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 Session Descriptions

Last updated August 1, 2014

Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change. Click here to download the official program in PDF format to your mobile device.

Sunday, August 3

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Alcott Foyer

Registration

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Alcott Foyer

Tabletop Displays

1 – 4:30 p.m.

Sustainability in Action Tours

The workshop includes several tours, free-of-charge, that highlight our host agencies’ ongoing sustainability efforts. Tours are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please sign up starting at 10 a.m. at the host desk. All tours will meet and depart from the Registration area in the hotel.

  • Hingham Shipyard Transit-Oriented Development Ferry Tour
  • Sustainable Design Stations Tour
  • Hubway Self-Guided Bicycle Tour

Tour descriptions and additional information

6 – 7 p.m.

Alcott

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff
Monday, August 4

7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Alcott Foyer 

Registration

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Alcott Foyer

Tabletop Displays

7 – 8 a.m.

Alcott

Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Press

Opening Session

Welcome

  • Peter Varga, chair, APTA; and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

Goals and Overview

  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; vice chair, Leadership APTA Committee; and executive vice president- marketing & business development, SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., New York, NY

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Press

Plenary Session: MBTA and MassDOT Host Forum

Hear how MBTA and MassDOT are working to be good stewards of the environment and financial resources, and connecting the region, supporting a more sustainable future across Massachusetts.

This discussion will include a special focus on the groundbreaking green design, transit-oriented development, and climate change adaptation elements of MBTA’s Green Line Extension, as well as a discussion of marketing messages for educating the public on transit and climate change.

Introduction:

  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; vice chair, Leadership APTA Committee; and executive vice president- marketing & business development, SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., New York, NY

Speakers:

Perspectives from MassDOT

  • Richard A. Davey, secretary of transportation, and chief executive officer, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Boston, MA

Perspectives from MBTA

  • Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., general manager/CEO, MassDOT Rail & Transit Division, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Green Line Extension: A Case Study in Sustainability

  • Andrew D. Brennan, co-chair, APTA Environmental Subcommittee, and director of environmental affairs, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Boston, MA

Learning the Science of Climate Change while Commuting

  • Prof. David Lustick, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lowell, MA

10 – 10:15 a.m.

 

Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Press

Plenary Session: Programs, Policy and Innovations for Sustainable Communities

Hear an update from the head of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency on the recent climate change and resiliency initiatives affecting transportation, as well as from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on updates on programs and technical assistance for advancing sustainable communities. Hear how the California High-Speed Rail Authority is advancing sustainable design while transforming transit on the state level. Lastly, hear a perspective from academia on the future of transit.

A discussion of innovations and the future for sustainable transit will follow with this luminary group of speakers.

Moderator:

  • Michael Allegra, member, APTA Board of Directors, and president & CEO, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Speakers:

Perspectives from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • John V. Thomas, director, Community Assistance and Research Division (CARD), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

Perspectives from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Harriet Tregoning, director, Office of Economic Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC

Sustainability and California High-Speed Rail

  • Jeff Morales, chief executive officer, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Sacramento, CA

Session sponsored by HNTB Corporation

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Alcott

Luncheon: Federal Transit Administration Update

Introduction:

  • Mary Beth Mello, regional administrator, Region I, Federal Transit Administration, Boston, MA

Speaker:

  • Honorable Therese W. McMillan, deputy administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Presentation of APTA Sustainability Commitment Recognition:

  • Peter Varga, chair, APTA, and chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI

Bronze:

  • Metrolinx (GO Transit)
  • Stacy and Witbeck, Inc

Silver:

  • Lane Transit District

Gold:

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  • Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
  • Metro Transit (Minneapolis)
  • Société de transport de Montréal
1:45 – 5 p.m.

Sustainability Seminars

Hear how APTA members are integrating sustainability into their organizations, making sustainable policy, planning, design, construction, management systems, and operations the modus operandi.

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Press

Sustainability Seminars Part I: Integrating Sustainability into an Organization's Core Mission

The benefit of sustainability as a concept is hard to refute, yet it can often be equally as difficult to define. As a transformational principle for the organization, this concept has the potential to unify the overlapping and mutually supportive facets of the transit agency through a singular purpose.

Learn how these organizations have achieved just that – bolstering sustainability as a concept and tying it to strategic and business goals for more effective and comprehensive decision making.

