CFIRE summit to address sustainable transportation

May 18, 2015

What role will transportation play in creating a sustainable future? A multidisciplinary group of researchers will grapple with this question at the Next Generation Transportation for a Sustainable Future summit May 29, 2015, at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The summit is hosted by the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded transportation research consortium. UW-Madison serves as the lead institution of CFIRE under the direction of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor and Nelson Institute faculty affiliate Teresa Adams, who will also play an integral role in the summit. 

CBS News travel journalist and UW-Madison alumnus Peter Greenberg is slated to be the summit keynote speaker.

The summit is free and
open to the public, but
registration is required.

Greenberg, who earned his UW-Madison bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1972, will give a talk drawing on his deep interest in the cultural and logistical aspects of travel. Currently the travel editor for CBS News, Greenberg has also served his alma matter as a distinguished scholar at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

Most of the summit, which will help frame the next generation of UW transportation research, will center around four roundtable discussions that tackle issues of land use, air quality, economic sustainability and infrastructure management. Roundtable panelists will include visitors from the University of Oregon, Hofstra University, University of Iowa, University of Utah, and the Capitol Area Regional Planning Commission.

The discussions also will feature a notable diversity of perspectives from UW-Madison researchers, including Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies scholar Tracey HollowayMechanical Engineering Associate Professor and Engine Research Center member David Rothamer, and UW-Madison Population Health Institute researcher Donna Friedsam.

The summit is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Support for the summit comes from the College of Engineering Research Innovation Committee and a multi-disciplinary team including faculty from the Nelson Institute, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and the UW-Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning.