Tag Archives: sustainable transportation

Committing to Reduce Emissions

9 Jun

A recent Smart Growth America article highlights the ways in which cities can commit to reducing emissions and steps mayors can take to achieve the Climate Actions Agenda goals.

Some of the steps highlighted in the article are investing in electric cars and clean energy and building walkable neighborhoods which are served by transit.  Compact, walkable neighborhoods are efficient because they reduce the need to use a car and reduce water and energy use.  And as Smart Growth America mentions, compact, walkable neighborhoods are in demand, which is good news for people worried about climate.

Other steps mayors can take:

  • Make walking and biking safer by adopting a Complete Streets approach
  • Make public transit a priority
  • Adopt policies that make it easier  to locate homes and businesses near transit
  • Allow mixed-use development
  • Rethink street networks so that they connect and not end in a cul-de-sac

In Mercer County, Princeton’s Mayor Liz Lempert signed the Climate Mayors open letter to adopt and uphold the climate goals. Some of the highlights are:

  • Adding a new electric vehicle charging station on the first level of the Spring Street Garage
  • Adding a new temporary parklet in front of jaZams along Palm Square which will serve as a playful environment to educate people about renewable energy sources
  • Committing to reducing the municipal environmental footprint by producing less waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • And a new solar project over the former River Road landfill.

So far, over 270 mayors have committed to uphold the climate goals. And all of us can also commit to taking small steps to support them and the Climate Action Agenda by changing the way we drive and how we drive, use less energy, take public transit, and being more aware of our environmental footprint.

 

Meet Our Sustainable Transportation Coordinator

17 Jul

In this week’s blog post we would like to welcome and introduce our newest staff member, Ian Henderson. He is GMTMA’s Sustainable Transportation Coordinator and one of the Safe Routes to School Coordinators.

Ian

Here are some of the things Ian told us about himself:

What attracted you to this job?

I was especially interested that it involved green transportation, a field that combines my planning and environmental interests. Also, as a lifelong Mercer County resident, I jumped at the opportunity to help change the local community.

Why is transportation important for you?

Mobility. As an out of state student in Pittsburgh, I did not have a car. I relied on buses and light rail to get around.

What is a favorite thing about your job?

I really enjoy all of the creative presentations, tools, games, and other activities designed to reach students and the community at large.

What motivates you to want to change the way people commute?

There are direct health benefits involved with cleaner air and less traffic. Who doesn’t want less congestion on the roadways?

Where do you stand on the climate change debate? Do you believe climate change is real?

Yes. As an Environmental Studies major at the University of Pittsburgh, I had several science classes address the issue with an abundance of evidence.

What is your favorite book?

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

What is your favorite movie?

Batman: The Dark Knight or Apollo 13

What was the best moment of your life?

It is difficult to point to one moment. Some notable- I started my high school’s juggling club, I got to see a college energy-conservation dorm competition I designed come to fruition, family Christmas, college basketball fan section during a triple overtime, and U.S. Space Camp in elementary school.

Favorite transportation/commuting story

One summer, I had to commute to an office park just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. My bus route included a ride through the University of Pittsburgh campus, the core of downtown, right past PNC Park and Heinz Field and across the yellow Fort Pitt Bridge. I had a spectacular view of the “Golden Triangle” twice on a daily basis.

Favorite commuting app/gadget

The MyRadar app has a constantly-updating weather radar screen for the country. Also the “NJ Train Schedule” app is nice to have on hand.

What else would you like to do if you would not be working in transportation?

I would work to increase sustainability within business operations or supply chain.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’ve played piano for years. I like to go to live concerts or sports. I also really enjoy film, both classic and current.

Welcome Ian and we are happy to have you!