Moderator:

  • Rachel Healy, sustainability project manager, Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority, Washington, DC

Speakers:

Sustainability at Amtrak: From Policy to Program

  • Joanne Maxwell, director of environmental programs and field operations, AMTRAK, Philadelphia, PA
  • Celia Ann Pfleckl, director of sustainability, AMTRAK, Washington, DC

Votran’s Route to Sustainability—An APTA Conformant Sustainability Planning Process for Financial Returns and Environmental and Community Benefits

  • Heather Blanck, assistant general manager of planning, marketing and customer service, Votran, Daytona, FL
  • Mike McCarthy, PG, MBA, environment & sustainability group leader, RS&H, Jacksonville, FL

Sustainable procurement at the STM: From tangible projects to the adoption of corporate guidelines

  • Alexis Lautard, sustainable development counselor, Société de transport de Montréal, Montreal, QC

Millennials and Sustainability

  • Jane Sullivan, grant manager/sustainability planner, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Urbana, IL

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Kennedy

Sustainability Seminars Part I: Access to Transit: Green Ways to Go

High-performing transit agencies don’t just run buses and trains, they move people from home to work, to school, and back, through a focus on mobility for all residents. This requires planning, coordination, good design, and a focus on first- and last-mile connectivity.

These presenters have supported multimodal mobility in their communities through far-sighted policies and programs and are here to explain how.

Moderator:

  • Janet Gonzalez, project manager, DC Streetcar, and senior transit planner, HDR, Washington, DC

Speakers:

Making Room for Sustainable Transit in Complete Streets

  • Christof Spieler, board member, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO), Houston, TX

Bicycle Policy Change Through Agency Engagement

  • Rebecca Collins, strategy and sustainability planner, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Greening Access to Work in Memphis

  • John Zeanah, program manager, Shelby County Office of Sustainability, Memphis, TN
  • Liza Cohen, associate, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Boston, MA

Perspectives on Mobility from FTA

  • Joanne Waszczak, special assistant to FTA’s CFO-associate administrator for budget and policy, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

King

Sustainability Seminars Part I: Environmental and Sustainability Management Systems (ESMS) and Environmental Compliance

How does sustainability translate from a strategic objective to cost savings at the flip of a switch?

Come hear from FTA and a group of detail-oriented sustainability managers as they explain the benefits of Environmental and Sustainable Management Systems to managing energy, resource use, and environmental impact at transit facilities.

Moderator:

  • Doran Barnes, secretary/treasurer, APTA, and executive director, Foothill Transit, West Covina, CA

Speakers:

Perspectives on Environmental and Sustainability Management Systems from FTA

  • Antoinette Quagliata, environmental protection specialist, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ESMS” at Lane Transit District

  • Allison Camp, community outreach associate, Lane Transit District, Springfield, OR

Route to Sustainability: The Foundations of ISO 14001 Certification

  • Jeffrey C. Seward, chief financial officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Tampa, FL

Completing an ESMS at Utah Transit Authority

  • Dan Locke, environmental compliance administrator, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT

Session sponsored by AECOM

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Press

Sustainability Seminars Part II: Sustainability Metrics and Indicators

You can't manage what you don't measure. Measurement, however, is often half the challenge. As an organization, leading the pack often requires adapting or developing and testing approaches to measuring performance indicators in novel contexts at the station area, corridor, and regional level.

These presenters will share best practices, lessons learned, and new approaches to quantifying and reporting the benefits of sustainability, from greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, to the to the financial underpinnings of the agency.

Moderator:

  • Erik Johanson, co-chair, APTA Sustainability Commitment Signatories Subcommittee, and manager of strategic business planning, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA

Speakers:

The Path to Effective Sustainability Reporting

  • Sarah Buckle, LEED AP, sustainability strategist, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), New Westminster, BC, Canada

Developing Financial Sustainability Measures for Public Transit

  • Erik Johanson, co-chair, APTA Sustainability Commitment Signatories Subcommittee, and manager of strategic business planning, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gary Prince, senior program manager, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

The Land Use Effect of Transit: new research to estimate GHG emissions benefits

  • Frank Gallivan, senior manager, ICF International, San Francisco, CA

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project’s Sustainability Program

  • Robert Hastings, agency architect, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
  • Karen Jealous, NW sustainability coordinator, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., Portland, OR

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Sustainability Seminars Part II: Sustainable Planning and Operations

The day-to-day grind of a transit property involves innumerable passengers, vehicles, and the effective use of time, space, and resources to provide a quality service. In this complexity lies the opportunity for sustainable “win-win” savings through more efficient assignment of these resources.

Hear from these presenters on how next-generation passenger communication systems, more efficient route structures, and policy changes have led to a more efficient and responsive agency.

