Leonard Transportation Center’s Regional Mobility Dialogue Series explores transportation and climate change

In the second session of 2021, experts will examine the nexus between the transportation sector and climate change and consider the Inland Empire’s plan for action

ONTARIO, Calif. (April 13, 2021) – Now in its fourth year, the Regional Mobility Dialogue Series of the Leonard Transportation Center at Cal State San Bernardino is presenting the second of six dialogues on topics relevant to the future of transportation in the Inland Empire. The next dialogue, titled “The Nexus between the Transportation Sector & Climate Change: The Inland Empire’s Action Plan,” will be held on April 20, 2021, via live videoconference.

The series is open to the public courtesy of platinum-level sponsorship from HNTB Corporation and the San Bernardino International Airport.

In this session, attendees will hear from transportation industry thought leaders about the relationship between transportation and climate change and will consider actions that can be taken in the Inland Empire to help turn the tide on this incredibly challenging and critical global problem.

Speakers in this session are:

  • Mike Lim, transportation innovation professional with global infrastructure, finance and technology experience; co-founder of Xtelligent
  • Josh Lee, chief of planning, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
  • Dan Sperling, PhD, professor of civil engineering and environmental science and policy; founding director, Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis
  • Scott Lowry, traffic engineer and project manager, HNTB, Columbus, Ohio

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, around a third of our country’s climate-damaging pollution is blamed on the U.S. transport industry. Transport is the leading source of greenhouse gas pollution in California, accounting for around 40% of the state’s GHG emissions. Smog, soot and other toxic air pollutants are also generated by fossil-fueled transportation emissions.

In 2020, the world met GHG reduction goals, with a drop of about 7% due mostly to travel reductions resulting from the pandemic. How can we continue to reduce GHG moving forward? What can the Inland Empire do to help reduce GHG emissions? This dialogue will provide different perspectives on how we can continue to reduce emissions once the pandemic ends.

Following the presentations, attendees will engage in a discussion with an opportunity to share concerns and ideas with transportation professionals, policy makers, students and each other. Transportation experts from the platinum sponsors will facilitate this discussion and bring their experience and expertise to benefit the dialogue.

As part of CSUSB, the Leonard Transportation Center brings people together to provide the facts, discuss the major issues, and work to resolve them. The center is committed to the notion that finding solutions to the mobility challenges in Southern California is much more likely when people all walks of life are engaged in the conversations.

Kimberly Collins, LTC executive director, said, “We are energized by the success of our first three years and are off to a great start for 2021. We invite anyone interested in being part of the conversation and solution to join us for this innovative and engaging series.”

This dialogue on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., will be held virtually via a live videoconference. A link to the videoconference will be provided upon registration. Attendees can register free of charge. Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants, and pre-registration is required. To register, click here: https:/bit.ly/LTCtalks-APR2021