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American Public Transportation Association

 Session Descriptions

Last updated June 20, 2012

Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change.

Sunday, August 5
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tabletop Displays

12 – 5 p.m.

Sustainability in Action Tours

  • 12 p.m. - Food Access
  • 12 p.m. - Self-Guided Tour of SEPTA Art In Transit Installations
  • 1 p.m. - Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour
  • 1 p.m. - Wayside Energy Storage

Tour descriptions and additional information

6 – 7 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Monday, August 6
7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tabletop Displays

7 – 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Session

Welcome

Goals and Overview

  • Kevin Desmond, chair, APTA Sustainability Committee, and general manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Welcome toSoutheastern Pennsylvania

  • Joseph M. Casey, general manager, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA

Video Welcome

  • Honorable Michael Nutter, mayor, City of Philadelphia
  • Rina Cutler, deputy mayor, Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, City of Philadelphia and Board of Directors, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Plenary Session: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Host Forum

Theme: Going Beyond Green. Roundtable discussion on the evolution of sustainability at SEPTA to implement a comprehensive sustainability planning framework focused on the triple bottom line – economic, social and environmental sustainability – as the key to the region’s long-term sustainability.

Moderator:

  • Rina Cutler, deputy mayor, Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, City of Philadelphia and Board of Directors, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA

Speakers:

  • Richard G. Burnfield, CFO & treasurer, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA
  • Katherine Gajewski, director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, assistant general manager, Engineering, Maintenance and Construction, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA
9:45 – 10 a.m.

Break

10 – 11:45 a.m.

Plenary Session: The Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities

June 2012 marked the third anniversary of the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a groundbreaking agreement between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department Transportation, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Partnership created a high-level interagency program to better coordinate federal transportation, environmental protection, and housing investments and to identify strategies. Fundamental to the initiative was the adoption of six livability principles that began to help reshape, realign and refocus plans and programs to achieve more long-term, sustainable outcomes. These principles – provide more transportation choices, promote equitable, affordable housing, Increase economic competitiveness, support existing communities, leverage federal investment, and value communities and neighborhoods – now help define and guide federal investments across individual department programs, and even more importantly, cross-department programs.

As the Partnership gained traction, funding cycle alignment began; available grant funds for programs were released based on competition; and interagency review and cooperation flourished. In addition, the Partnership created a whole new nomenclature – TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery), TIGGER (Transit Investments in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction), Building Blocks, Challenge Grants and Choice Neighborhoods. However, it was not just new terminology - it was about creating real implementation.

Senior staff of the three partnering agencies will highlight significant Partnership activities and will present specific case studies relevant to the Workshop’s goals. This approach reveals the importance and value of federal-level coordinated planning and integrated implementation.

Moderator:

  • David Taylor, senior vice president, HDR, Tampa, FL

Panelists:

  • John Thomas, director, community assistance and research division (CARD), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, DC
  • Shelley Poticha, senior advisor for sustainable housing and communities, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Washington, DC
  • Kate Mattice, deputy associate administrator for budget and policy/deputy chief financial officer, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Washington, DC
  • Brigid Hynes-Cherin, regional administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Region 3, Philadelphia, PA
12 – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: State of Good Repair and the Link to Sustainability

  • Therese McMillan, deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
1:45 – 5 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars

Hear how APTA members are planning and operationalizing sustainability and making sustainable policy, procurement, design, construction, production, service, operations, and maintenance the modus operandi.

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars Part I: Sustainable Planning, Policy, and Community

Development

This session focuses on partnerships for sustainable, healthy and livable communities, sustainable practices in transportation planning, land use, and urban design.

Moderator:

  • Jeff Tumlin, principal, Nelson\Nygaard, San Francisco, CA

Speakers:

DVRPC's Community Investment Index (CI2): a successful transit agency-MPO partnership to encourage sustainable thinking in project selection

  • Gregory Krykewycz, senior transportation planner, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia, PA

Creating and Implementing Regional Tools for Sustainable Development

  • Richard Brockmyer, strategic planner, Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Salt Lake City, UT

Monroe Shops (Dallas, TX) – At the Crossroads of Preservation, Sustainability and Security

  • Steve Salin, vice president, rail planning, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars Part I: Green Design, Materials, and Infrastructure

This session focuses on integrating sustainability into the design and construction of projects and mitigating environmental impacts.

