details specific aspects of the project, such as environmental, landscape, architecture, and social impacts. The goal of the ETRACK effort is to establish a method to assure consistency in statewide environmental information.

For more information about this successful practice and others, please see the Domestic Scan Report on Environmental Commitment Implementation: Innovative and Successful Approaches. The Report can be found at http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/domScanRpt/index.asp.
Last Updated: July 26, 2005
6 Practice: Form to Record Actual Compliance of Construction Projects
Categories: Commitment Tracking
Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Mitigation
Performance Measures/Management
Project Development
State: New York
Organization: New York State Department of Transportation
Contact: M Ivey
Title: Acting Director
Email: mivey@gw.dot.state.ny.us
Phone: 518-457-5672
Description: The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) developed a mechanism to record the actual compliance of construction projects. NYSDOT’s Environmental Commitment and Obligations Package for Construction (ECOPAC) tracks commitment compliance throughout all construction activities with respect to their environmental issues identified and highlighted during project development. ECOPAC evolved from NYSDOT’s difficulty in translating environmental commitments to construction staff and is now being used by all NYSDOT design and construction staff.

For more information about this successful practice and others, please see the Domestic Scan Report on Environmental Commitment Implementation: Innovative and Successful Approaches. The Report can be found at http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/strmlng/domScanRpt/index.asp.
Last Updated: July 25, 2005
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