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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. After submitting your registration you will receive an email with the login information for the seminar. 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
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Truck Freight Sustainability Initatives The trucking industry continues to work to improve trucks’ operational sustainability. The initiatives supporting these efforts, which include the use of alternative, lower emissions fuels, more efficient truck operations to increase fuel efficiency, and constructing trucks that get better fuel mileage, all help to reduce emissions; in many cases they also help reduce the financial bottom line for truck carriers. Various organizations, including truck carriers and related organizations, equipment manufacturers, fuel companies, and both public and private researchers, are all undertaking initiatives to ensure trucking operations continue to become more sustainable and efficient; in some cases the benefits derived from their initiatives have multiplied when they’ve worked together to find mutually desirable solutions.

This webinar will discuss three truck freight sustainability initiatives currently taking place, focused on renewable fuels, enhanced truck operations, and improved truck construction, that are taking steps to reduce truck emissions and improve truck efficiency.

Emerging Trends on Improving Energy Efficiency and Reducing Emissions in Truck Operations
This presentation will provide an overview of various energy efficiency and emissions reduction initiatives currently being researched that could be utilized by the trucking industry in the coming years.


  • Alicia Birky, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Improving Truck Sustainability Through More Efficient Trucking Operations
This presentation will discuss various ways truck carriers can improve their fuel efficiency and overall truck operations to increase their environmental and economic sustainability.


  • Mike Roeth, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

Improving Truck Sustainability Through Building More Fuel Efficient Trucks
This presentation will examine ways truck manufacturers are building more fuel efficient trucks that enable carriers to achieve more sustainable operations.


  • Steve Ciatti, PACCAR Technical Center

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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