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Federal Speakers at Workshop on Sustainability and Transit

Representatives of the federal government will offer their perspectives on “greener communities” at the Aug. 3 Opening Session of APTA’s fifth annual Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop. “Making the Business Case for Sustainability” is the theme of the conference, Aug. 2-4 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

Speakers at the session will include Beth Osborne, deputy assistant secretary of policy, Office of the Secretary, U.S. DOT; James Lopez, senior advisor to the deputy secretary, Office of Sustainable Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and John W. Frece, director, Development, Community, and Environment Division, Smart Growth Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Also, Al Biehler, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and secretary of Pennsylvania DOT, will speak at another session later in the day.

The workshop will focus on best practices in sustainability within the transit industry and the role of public transit in meeting such federal, state, and local sustainability goals as increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Presenters—including APTA Sustainability Commitment signatories—will report on the newest energy-efficient, economically sound, and socially responsible developments and practices.

The reduced rate for hotel rooms closes July 10, so make plans now. More information on the sustainability workshop is available from Rich Weaver or Petra Mollet.

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