Advances in transportation technologies and widespread automobile adoption have greatly boosted our society's mobility. But how has our ability to "go anywhere, anytime" affected local community sustainability? What environmental, economic and social impacts does reliance on automobile travel have on the whole community? Come explore these and other transportation matters affecting community sustainability at the February Green Bag Lunch forum.
GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) Center for Sustainable Community Solutions will hold their Transportation Systems sustainability forum on Friday, Feb. 8, 12-1 p.m. at the SyracuseCoE, Room 203, 727 East Washington St., downtown Syracuse. This fourth session of the monthly Green Bag Lunch series will explore community transportation issues such as complete streets (safe and accessible public roadways designed to accommodate all users—bicyclists, autos, public transportation, pedestrians, etc.), commuting options and affordability. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at http://gbl-trans.eventbrite.com.
Guest panelists lined up for the Feb. 8 session are:
- Vita DeMarchi, Managing Partner, Synapse Partners
- Rich Landerkin, Director of Planning, Centro
- Rick Martin, Principal Sustainability Analyst, Syracuse University Sustainability Division
The event will begin with brief presentations by the panelists. A roundtable discussion and Q&A session with attendees will then follow, allowing everyone to dig deeper into the sustainable transportation systems topic.
Seating for the Feb. 8 forum and all future forums will be limited, and early registration is encouraged. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own lunches. Complimentary hot and cold beverages will be available.
"The Green Bag Lunch series is bringing together green professionals who wish to share their expertise for compiling a comprehensive best practices manual on community sustainability, which municipalities can then use," says Peter Arsenault, GreeningUSA board member and director of the group's 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities Rating System. "Everyone contributing in this effort will be prominently recognized."
The monthly Green Bag Lunches began Nov. 15, 2012. Turnout for the first three events has been strong, averaging about 30 attendees per session.
Every Green Bag Lunch topic corresponds to a different trait of GreeningUSA's 12 Traits rating system, the most comprehensive community rating system in the country. Through each monthly forum, collaborative groups of volunteers are being formed to compile the 12 Traits best practices manual. These expert "virtual" committees will primarily connect online via a soon-to-be released wiki website. Local group meetings will also be held as needed.
"We'll be creating the 12 Traits best practices manual using a process similar to the U.S. Green Building Council's development of the LEED Rating System," says Arsenault. "This is a great opportunity for local professionals to get involved in such a groundbreaking initiative—and be recognized for their contributions."
For more information on the Feb. 8 Green Bag Lunch or the series, and on volunteering as a guest panelist for this or future sessions, contact Laura Cardoso at 315-443-1846 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Peter Arsenault at 315-439-2458 or email@example.com.
To learn about Green Bag Lunch session or series sponsorship opportunities, contact Diane Brandli, GreeningUSA president, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-657-3024.
GreeningUSA is a Syracuse-based nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the sustainability of communities. It is governed by a 12 person all volunteer Board of Directors. Through education, research, partnering and advocacy, it is advancing the vision of American communities that are much more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
The Syracuse Center of Excellence is a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions that creates innovations to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments. It engages collaborators at 200+ companies and institutions to address global challenges in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources. The SyracuseCoE's Center for Sustainable Community Solutions works to translate environmental research, technology and policy into real and tangible change for the communities.