Summary: Sustainable Transportation on Campus and in the Community
Keynote Address: "Sustainable Campus Transportation in the United States"
Will Toor, Boulder County, Colorado
September 22, 2005
Thanks, Michael. What I am going to talk about is some of the transportation
issues that are really specific to university campuses and campus communities. What
some of the driving forces are, and what some of the- I think- are kind of interesting
examples from across the United States of university communities trying to do something
a little bit differently. If you think about, why do campus communities try to go in a
different direction in transportation, I think one of the reasons is that campuses tend to
really worry about sustainability. When you think about, why is that? Well, there's the
unprecedented threat of global climate change. The approaching end of the oil age, and
natural ecosystems in decline all over the world.
As universities grapple with this, they typically come to the sense that there are a
few key areas of action: educating students to be environmentally literate citizens,
providing technical and policy research to assist the broader community in grappling with
these issues, and reducing the environmental footprint of the university community itself.
And when you think about reducing that footprint, by far the biggest act in our
communities tends to be what we're doing directly to the land or land use planning, and
then our use of fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and if