The Landscape and Environmental Design Committee, AFB40 effectively influences transportation policy and practice through the development, distribution and support of transportation research. The Committee is specifically concerned with research into integrating the transportation facility with its setting, creating a visually pleasing travel experience for all who live, work, and travel, including:
  • conservation of natural elements
  • preservation of cultural and historic resources
  • maintaining aesthetic and scenic quality
  • identification and preservation of scenic opportunities
The Landscape and Environmental Design Committee, together with its members and friends, is proud of its dedication to the design and construction of transportation systems whose form is in harmony with the surrounding natural and man-made environment. The Committee continues to promote cost-effective, efficient, and buildable design solutions that enhance the traveler’s experiences while promoting careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design that supports responsible development, restores and conserves natural resources, respects cultural heritage and improves the quality of life.

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  • Contact a TRB staff representative to learn of current activities in which you may wish to participate.
  • Volunteer to serve as a reviewer of research papers, to work on a committee project, or to give a presentation or preside at a session of the annual meeting or a specialty conference.
  • Participate in committee meetings, which generally are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Introduce yourself to the chair and other committee members.
  • Express your interest in joining as a formal member of the committee at the first opportunity. Each committee has a required turnover of one-third of its members every 3 years, and committee members may not continue for more than three consecutive 3-year terms if other individuals wish to join. As a result, opportunities occur at least every 3 years (more often for many committees). 
  • For detailed information on involvement with TRB Committee activities, visit the TRB Committee page.

Committee Structure

Org Chart

Committee Chair: Keith Robinson

Chairs are appointed by the TRB Executive Director upon the recommendation of TRB staff.  Chairs provide oversight and manage the responsibilities assigned to their respective committee, section, group, or task force. 
  • A chair is the main point of contact for committee members and TRB staff 
  • Chairs aid in the development of the TRB Annual Meeting program 
  • Committee and section chairs may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms 
  • Group chairs may serve only one three-year term 

Responsibilities: There are a number of responsibilities required of TRB standing committees and task forces that chairs are tasked with maintaining, such as: 
  • Promoting innovation and progress in transportation through research 
  • Identifying needed research, research in progress, and disseminating completed research 
  • Assisting in the development of the TRB Annual Meeting program and managing the associated deadlines and deliverables 
  • Reviewing papers submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting and for publication consideration in a Transportation Research Record 

Committee Secretary/Treasurer: Belinda Arbogast

Responsibilities: The Committee Secretary/Treasurer supports the Chair in ensuring the smooth functioning of the Committee and
  1. Ensuring the meetings are effectively organized.
  2. Ensuring the effective flow of business information between Committee members.
  3. Providing information and data, or obtaining it from others.
  4. Upholding the requirements of TRB governing documents; advising the Chair.
  5. Recording information, preparing and maintaining accurate records and minutes.
It is important to note that although the Secretary ensures that these responsibilities are met, much of the work is delegated to other committee members

Given these responsibilities, the Secretary often acts as an information and reference point for the Chair and other committee members: clarifying past practice and decisions; confirming TRB requirements are met; and retrieving relevant documentation.


The Committee Chair makes all decisions affecting the Committee, however, some powers are delegated to Sub-Committee Chairs.

AFB40 Sub-Committees are small groups of people assigned to focus on a particular task or area of Committee practices.  A Sub-Committee generally makes recommendations to the Committee Chair for decisions.  All Committee members are assigned to one or more Sub-Committee.

1. Steering Sub-Chair: Jeff Lormand

The Steering Committee is comprised of the Sub-Chairs of all the Sub-Committees. The Steering Sub-Chair assists the Chair to ensure Committee efforts are addressed and completed in a timely manner. The Steering Sub-Chair is typically next in line for Committee Chair. 

Responsibilities: Facilitates internal communication between subcommittees to further the goals of the committee. Conducts Monthly teleconferences (one hour or less)
  1. Teleconference purpose
  2. Annual Calendar: open tasks and deadlines, what subcommittee activities are required to meet TRB goals (KVC to add to this document)
  3. Each subcommittee chair will present a status report on tasks, schedule
  4. Add new task assignments and monitor deadlines

2. Communications Coordinator (Sub-Chair): Willson McBurney

The role of the Communications Coordinator is to work with TRB staff and other committees to help accomplish the Committee responsibilities. The TRB Committee Communications Coordinators (CCC) are members who maintain their committees’ communication portfolio and interact with other committees about communication tools. Each committee designates one member as a CCC.
  • Identify existing tools that have been, or can be, applied by committees and TRB
  • Identify how communication tools can encourage broader participation in TRB and committee activities.
  • Determine how AFB40 can support members’ and friends’ communications and facilitate increased information exchange in support of committee and TRB activities
  • Share and evaluate experiences with other committees
  • Identify communications options that are most appropriate for different audiences
  • Identify and evaluate new options that may be available in the future; and how committees and TRB should be preparing for them
  • Develop and deliver a portfolio of communications options are the most appropriate for a specific committee
  • Identify possible TRB actions that can help to facilitate committees’ communications portfolios.