Moderator:

  • Tom Webb, member, APTA Board of Directors, and director, business development and national sales, BAE Systems, Endicott, NY

Speakers:

Transit and USDOT’s Connected Vehicle Program

  • J.D. Schneeberger, FHWA account manager, Noblis, Washington, DC

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

  • Stephen O’Neil, administrator, Worchester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), Worchester, MA

On The Go! Travel Station: Sustainability and Technology Advantages

  • Lynda Viray, staff analyst, MTA New York City Transit, New York, NY

Midday Bus Storage Pilot:  Environmental and Bus Service Reliability Impact

  • Heather Ferguson, general manager, scheduling, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

Session sponsored by BAE Systems

3:30 – 5 p.m.

King

Sustainability Seminars Part II: Excellence in Energy Management

Like a bare incandescent bulb hanging from the ceiling, soon to be replaced by a LED fixture, energy efficiency is often the low-hanging fruit of resource savings. After research and initial investment, an organization will begin to see immediate incremental savings.

Hear from properties across the nation on how new projects are offsetting operational expenses, and, in many cases, realizing a cost-neutral benefit to both the environment and the bottom line.

Moderator:

  • Steven Eget, P.E., CEM, environmental group manager, Dewberry, Parsippany, NJ

Speakers:

It’s more than new lights – managing assets and resources

  • Dan Lee, sustainability analyst, Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Washington, DC

Managing the Utilities for Chicago’s Transit System

  • Mark Minor, manager, regional projects and market development, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL
  • Ted Garlin, sales account manager, EnergyCAP, Inc., Chicago, IL

Energy Management – Seeding a Grass-Roots Program

  • Ersoy Gulecoglu, manager, sustainability, Metrolinx (GO Transit), Toronto, ON, Canada

Sustainability and Energy Management through the Development of Renewable Energy Projects

  • Michael Clark, principal civil & environment engineer, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Westford, MA

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Rooftop Ballroom

APTA Sustainability Commitment Subcommittee Meeting

This subcommittee meeting focuses on organizational change and measuring indicators for reporting to the APTA Sustainability Commitment. All are welcome to attend.

  • Co-Chairs, Erik Johanson, Dr. Emmanuel (Cris) Liban, P.E., and Lawrence J. Murphy
  • Agenda

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Gardner

 APTA Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee Meeting

This subcommittee meeting focuses on the metropolitan transportation planning process and collaboration and technical assistance opportunities to advance public transportation at the regional level. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, August 5

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Alcott Foyer

Registration

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Alcott Foyer

Tabletop Displays

7 – 8 a.m.

Alcott

Continental Breakfast

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Press

Plenary Session: International Perspectives

Transit agencies today face problems that are local, national, and international in scope. Greenhouse gas emissions, sea level rise, and damaging weather events do not respect borders, and increasingly a region’s fortunes are tied to its ability to react and adapt to these threats, yet remain responsive to residents, riders, and the bottom line. Environmental, economic, and social goals at the regional agency level intersect with wider concerns globally.

Hear from these international transit providers on how they are using sustainability as a strategic goal and organizing principle to adapt to a changing world and a changing market for transit.

Moderator:

  • Margaret O’Meara, vice president, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Boston, MA

Panelists:

  • André Porlier, director, corporate affairs & sustainability, Société de transport de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Juliane Pötzsch, sustainability and quality management officer, Stadtwerke München GmbH for Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG), Munich, Germany
  • Takahito Sunohara, assistant manager, Environmental Management Office, Management Planning Department, Corporate Planning Headquarters, East Japan Railway Company, Tokyo, Japan

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

 

Break

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Press

Concurrent Peer Exchanges

Weaving Transit into Communities

Planning and design at the community level is deeply intertwined with transit. Designing neighborhoods for transit, while simultaneously addressing quality-of-life, livability, and affordable housing supports ridership on the network, as well as access to amenities for residents.

Hear from a diverse array of local, regional, and national speakers on how transit agencies are working with planners, architects, and developers to create transit-oriented and transit-supportive development in our communities.

