Building Better Understanding of Sustainability and Freight Transport

Public information on sustainability and freight transportation is difficult to find outside of technical research journals. Even among college curricula, the freight sector is often overlooked as a major transportation and environmental issue. To fill the freight information void, the project proposes developing web-based freight and environmental sustainability resources geared toward the public, undergraduate students, and practitioners. During the past three and a half years, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) funded research investigating policy solutions to reduce environmental impacts of freight transport through truck-to rail modal shift, and using satellite data to inform spatial freight emissions patterns where ground-monitors do not exist have been conducted. Using data and results from two research projects the project will develop a suite of interactive graphics for the public and students, allowing users to learn about freight activity, emissions and air quality to answer questions specific to their interests and locations. For practitioners, the project will provide detailed guides for acquiring freight activity and emissions data, building emissions inventories, and moving between engineering and air quality data formats, as well as provide freight emissions factor data and inventories generated in the course of our research.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    CFIRE 06-04

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Center for Sustainability and Global Environment
    204 Enzyme Institute, 1710 University Avenue
    Madison, WI  United States  53726
  • Principal Investigators:

    Holloway, Tracey

  • Start Date: 20120901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33123

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01466468
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: CFIRE 06-04
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:17PM