Sustainability quantification system: A quantitative approach to evaluate transportation sustainability in U.S.

Hariharan Naganathan, Oswald Chong, Steven D. Schrock

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Abstract

Sustainable practices have become the cornerstone of the transportation sector and widely adopted by many states' transportation agencies. Sustainable practices have now become the edifice of the transportation sectors, but the adoption of such practices is not fast enough to overcome the ever-increasing global demand for resources. There are numerous sustainable policies and rating systems, and most of them follow similar approaches and formats that outline the sustainability factors. This paper proposes a quantitative approach to measure and evaluate sustainable performance of the transportation sector. The paper makes an extensive analysis on carbon emissions when treated by total population and gross domestic product (GDP). The evaluation focuses on the transparency of sustainability through measurement and quantification of sustainability rather than to develop standard compliance approaches. These measurement and quantification approaches would allow transportation agencies to measure and thus reduce their carbon footprints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICSI 2014
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure
EditorsChris Hendrickson, John Crittenden, Bill Wallace
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1097-1107
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784478745
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World, ICSI 2014 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2014Nov 8 2014

Publication series

NameICSI 2014: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World, ICSI 2014
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach
Period11/6/1411/8/14

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Naganathan, H., Chong, O., & Schrock, S. D. (2014). Sustainability quantification system: A quantitative approach to evaluate transportation sustainability in U.S. In C. Hendrickson, J. Crittenden, & B. Wallace (Eds.), ICSI 2014: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (pp. 1097-1107). (ICSI 2014: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784478745.104