Moderator:

  • Larry Murphy, intermodal transportation market leader, CDM Smith, New York, NY

Speakers:

Transit Station Design and CAL Green Code Compliance

  • Carmen Suero, lead designer, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Los Angeles, CA

New York City Transit CPM EMS: Sustainable Elements in Design and Construction

  • Thomas Abdallah, chief environmental engineer, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Sustainability Planning: Creating the Conditions for a Future State of Good Repair

  • Bob Hastings, agency architect, capital projects and facilities division, TriMet, Portland, OR and
  • Catherine Calvert, director of community sustainability, VIA Architecture, Seattle, WA

Case Studies – Proven Success of Sustainable Facility Design

  • Merlin Maley, associate, RNL, Denver, CO
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars Part I: Sustainable Operations – What You Can Do

This session focuses on energy-efficient, environmentally-sound, and socially-responsible practices in transit operations and maintenance, including the role of new technologies and energy-efficient fleets.

Moderator:

  • Peter Varga, CEO, The Rapid, Grand Rapids, MI

Speakers:

FTA's TIGGER program supporting sustainable transit operations

  • Leslie Eudy, senior program manager, TIGGER Assessment Program, National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Golden, CO

Rethink the way you manage your operation to reduce the system's environmental footprint

  • Marc Perla, general manager, First Transit – City of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Promoting Green Buildings and Infrastructure through Solid State Lighting Systems

  • Bill McShane, director, sales, sustainable lighting division, Philips Lighting, Somerset, NJ and
  • Lee Eilers, president, TwistHDM, Holland, MI

Saving Energy in Transit Operations – Strategic and Planning Considerations

  • Frank Gallivan, manager, ICF International, San Francisco, CA
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars Part I: Sustainable Business Practices and Sustainable Organizations

This session focuses on sustainable business practices in areas such as manufacturing, procurement, project management, and employee engagement.

There will also be emphasis on sustainable practices and design in organizations, including green offices, workforce engagement, performance metrics, and sustainability reporting.

Speakers:

Internal Partnerships for a Sustainability Program at Amtrak

  • Joanne Maxwell, director, environmental programs, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA and
  • Celia Pfleckl, senior environmental engineer, Amtrak, Philadelphia, PA

Solutions for a Sustainable Tomorrow

  • James Porter, president, sustainable operations solutions, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Wilmington, DE

Third-Party Verification for Lean and Green Manufacturing

  • David Sunderman, sustainable project lead coordinator, Visual Marking Systems, Twinsburg, OH

Moving Metro Forward by Using Resources Wisely

  • Rachel Healy, sustainable project manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars Part II: Sustainable Planning, Policy, and Community Development

This session focuses on partnerships for sustainable, healthy and livable communities, sustainable practices in transportation planning, land use, and urban design.

Moderator:

  • Cynthia Hoyle, transportation planning consultant, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL

Speakers:

Improving Local Community Bicycle/Pedestrian Access to Light Rail Transit

  • G.J. LaBonty, strategic planner, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Transit with Bikesharing: Overview of Practice and Potential

  • Darren Buck, transportation program specialist, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Reinvesting in Transit: How the WRTA and the City of Worcester are Creating a New Downtown

  • Mary Ellen Blunt, transportation program manager, Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, Worcester, MA
  • Jonathan Church, project manager, transportation division, Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, Worcester, MA
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars Part II: Green Design, Sustainable Indicators, and Infrastructure

This session focuses on integrating sustainability into the design and construction of projects and mitigating environmental impacts.

