Elise Miller-Hooks

Suvish MelantaMS, May 2010
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMD
Concentration in Environmental Engineering

Project Scientist
S2S Environmental Inc, Toronto, Canada

Email: smelant@gmail.com




Thesis Title:

A Tool for Quantifying the Carbon Footprint of Construction Projects in the Transportation Sector


The U.S. construction industry ranks third in the nation in its production of carbon dioxide emissions. Increasing global pressure towards developing emissions reduction strategies is bound to affect the construction industry. The objective of this thesis was to develop a tool to estimate the carbon footprint of construction projects associated with transportation infrastructure. The tool determines emissions from an inventory of equipment, construction processes, and credits efforts to reduce emissions, while incorporating recent and future greenhouse gas (GHG) policies on quantifying emissions. This tool will enable construction companies to identify sources and reduce emissions, while also allowing state agencies to monitor these companies in accordance with GHG laws. The tool was applied to data associated with the construction of the Intercounty Connector, a new roadway that will connect counties in Maryland. Application of the tool to this case study showed its utility and highlighted the need for reduction strategies.

Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

Office: 4614 Nguyen Engineering Building

Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University