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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Sustainable Transportation--Mobility in the 21st Century

Sustainable Transportation--Mobility in the 21st Century

This seminar was presented by Cynthia Hoyle, Transportation Planning Consultant, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, on September 17, 2009 at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center in Champaign, IL.

The community of Champaign-Urbana, IL is working to create a sustainable future. Estimates currently suggest that approximately 30% of the community's GHG emissions come from transportation with single occupancy vehicles being the major contributor. The community has 25% of trips to work made by sustainable modes - walking, bicycling, and transit. The goal is to increase this to 35% by 2015. Efforts have focused on:

  • How to create mobility and encourage mode shift,
  • How to create a more sustainable community through innovative planning and land-use
  • Achieving energy independence and offsetting carbon and contaminant releases to the environment

The community is implementing a long range transportation plan with the following goals:
  • Less congestion, more mobility
  • Less dependence on cars, more use of alternative (sustainable) transportation modes (walking, bicycling, public transit)
  • Less fringe development, more core development
  • Less new construction, more transportation system management.

The Mobility Implementation Plan (miPLAN) is to be completed in the fall of 2009 and will provide a Mobility Management Framework, selection of a preferred mobility scenario, a preferred investment plan for future development, and a "Green Corridors" study. The final product will provide the community with a plan for future growth that will provide residents with choices in transportation modes and housing while reducing costs to local governments through the most efficient use of scarce resources.

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) holds an annual series of seminars, usually one or two per month, presented by researchers, policy makers, and corporate executives on various topics related to Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment. This series is an opportunity to share scientific research with peers in a relaxed, informal environment. Seminars usually last about an hour and questions are welcome. The seminars will be from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST in the Stephen J. Warner conference room at the ISTC headquarters. A link to a live video feed will be posted on the Sustainability Seminars page of the ISTC web site approximately 15 minutes before the start of each seminar. Windows Media Player 9 (or newer) as well as a broadband internet connection is required to view the feed. Those watching the webcast live will be able to submit questions via e-mail and have them asked at the end of the presentation. Video and slides from previous seminars are archived on the ISTC web site and are available within a few days of the seminar's completion.



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September 17, 2009

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