3. Communications Sub-Chairs: (Sub-Chair not yet determined)

a. Marketing and Networking:
Includes three positions: Domestic and International (so far we have Europe and Latin America). Domestic Lead: Craig Churchward and International Leads: Giorgio Chiarello  Europe, Alvaro Rodriguez Valencia-South America, Robin Gyorgyfalvy-Asia /Pacific

Responsibilities: Recruitment and mentoring for committee development. Send committee information to members and friends, collect research and research ideas from outside groups/individuals. Track outside organizations to identify potential members and research needs, such as ICOET, pro bike people, recreational planners, etc…
  1. Feed information about friends and potential members to Committee Chair
  2. Work with Chair to welcome friends and new members (Keith’s welcome)

b. Website and Social Media Sub-Chair: Wendy Miller
Responsibilities: Management of the website, upload content. Collaborate with Committee Sub-Chairs and get feedback to add/edit site content.
  1. Monthly status updates
  2. Scheduling, calendar online…pushing information to outlook
  3. Maintain Repository of research needs, other research being conducting
  4. Archiving old meeting presentations, etc…

4. Research Sub-Chair: (Sub-Chair not yet determined.)

The purpose of the Research Sub-Committee is to develop and maintain a robust research portfolios. 
Responsibility: Update Research Needs Statements, work with Chair to facilitate research related discussions at the Mid-Year and/or Annual meeting.  Participate in monthly meetings, conduct additional meetings as necessary. Develop solicitations for formal papers that respond to research needs and promote research needs to external committees.
  • Identification of research needs; 
  • Development of peer-reviewed research needs statements (RNS) through cross-committee collaborative efforts; 
  • Entry of these statements into the RNS database; 
  • Sponsorship of RNSs; 
  • Enhancing the probability that RNS will be funded by submittal of RNSs to funding programs by Committee members or co-sponsors; 
  • Enhancing the sharing of information from ongoing research by monitoring of research status; and 
  • Using of a variety of strategies to communicate and interact with stakeholders regarding the availability and implementation of recently completed research, and to foster discussions on the implications to practice and future research needs. 

Meeting Programs Lead: Lead responsibility rotates annually with the current Mid-Year meeting host.  Program group is comprised on past, current and Future Mid-Year meeting hosts. 2016-17 Members: Delois Barnes, Karen Van Citters, Keith Robinson + Steering. 

Responsibilities: Develop Committee Mid-Year meetings, including workshops, invited sessions, research presentations, 

5. Liaison Committee Sub-Chair: William Hutchinson 

Responsibilities Ensure Committee liaisons provide effective communication between AFB40 and other identified Committees or organizations, conduct quarterly meetings between liaisons, review committee goals/research needs…

a. External Groups
  1. AASHTO Technical Committee on Environmental Design Liaison: (Keith Robinson and Keith Harrison). Must be a member of TCED. Responsibilities: Input on meetings, developing joint meetings, sharing/developing research ideas, and translating research to state practice. Garnering support for NCHRP proposals and research needs.
  2. ASLA Liaison: (Wendy Miller and Robin Gyorgyfalvy). Must be a member of ASLA Transportation PPN Responsibilities: Garner ASLA support for AFB-40 Mid-Year meetings, provide support for ASLA government affairs; develop friends and new Committee members from ASLA members, advertise for TRB meetings, and make sure there are CEUs for sessions.
  3. FHWA Liaison: Must work at FHWA (or Western Federal Lands) in planning or closely associated area and be aware of Turner Research Center. Responsibilities: Collect information about FHWA research needs, new policies, training, and recently completed research.
  4. CELA: Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture– Ming-Han Li
  5. NRVMA: National Roadside Vegetation Management Association – Robert LaRoche

b. Internal TRB Committees:
Liaison should be a member or friend of the committee. Liaison Responsibilities:  Joint research needs, potential joint meetings, Annual and Mid-year program collaboration, updates on research topics from that committee.

  1. Public lands in Transportation (AFA40) Liaison: 
  2. Historic and Archeological Preservation in Transportation (ADC50) Liaison: Karen Van Citters.
  3. Environmental Analysis in Transportation (ADC10) Liaison: 
  4. Roadside Maintenance Operations (AHD50) Liaison: Bob LaRoche 
  5. AP045(1) Art and Design Excellence in Transportation subcommittee (AP045(1): Giorgio Chiarello.
  6. Ecology in Transportation (ADC30): 

TRB Committees to develop potential ongoing relationships: Roadside Safety Design (AFB20), Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Quality (AFB60) , ADD40 Standing Committee on Transportation and Sustainability, Bridge.