Sustainable Transportation Systems: The Key Environmental Issues

Sustainable Transportation Systems: The Key Environmental Issues

Increasing global populations have magnified the pressures placed on existing transportation systems. Since approximately 25% of the worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are produced by the transportation sector, improving the sustainability of transportation systems is an important component of ultimately mitigating global climate change. Despite the need for evolving transportation systems, the specific strategies for enhancing the environmental sustainability of transportation are often still contentious, as recently highlighted by the proliferation of scooter vehicle sharing throughout several major American cities. This session will address the key environmental and sustainability issues surrounding various modes of transportation.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • ·        Environmental impacts of transportation (e.g. noise pollution, carbon dioxide emissions, air quality issues, etc.)
  • ·        The importance of new transportation technologies (e.g. smart and electric cars, renewable fuels, ride sharing, vehicle sharing apps, etc.)
  • ·        The continued role of public transit systems (e.g. bus, subway, light rail, etc.)
  • ·        Transportation network analysis
  • ·        Urban design and planning perspectives on environmentally sustainable transportation

Interested participants should send a copy of their abstract and program identification number (PIN) to Neil Debbage (neil.debbage@utsa.edu) by November 6th.

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