Building Better Understanding of Sustainability and Freight Transport

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March 2013 Final Report

Primary Investigators

Tracey Holloway
University of Wisconsin-Madison
SAGE, 1710 University Ave. Room 201A


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, we propose developing web-based freight and environmental sustainability resources geared toward the public, undergraduate students, and practitioners. During the past three and a half years, we have conducted 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. Using data and results from our two research projects we 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, we 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.


The proposed work will develop a suite of outreach materials for the public (including students) and practitioners, with a focus on interactive web-based graphics. Work will build on two completed CFIRE projects focused on freight and air quality.


  1. Develop interactive graphics for the public, including students.
  2. Develop resources for practitioners.

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013
  • Budget: $60,000
  • Student Involvement: None
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Rail
  • Project ID: CFIRE 06-04
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