Federal Highway Administration seeks MPO partners for scenario planning pilot

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking an Metropolitan Planning Organization from an inland area of the country to investigate and pilot approaches to modeling climate change in a scenario planning project.  Here’s the notice:

Multi-Agency Transportation, Land Use, and Climate Change Scenario Planning Project

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is leading a multi-agency effort to partner with a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and Federal Land Management Areas in the selected region to conduct a new study to advance the state of practice in incorporating climate change analysis – both mitigation and adaptation – in scenario planning.

FHWA’s Federal partners – the US DOT Volpe Center, US Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, US Forest Service, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency – will provide technical assistance to the project.

The FHWA will award one grant of approximately $25,000 to $50,000. The goal is to advance the state of practice in incorporating climate change analysis into scenario planning, FHWA and its Federal partners are seeking to implement one pilot project in an inland area of the country. The Federal agencies are seeking to partner with an MPO and Federal Land Management Areas to complete this study. The project will inform transportation and land use decision-making in the selected study area by using scenario planning to analyze strategies to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to climate change impacts.  The goals of the project are to 1) advance climate analysis in scenario planning; 2) develop a transferrable process; 3) build partnerships; and 4) impact decision-making.

Learn more and apply here, applications due May 30, 2013.

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