Welcome to INVEST Version 1.2!
- Attending TRB 2017? Check out FHWA's Sustainability and Climate Change Sessions.
- FHWA Soliciting Round 3 of INVEST Implementation Projects. Read the solicitation here. Access the recordings of the November 17, 2016 and the December 1, 2016 webinars.
- Presentations on INVEST from the 2016 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting available for download and viewing here.
- INVEST Version 1.2 is here! Read the INVEST 1.2 Summary of Revisions and then learn how to Translate Existing Evaluations to Version 1.2.
- New Case Studies provide examples of how transportation agencies are using INVEST to improve sustainability. See a map of agencies using INVEST here.
- View Using INVEST to Accomplish Your Goals to learn different approaches to improving sustainability with examples from across the country.
- Download the INVEST User Toolkit for a quick start guide, fact sheet, user guide, and slide presentation.
INVEST, the FHWA Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool
FHWA's INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool) is a web-based self-evaluation tool comprised of voluntary sustainability best practices, called criteria, which cover the full lifecycle of transportation services, including system planning, project planning, design, and construction, and continuing through operations and maintenance. FHWA developed INVEST for voluntary use by transportation agencies to assess and enhance the sustainability of their projects and programs.
To accomplish this, the INVEST criteria are divided into four modules: System Planning for States (SPS), System Planning for Regions (SPR), Project Development (PD), and Operations and Maintenance (OM). These four sets of criteria comprise a comprehensive self-evaluation tool to aid agencies in evaluating the sustainability performance of their projects and programs. The SPS, SPR, and OM modules are intended for evaluating an agency's programs and the PD module is for the evaluation of projects, from early project planning through construction. Each module is independent and is evaluated separately. The PD module consists of multiple scorecards designed to recognize the varying scope, scale, and context of projects across the country.
Although many agency and project efforts can already be considered sustainable, INVEST is focused on "above and beyond" efforts. No points are earned in INVEST for sustainability efforts that are typically required for federally-funded programs and projects. For instance, there are no points available for completing NEPA documentation because it is required for federally-funded projects.
INVEST aims to continually “raise the bar” in the field of transportation – as efforts defined as above-and-beyond become standard practice, INVEST will update criteria in an effort to improve sustainability outcomes in the field of transportation.
The INVEST Version 1.2 website provides users a wide range of information, tools, and resources. Users can: