Ecosystem Crediting Approaches for State DOTs and MPOs

The Integrated Ecological Framework (IEF) directs transportation agencies to “develop a consistent strategy and metrics to measure ecological impacts, restoration benefits, and long-term performance” (Step 6).  This project introduces the results of a study designed to both examine the obstacles preventing transportation agencies and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) from creating meaningful crediting strategies, and to describe methods and opportunities to develop these strategies. REC Co-Director Fraser Shilling developed a method for using crediting approaches early in regional and corridor planning. The method is scaleable and useable across geographies (project to region), complexity (from one to many issues), and planning stage (from route concept ot mitigation planning). 

Reports are in development and available soon.


This project was funded by the Federal Highways Administration