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New paradigm for State Department of Transportation environmental initiatives : New York State's guidelines and procedures McVoy, Gary ; Sengenberger, Mark ; Novak, Elizabeth

By: McVoy, GaryContributor(s): Sengenberger, Mark | Novak, ElizabethPublication details: Transportation Research Record, 2000Description: nr 1702, s. 92-6Subject(s): USA | Transport authority | Environment protection | Planning | 15Bibl.nr: VTI P8167:1702Location: Abstract: Public-works agencies have an obligation to enhance the environment as opportunities arise. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has developed an environmental initiative to make an affirmative contribution to the environment, using the department's organizational strengths. The environmental initiative is a paradigm shift applicable to all departments of transportation (DOTs). Conventional reactive regulatory compliance can reduce unnecessary environmental damage and sometimes gain grudging regulatory agency cooperation; however, it is not a positive, satisfying way of doing the people's work. Through proactive steps, NYSDOT has become an important part of the state's environmental solution (often at little or no additional cost) and has changed its working relationship with environmental agencies and groups. As these agencies and groups have become partners, instead of adversaries, permit-approval times have improved, mitigation costs have declined, morale has improved, and cost-effective environmental benefits are being realized. Procedures are outlined to apply the engineering capabilities of a DOT to the environmental-stewardship responsibilities shared by all governmental organizations.
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Public-works agencies have an obligation to enhance the environment as opportunities arise. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has developed an environmental initiative to make an affirmative contribution to the environment, using the department's organizational strengths. The environmental initiative is a paradigm shift applicable to all departments of transportation (DOTs). Conventional reactive regulatory compliance can reduce unnecessary environmental damage and sometimes gain grudging regulatory agency cooperation; however, it is not a positive, satisfying way of doing the people's work. Through proactive steps, NYSDOT has become an important part of the state's environmental solution (often at little or no additional cost) and has changed its working relationship with environmental agencies and groups. As these agencies and groups have become partners, instead of adversaries, permit-approval times have improved, mitigation costs have declined, morale has improved, and cost-effective environmental benefits are being realized. Procedures are outlined to apply the engineering capabilities of a DOT to the environmental-stewardship responsibilities shared by all governmental organizations.

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