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Consistency between Infrastructure Rating Systems in Measuring Sustainability

Department of Construction Management, Colorado State University, Campus Delivery 1584, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1584, USA
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Infrastructures 2019, 4(1), 9;
Received: 14 November 2018 / Revised: 20 February 2019 / Accepted: 22 February 2019 / Published: 28 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Transportation Infrastructures)
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To date, several transportation sustainability rating systems (TSRS) have been developed to measure and promote sustainability. However, studies show that these TSRS have not been developed with a consistent sustainability scope. This raises the question of the consistency of these TSRS in measuring the sustainability of transportation projects. This study assesses how three prominent TSRS (Envision, INVEST, and GreenLITES) rate the sustainability performance of transportation projects with the goal of determining if a consistency exists in the way these three TSRS measure sustainability. These three TSRS are applied to five transportation projects. The results showed that these three rating tools assess and reward sustainability practices differently. Additionally, results suggest that it may be easier for a project to get awarded in GreenLITES compared to the other two TSRS. Notwithstanding all of the above, a consistency was noted in all three rating systems in the quality of life/social performance of projects. This study helps to inform stakeholders in the transportation industry on how transportation projects perform when run through each of these rating systems. This will help stakeholders to make informed decisions with respect to choosing one (or more) TSRS to assess their projects with and evaluating the results obtained from such TSRS. View Full-Text
Keywords: transportation sustainability rating system; Envision; INVEST; GreenLITES transportation sustainability rating system; Envision; INVEST; GreenLITES

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Oluwalaiye, O.; Ozbek, M.E. Consistency between Infrastructure Rating Systems in Measuring Sustainability. Infrastructures 2019, 4, 9.

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