Speakers:

Sustainable Transit Infrastructure: Application of King County's Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard on Metro Transit's capital projects

  • Mike Usen, sustainability program coordinator, King County Metro, Seattle, WA

Integrating sustainability in project development: A case study of a light rail project

  • Lisa Reid, senior program manager, CH2M HILL, Bellevue, WA

Incorporating Sustainability Value in Lifecycle Cost Analyses

  • Khalid Bekka, director, economics and finance, HDR, Silver Spring, MD

Tunnel Vision: Is LEED the best measure of sustainability for underground transit stations?

  • Ryan Zizzo, Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall (PBH), Toronto, ON
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars Part II: Social and Community Responsibility

Moderator:

  • J. Barry Barker, executive director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY

Speakers:

Social Goals in SEPTA’s Sustainability Program

  • Marion Coker, manager, strategic business planning & sustainability, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA

Corporate Social Responsibility at AECOM

  • Gary Lawrence, VP & chief sustainability officer, AECOM, New York, NY

Building Social Responsibility to Reduce Community Violence

  • Charlotte DiBartolomeo, CEO, Red Kite Project, LLC, Philadelphia, PA and
  • Zachary Stone, COO, Red Kite Project, LLC, Philadelphia, PA
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars Part II: Sustainable Business Practices and Operations

This session focuses on sustainable business practices in areas such as manufacturing, procurement, project management, and employee engagement. There will also be emphasis on sustainable practices in operations, including green offices, workforce engagement, performance metrics, and sustainability reporting.

Moderator:

  • Jeff Wharton, president, IMPulse NC, LLC, Mount Olive, NC

Speakers:

Environmental Management System (EMS) & FTA Pilot

  • Cris Liban, manager, environmental compliance and services, Los Angeles County MTA, Los Angeles, CA

Smart Solutions: Strategic Planning and Implementation of HDR's Sustainable Business Practice Initiative

  • Michaella Wittmann, LEED fellow, HDR, New York, NY

Reducing Operational Costs from Within

  • Lolalisa King, sustainability strategist, Architect for Life, Houston, TX

STC Metrorrey: Generating Electricity for Transit from Biogas

  • Alfonso Reyes, director of operations, STC Metrorrey, Monterrey, Mexico
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

APTA Sustainability Commitment Subcommittee Meeting

Tuesday, August 7
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tabletop Displays

7 – 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Plenary Session: Going For Gold – The APTA Sustainability Commitment

Achieving a recognition level in the APTA Sustainability Commitment is a chance for organizational improvement and a showcase of ongoing environmental efforts. Hear from Sound Transit (Seattle, WA), Intercity Transit (Olympia, WA), TransLink (Vancouver, BC) as well as SEPTA, our most recent Gold level signatory as they explain the challenges and benefit to reaching this high recognition level, and what the process has meant.

Moderator:

  • Kevin Desmond, general manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Speakers:

Meeting Environmental Program Goals at Transit Agencies – A Study of APTA Sustainability Commitment Signatories

  • Jennifer Golech, transportation planner, Capital Metro, Austin, TX

The Importance of Employee Engagement in Taking Leadership on Sustainability

  • Petra Mollet, vice president-strategy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC

Panelists:

SEPTA

  • Byron Comati, director, strategic planning and analysis, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA

Intercity Transit

  • Michael Harbour, general manager, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA

Sound Transit

  • Amy Shatzkin, sustainability manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

TransLink

  • Derek Stewart, manager, environmental sustainability, TransLink, Vancouver, BC
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Break

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Peer Exchanges

Partnerships and Planning for Livable and Sustainable Communities and Corridors

Across the country, communities are eager to build more livable and sustainable neighborhoods and corridors. Some regions have projects ready to go but lack funds to get started. Other communities are excited about planning a sustainable future but need help in taking the next steps to translate ideas into implementation. Hear from the practitioners on how they are turning vision to reality including mixed income transit-oriented development with help from grants and program funds under the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Moderator:

  • Paul Skoutelas, senior vice president & market leader, transit and rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Pittsburgh, PA

Speakers:

  • Allison Brooks, chief of staff, Reconnecting America, Oakland, CA
  • Charles R. Goodman, director, Office of System Planning, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC (invited)
  • Byron Comati, director, strategic planning and analysis, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA
  • Vivian Baker, assistant director, transit friendly land use & development, NJ TRANSIT, Newark, NJ

