About the Center

The Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH) pursues research and innovation to support sustainable mobility of people and goods while preserving the environment and improving community health. It leverages behavioral and economic sciences, epidemiology, information technology, and environmental and transportation sciences and technologies to address critical issues falling under the FAST Act’s priority area of Preserving the Environment: greenhouse gas reduction, use of alternative fuels and energy technologies, environmentally responsible planning, and impacts of freight movement.

CTECH leverages the existing strength of partner universities to create an innovative, multidisciplinary education program capable of training a workforce that meets the complex challenges at the intersection of transportation, environment, and community health. Beyond the multidisciplinary curriculum designed in parallel with its research, the center administers CTECH pre-college programs to attract motivated undergraduates and high school seniors to transportation, particularly from underrepresented groups. CTECH pursues a wide range of technology transfer activities, from annual meetings to community events. Its strong organizational structure, advisory boards consisting of stakeholder representatives, and dedication to ongoing rigorous evaluation of its performance helps to ensure program efficacy.

Through multi-level, multidisciplinary and institutional collaborations, CTECH aims to advance transportation sustainability in its broader human and environmental contexts.

News and Events

Drone Integration – Where are we now and where are we headed?

An upcoming webinar hosted by USF will be held virtually on Friday, October 2nd at 12 noon ET via Microsoft Teams (conference ID is 495 510 442#)  Mr. Jay Merkle, Executive Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration...

USF Transportation Seminar Series 

A Transit-Oriented Highway Seminar to be held virtually on Friday, September 18th at 12 noon ET via Microsoft Teams (conference ID is 495 510 442#)  In this presentation, Mr. Ming Gao will discuss the regional bus transit project, a major project of Tampa Bay Next for...

How Consumers View Energy Efficiency

by Jackie Swift Cutting back on energy use in the face of climate change means we need to make some important choices in the marketplace: Do we buy a gasoline-powered car or an electric one? Do we replace our old furnace with a gas furnace or an electric heat pump? Do...