• Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Experts discuss climate-smart transportation solutions at roundtable

Officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation and local elected officials from the state of Maryland met with Johns Hopkins University experts on June 17 for a roundtable talk about sustainable transportation solutions.

The event, which was held at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and hosted by the Center for Climate-Smart Transportation, focused on how communities and government agencies can center transportation decisions around environmental justice, climate change mitigation, and safety for all road users based on multi-modal transportation models. The panelists’ expertise included climate-smart transportation strategies such as electronic vehicle technology, urban planning concepts that favor multimodal transportation, and 15-minute cities.

The U.S. transportation sector is responsible for roughly 28.5% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Experts agree that rapid innovation and systemic change are essential to address climate change and the risk it poses to public health.

The USDOT-funded Center for Climate-Smart Transportation, launched in 2023 at JHU, focuses on identifying and advancing evidence-based, practice-ready solutions that put climate change at the center of transportation decisions. It is a consortium that includes experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Texas Austin, the University of Utah, Morgan State University, and DinĂ© College. It is part of the USDOT’s larger network of University Transportation Centers.

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