Moderator:

  • Kimberly Slaughter, co-chair, APTA Major Capital Investment Planning Subcommittee; and vice president / central region transit market director, HDR, Chicago, IL

Speakers:

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities: Transportation Tools Training

  • Kevin Nelson, senior policy analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

Creating an Eco-Innovation District: Codman Square Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighborhood

  • Marissa Ramirez, consulting project manager, Green Neighborhoods Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC

Weaving New Transit in Old Communities

  • Lucy Galbraith, director, transit oriented development, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN

Promoting Sustainable Ridership, Environmental Sustainability and Equity by Preserving and Expanding Affordable Housing near Transit

  • Jeff Lubell, director of housing initiatives, Abt Associates,
    Cambridge, MA
  • Michael Spotts, senior analyst and project manager, Enterprise Community Partners, Washington, DC

Tying up Loose Ends:  Innovative Approaches to First- and Last-Mile Connectivity

  • Joseph T. Iacobucci, director of transit, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Chicago, IL

Session sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Concurrent Peer Exchanges

Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency

Today, heat waves, flooding, and rising seas 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 should the difficult decisions be made about where to focus scarce resources on resisting this threat? How can transit agencies prioritize and manage the risks of extreme weather and a changing climate in their asset management systems? Learn from experts in the field and agencies that are undertaking projects in this area as to the path ahead.

Moderator:

  • Kimberly Gayle, director of policy review and development, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC

Speakers:

Climate Resilience: The New Normal

  • Projjal Dutta, AIA, LEED AP, director, sustainable initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY
  • Dana Coyle, manager, sustainability initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York, NY

Sustainable Transportation in South Florida

  • Lynda Westin, transportation planning manager, real estate, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Pompano Beach, FL

Case Studies: Climate Change Risk Assessments and an Investment Prioritization Approach for Asset Management

  • Elizabeth Delaney, vice president, First Environment, Boonton, NJ
  • Emily Grenzke, transportation and sustainability consultant,
    CH2M HILL, Alexandria, VA

Assessing Sea Level Rise Vulnerability for Passenger Rails

  • Shirley Qian, GIS specialist, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Oakland, CA

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

King

Concurrent Peer Exchanges

Energy-Saving Technologies

Imagine a system of quiet, non-polluting, high-capacity transit vehicles, sourcing its fuel from the local electric grid and saving excess voltage for future use, built with energy-efficient materials. Recent advances in vehicle propulsion, energy storage, and construction technology have the potential to save electricity and avoid emissions on a large scale, while improving the local environment.

Such a system is being tested and built by agencies across the country with today’s technology. Come hear from businesses and agencies involved in building and implementing this clean next-generation mobility solution.

Moderator:

  • Mark E. Gander, AICP, board member, Green Parking Council, and director of urban mobility & development, AECOM, New York, NY

Speakers:

Early results on Energy and GHG Savings from the TIGGER Program

  • Leslie Eudy, senior project leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

Greening concrete

  • Amy Shatzkin, sustainability manager, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
  • David Walsh, AIA, LEED AP, consultant, Sellen Sustainability

Metropool – The Nation’s First EV Vanpool

  • Autumn Salamack, sustainability program coordinator, King County Metro Transit, Seattle, WA

Northeast Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Program

  • Joel Rinebold, director-energy initiatives, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc., East Hartford, CT

Route 48 Modern Electric Trolley Electrification Project

  • Bill Bryant, transit program manager, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA

DC Streetcar and Sustainability: A Look inside Car Barns for DC Streetcar

  • Thomas Perry, P.E., program manager, DC Streetcar, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Alcott

Luncheon: Building Ladders of Opportunity – Advancing Social Sustainability

A new national-level initiative committed to building ladders of opportunity to help Americans get to the middle class builds links with communities, providing transportation options that are more affordable and reliable, improving quality of life through greater access to education and new job opportunities, including jobs in the transportation industry.

Hear a facilitated discussion that frames the interconnection between the social pillar and the economic and environmental pillars of sustainability, linking together social concerns with interrelated issues from environmental justice, to affordable housing, to access to employment.

Introduction:

  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; vice chair, Leadership APTA Committee; and executive vice president- marketing & business development, SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., New York, NY

Panelists:

  • J. Barry Barker, member, APTA Board of Directors; vice chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; and executive director, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Louisville, KY

  • Peter Butler, deputy regional administrator, Region 1, Federal Transit Administration, Boston, MA

  • John Thomas, director, Community Assistance and Research Division (CARD), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

  • Bob Van Meter, executive director, Greater Boston Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Boston, MA

  • Daniel A. Grabauskas, executive director & CEO, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, Honolulu, HI

Luncheon sponsored by HDR

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Alcott

 

Closing Remarks

  • Susannah Kerr Adler, AIA, member, APTA Board of Directors; chair, APTA Sustainability Committee; vice chair, Leadership APTA Committee; and executive vice president- marketing & business development, SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., New York, NY

2 – 4 p.m.

Kennedy

 

APTA Sustainability Committee Meeting

  • Chair, Susannah Kerr Adler
  • Vice Chair, J. Barry Barker
  • Agenda
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