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 Call for Presentations

We cordially invite you to submit a proposal to be considered for presentation at APTA’s 10th Annual Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop. Our host will be the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency, with a focus on the unique multimodal connections in the Boston region, sustainability and mobility plans for multi-regional entities, including large institutions, and innovations in green design and mobility.

Session Topics

We seek abstracts for presentations on innovative trends and practices in sustainability in the public transportation industry. We especially encourage presentations around the aforementioned key themes of innovation and organizational planning. With the increased emphasis on outcome-based approaches in MAP-21, we also encourage measuring performance and setting targets and goals, as well as an emphasis on energy efficiency. Topic areas for presentations will include:

  1. Sustainable Planning, Policy and Community Development – Abstracts should focus on achieving energy-efficient mobility, connectivity, and accessibility, as well as sustainable practices in transportation planning and energy efficient development patterns. Abstracts on performance standards for MPO long-range regional transportation plans are welcome.
  2. Innovation in Green Design, Materials, and Infrastructure – Abstracts should focus on integrating sustainability in construction projects and transit corridors, mitigating environmental impacts and decreasing life cycle costs.
  3. Sustainable Operations – Abstracts should focus on energy efficient, environmentally sound, and socially responsive practices in transit operations and maintenance, including the role of new technologies and energy-efficient fleets.
  4. Sustainable Business Practices – Abstracts should focus on manufacturing, procurement, project management, and sustainable organizations, including green offices; workforce engagement; performance metrics for projects, corridors and agencies; as well as 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 propose them.

Submitting an Abstract

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

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 Metrics 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 11, 2014.


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:


 APTA Contact


Rich Weaver
(202) 496-4809


 Submit An Abstract

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