The Tier 1 Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) is a consortium of three universities, led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and including Montana State University (MSU) and Washington State University (WSU). The consortium provides multi-disciplinary programs engaged in innovative research, education, and technology transfer focused on transportation issues for environmental sustainability. The consortium members also have a history of excellence in transportation research and technology transfer, with their work sponsored by the National Research Council, FHWA, USDA, USFS, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, DEQ/DEC, private foundations, and numerous states, and implemented by states and various multi-state stakeholder groups. The consortium offers unique abilities to ensure a successful UTC that addresses national, state and local needs in sustainable transportation and “advance environmentally sustainable policies and investments that reduce harmful emissions from transportation sources”. It brings together programs with unique strengths and capabilities well matched to achieve the USDOT goal of Environmental Sustainability through an integrated, holistic approach to sustainable transportation and through accelerated research implementation and technology deployment.
The CESTiCC theme “systematic approaches to environmental sustainability in transportation for cold regions and beyond” presents a unique opportunity to enable cross-disciplinary research, education, and technology transfer —which is valuable in light of the cross-cutting nature of today’s transportation challenges in cold regions. Our Center goal is “to systematically engineer environmentally sustainable transportation infrastructures in cold climates, considering the entire life cycle of transportation planning, design, materials selection, construction, maintenance and operations, preservation, and recycling through the collaboration of academia, industry and other stakeholders.”