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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
June 21, 2017 1:00 2:30 ET Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Ports Initiative Investing in port infrastructure and operations is vital to America's business competitiveness and economic prosperity. These investments also provide enormous opportunities for environmental gains. The many people who live near and work at ports can be exposed to levels of air pollution that contribute to significant health problems. Findings from the 2016 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Port Strategy Assessment confirm that there are effective air quality improvement strategies available today for every type and size of port. EPA's Ports Initiative supports efforts to improve efficiency, enhance energy security, reduce costs, and minimize harmful health impacts by advancing next-generation, clean technologies and practices at ports. The Ports Initiative also facilitates collaboration between the port industry, communities, and all levels of government to help ensure timely and effective infrastructure development. EPA led a two-year public process with leading port industry, community, and government experts to design a voluntary program focused on improving air quality around ports; the Ports Initiative recommendations were released in September 2016.

This webinar will provide an overview of EPA's Ports Initiative and an update on two efforts underway to help build technical tools to ensure smart infrastructure investments and to promote port-community collaboration to prioritize and advance clean air projects.
Overview of EPA's Ports Initiative
This presentation will provide an overview of EPA's Ports Initiative.
  • Sarah Froman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ports Initiative Workgroup Recommendations
This presentation will provide background on the September 2016 recommendations from the Ports Initiative Workgroup under EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.

  • Lee Kindberg, Maersk Line

Addressing Air Pollution at Ports – The Port Authority Perspective
This presentation will describe opportunities and challenges for port authorities as they work to address air pollution and how EPA's Ports Initiative can support their efforts.

  • Susan Monteverde, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Partnership with Port Everglades to Improve Port Emissions Analysis
This presentation will describe EPA's partnership with Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades to develop a baseline emissions inventory and analyze emissions reduction strategies.  The partnership will also inform EPA's development of methods, lessons learned, and practical examples that can be shared with other ports, related agencies, and stakeholders.

  • Erik Neugaard, Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Partnership in New Orleans to Promote Community-Port Collaboration
This presentation will provide an overview of a pilot project with the Port of New Orleans and local community organizations to improve community and port engagement. EPA's collaboratively-developed draft capacity building tools will be utilized and refined to assess local conditions, support partnership building, and enhance capacity for ports and nearby communities to interact effectively and collaborate on environmental solutions.

  • Amelia Pellegrin, Port of New Orleans

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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