FHWA: Most states endorse EPD for Sustainable Project Delivery

Federal Highway Administration Sustainable Pavements Program team members are engaging with representatives of the 40 state departments of transportation implementing Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Sustainable Project Delivery. The initiative is part of the 2023-2024 round of Every Day Counts, an FHWA program launched in 2009 “to advance a culture of innovation in the transportation community with public and private stakeholders.”

State DOT outreach paces federal agency measures tied to carbon accounting in material procurement for federally funded infrastructure and building projects. The U.S. General Services Administration is calling for EPD submittals attending concrete and asphalt deliveries to its projects. The Inflation Reduction Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to establish programs for EPDs, one awarding grants and providing technical assistance “to support the development, enhanced standardization, and transparency of a uniform approach to measuring and certifying the carbon content of construction materials and products.”

The Center for Accelerating Innovation profiles EPDs for Sustainable Project Delivery at www.fhwa.dot.gov. FHWA includes the initiative in Every Day Counts to highlight sustainable design, procurement and asset management principles.