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American Public Transportation Association

 Call for Presentations

We cordially invite you to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation at APTA’s 8th Annual Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop. Our host this year will be the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

Planning Schedule

April 20, 2012 Abstracts and submittal forms due to APTA
TBD Accepted authors notified
August 5-8, 2012 Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop

Session Topics

The theme of this year’s workshop is centered around internal and external partnerships and how they contribute to meeting sustainability goals, with a focus on state of good repair. Read more about this conference.

We seek abstracts for presentations within the context of the above theme on innovative trends and practices in sustainability in the public transportation industry. Abstracts can be from numerous perspectives:

  1. Sustainable Planning, Policy and Community Development – Abstracts should focus on partnerships for sustainable, healthy and livable communities, joint development, sustainable practices in transportation planning, land use, and urban design.  Abstracts on transit and MPO partnerships that facilitate sustainable communities are welcome.
  2. Green Design, Materials, and Infrastructure – Abstracts should focus on integrating sustainability into construction projects, mitigating environmental impacts and decreasing life cycle costs.
  3. Sustainable Operations – Abstracts should focus on energy efficient and environmentally sound, and socially responsive practices in transit operations and maintenance (including the role of new technologies, energy-efficient fleets).
  4. Sustainable business practices in manufacturing, procurement, project management etc. and sustainable organizations, including green offices, workforce engagement, performance metrics, sustainability reporting (including “how-to’s”, lessons learned and benefits)

If you have topic ideas outside these areas that you would like to have considered, please don’t hesitate to submit them.

Submitting an Abstract

You may submit your abstracts by emailing them to APTA’s Rich Weaver at and Kyle Bell at You should submit abstracts for as a single presentation on a panel session.

All abstract submittals will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Abstracts can only be accepted from members of APTA and are particularly encouraged by signatories to the APTA Sustainability Commitment and members of the APTA Standards Climate Change, Urban Design, and Sustainability Guidelines Working Groups. If your organization is not an APTA member, you can request membership information by contacting Helene Brett at or (202) 496-4837.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, April 13, 2012.


For general questions about the Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop or the call for presentations process, please contact:

If your organization is not a member, you can request more information about joining APTA by contacting:

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