July 20, 2009
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FTA Deputy Administrator McMillan to Address Sustainability Workshop
Therese McMillan, the recently named deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), has joined the lineup of speakers participating in the fifth annual APTA Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop, Aug. 2-4 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Her presentation will focus on upcoming federal initiatives to support sustainability and public transportation.
The three-day program, with the theme “The Business Case for Sustainability,” focuses on best practices in sustainability within the transit industry and the role of public transportation in meeting federal, state, and local sustainability goals such as increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This year’s workshop has an international flair, with a session on international sustainability indicators established for transit and work related to the Charter on Sustainable Development of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). UTA Chief Executive Officer John Inglish, the first U.S. chair of the UITP Sustainable Development Commission, will moderate a session featuring Heather Allen of UITP, and Gunner Heip, director of strategic planning for the transit agency in Munich, Germany.
Workshop participants also will have a choice of “Sustainability in Action Tours” on Aug. 2. The designers of Daybreak Development Community worked to make sustainable development an integral part of the 4,200-acre development; the Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) Warm Springs facility demonstrates sustainable operations and maintenance; and a third tour will highlight green maintenance practices.
Also on the schedule is a presentation on the findings of the new Moving Cooler report sponsored by APTA, FTA, the Federal Highway Administration, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and other organizations. This report considers strategies the transportation sector can implement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (See related story.)
The deadline for APTA’s reduced rate for sleeping rooms is July 10, so register now. For more information, contact Rich Weaver or Petra Mollet.