Climate Week Event: Role of Universities in the Sustainable Transportation Revolution

As part of Climate Week NYC, Columbia's Office of Sustainability hosted a panel webinar focused on sustainability in transportation at institutions of higher education. Running from September 19 through 25, Climate Week NYC is the biggest global climate event of its kind.

September 22, 2022

Travel has a significant impact on our natural and built environment. In the U.S. about one third of greenhouse gas emissions are from the transportation sector. Additionally, our society continues to be confronted with question of how best to create convenient, affordable, and safe travel while maintaining the livability and attractiveness of our communities. 

In the webinar, titled "Role of Universities in the Sustainable Transportation Revolution," panelists discussed topics like electrification of campus fleets, commute incentives to retain and recruit talent while reducing environmental impact, and how decisions are made at universities to implement new transportation initiatives.

Moderated by Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President in the Office of Sustainability at Columbia University, the webinar featured four panelists from Ivy League institutions whose roles focus on transportation:

  • Charlie Tennyson, Director of Transportation and Parking Services, Princeton University
  • John Nolan, Managing Director of Transportation and The Campus Services Center, Harvard University
  • Brian Shaw, Executive Director, Stanford Transportation, Stanford University
  • Daniel Allalemdjian, Director of Transportation Demand Management, Columbia University

One of many events taking place during Climate Week NYC, this event served to bring together climate leaders to accelerate action. This year, the Climate Group has selected the Columbia Climate School as its university partner. For more Climate Week events and content, visit the Climate School's website