Regional Partnerships for Sustainability: Central Texas Experience

  • Lucy Galbraith, manager, transit oriented development, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Austin, TX

Partners for Growth: Practical Steps for Livable Communities

  •  Gary Prince, program manager, King County Metro, Seattle, WA
9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Peer Exchanges

Climate Change Adaptation & State of Good Repair

Flooding and heat waves threaten the state of good repair of transit assets and infrastructure. Weather records show a worsening of these phenomena in recent decades and robust climate science projects these trends to accelerate.  At the same time, transit agencies are struggling to bring assets up to a state of good repair in the face of tight budgets.  How can transit agencies manage the risks of extreme weather and a changing climate in their asset management systems?  How do the costs of inaction compare with the benefits of risk-based asset management?  Come learn from experts in the field and agencies that are undertaking FTA-funded projects in this area.  Then share insights and challenges in small group discussions.

Moderator:

  • Anne Choate, vice president, ICF International, Washington, DC

Presentations:

Adaptation to Climate Change for Transit Decisions: Identification of Best Practices and Current Challenges

  • Joe Casola, vice president, ICF International, Washington, DC

FTA Activities on Climate Change and State of Good Repair

  • Tina Hodges, program analyst, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Small Group Discussion:

CTA’s Climate Change Adaptation Pilot Program

  • Karl Peet, project manager, strategic planning and development, Chicago Transit Authority (invited)

Asset Management

  • Meg Cederoth, sustainability manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Chicago, IL

Climate Change Adaptation and SGR at New Jersey Transit

  • Barbara Thomson, senior associate, First Environment, Boonton, NJ

Climate Change Adaptation and SGR at SEPTA

  • Jeff Knueppel, assistant general manager, engineering, maintenance, and construction, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA
9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Peer Exchanges

New Technology / New Fleets

Session to include updated on clean fuels, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGGER), and other innovations.

Moderator:

  • Collette T. Ericsson, chief officer, environmental sustainability, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Speakers:

TIGGER Update and Lessons Learned

  • Matthew Lesh, transportation program specialist, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Going Green in the Desert: How solar is adding to METRO's sustainability portfolio and cost savings

  • Stephanie Shipp, transit planner, METRO Light Rail, Phoenix, AZ

How New Vehicles and ITS Technologies Achieve a Sustainable State of Good Repair

  • Stephen O’Neil, administrator, Worcester Regional Transit Authority, Worcester, MA

Heavy Duty Electric Buses – A Solution for near and long term Environmental and Economical Sustainability

  • Joshua Goldman, director of business development, Proterra, Greenville, SC

Comparative Analysis, Performance, and Operation Models for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

  • Joel Rinebold, director of energy initiatives, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, East Hartford, CT
12 – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: Partnerships for Success 

As agencies and municipalities strive to make effective investments and leverage existing resources to provide a better service for the customer, the community, and the environment, they have increasingly looked to partnerships with like-minded organizations to accomplish these goals. Join our distinguished panelists – with experience in agencies, local government, at the federal level, and in the private sector – as they discuss the role of strategic partnerships in advancing sustainability in their organizations, and its positive results.

Moderator:

  • Susannah Kerr Adler, vice president, URS, Washington, DC

Panelists:

  • Lee Gibson, CEO, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Reno, NV
  • Mark Alan Hughes, founding sustainability director, City of Philadelphia, and distinguished senior fellow, PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Geoffrey Anderson, president and CEO, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
  • Ron Thaniel, executive director, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), New York, NY
  • Representative from National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) (invited)
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Kevin Desmond, general manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA
  • Susannah Kerr Adler, vice president, URS, Washington, DC
2 – 4 p.m.

APTA Sustainability Committee Meeting

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Climate Change Adaptation Pilots Peer Exchange

3:30 – 6 p.m.

FTA Listening Session on Proposed Joint Development Circular

Wednesday, August 8
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

APTA Standards Urban Design Working Group Meeting

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

APTA Standards Sustainability Performance Metrics Working Group Meeting

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