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Founded in 2001, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) focuses on improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of all types of transportation to benefit public health and alleviate climate change. Working with national and regional governments and multilateral bodies (such as the International Maritime Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization), the ICCT’s 40 staff and 35 council members regularly meet to discuss objectives to creating cleaner and more efficient transportation globally. Funding is provided to the ICCT from partners and foundations such as: ClimateWorks Foundation, Energy Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Why Drupal was chosen: 

Originally created with WordPress, the ICCT migrated their website to Drupal 6 because of Drupal’s more “robust taxonomy system.” The taxonomy system of Drupal presented a better platform for Boxcar Studios to leverage ICCT’s requirements and increase the easiness, reliability and versatility of searching for website visitors. About a year after implementing the site with Drupal 6, the ICCT decided again to migrate the new Drupal 7 for the enhanced search capabilities (Search API/Search DB modules instead of the Facet API module from Drupal 6) as well as the responsiveness of Drupal 7 themes.

The ICCT found the process of transferring their site from WordPress, to Drupal 6, only to migrate to Drupal 7 a year later a bit painstaking. No regrets, though! Because of the new functionality of Drupal 7 their site traffic has doubled (more on sections like the staff blog) throughout the last year.

Describe the project (goals, requirements and outcome): 

Goal:
The ICCT had one main goal in mind for their website: to serve as an improved communications hub. The ICCT wanted a place for an audience of international policy makers, academics, industry representatives, and others with a professional stake in national environmental and transportation policies to learn about new policies. These policies include topics like clean transportation, the current state of transportation and additionally the benefits related to cleaner transportation.

Requirements:
Database Integration-Database to archive and catalog publications the research and policymaking the ICCT generates.
User Friendly Back-End-Ability to easily create blog posts and upload new publications (news/policies/research/etc.).

Outcome (site structure):
The ICCT site consists of 4 main sections:

  • Programs
  • Where we work
  • Who we are
  • Info & Tools

Home page:
The home page displays a slideshow featuring the top 3 articles about new policies, upcoming events and new publications. It also features a “Where We Work” section where you can choose a country to learn more about the ICCT’s involvement in the selected country. Other features of the home page include:
Spotlight section- this includes, Policy tracking, the ICCT’s Webinar series, and other relevant articles
Recently released-summarizes policy and publication updates across the website
News-from twitter, a feed of relevant news, and ICCT news
ICCT blogs-this displays the 3 most recent blog posts including options to view the staff blog or the ILUC blog
Events-shows website visitors past and upcoming events for the ICCT.

Programs:
Under the Programs main menu tab, there is a list of seven programs the ICCT focuses on: Aviation, Climate and health, Fuels, Heavy-duty vehicles, Marine, Passenger vehicles, and Transportation roadmap. Within each of these pages, there is a summary of the program, relevant topics, events, featured work the program has worked on, a recently released publication section, an ICCT blog feed, and information about the program’s staff.

Where we work:
The ICCT works in: China, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, and the United States. Clicking on one of these options from the “Where we work” main menu tab will show the same information as the sections under the Program main menu tab: there is a summary of the efforts within the selected country, relevant topics, events, featured work the done in the country, a recently released publication section, an ICCT blog feed, and information about the country’s staff.

Who we are:
The “Who we are” main menu tab is very helpful for those who would like to learn more about the ICCT. In fact, there’s an “About the ICCT” page! This page is very useful for learning about the mission, partners, and how the ICCT works. If you have about 9 minutes to spare, I recommend watching the video embedded on the “About the ICCT” page-many key individuals from the ICCT and other partnering foundations or bodies of government discuss the formation of the ICCT, it’s missions, goals, and outcomes since it’s existence. The video outlines how the ICCT was formed, how they work, and about their mission for cleaner transportation globally. Other subsections within the “Who we are” tab include pages about the Board of Directors, Participants Council, Staff, and Jobs/Internships within the ICCT.

Info & Tools:
The last main section, “Info & Tools,” provides useful information about the ICCT’s roadmap, policy information, vehicle standards, and their podcast about policy issues worldwide.

Modules/Themes/Distributions
Why these modules/theme/distribution were chosen: 

Search API-the ICCT wanted a well-integrated searching ability for their site. Search API allowed for this because it’s ease of customization, flexibility, and numerous extensions.

Search API Database-an extension of Search API, this allowed for a simple way to index and search data from the ICCT’s publication database.

View-this allowed for more variety in the layout of pages and how content (events, topics, blog posts, etc.) can be displayed on a page.

Backup and Migrate-Backup and Migrate is useful for backing up and restoring Drupal databases. Since ICCT has their publication database, this module is extremely necessary. Losing precious publications is not an option; this module ensures that doesn’t happen. With the transition of the icct website from drupal 6 to drupal 7, this module also eased the process of the change.

Twitter pull-this simple module allows for a Twitter feed by pulling results for #hashtags or search terms.

CKEditor-a WYSIWYG text editor, this module allows for ICCT members to easily update and style text for blog posts, policy updates, and other posts written by ICCT members

Drush-integrated with the Backup and Migrate module, this command line and scripting interface allows for Boxcar Studios to easily update of Drupal’s core files, modules, and theme.

Project team: 

Lani Chisnell
Justin Todd
Michael Lannaccone

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