How University Transportation Practitioners are Transforming USGBC's Global Transportation Emphasis

Paul Wessel Presenter
U.S. Green Building Council
Reed Huegerich Presenter
Assistant Director of Transportation
Cornell University
Edward Adelman, FAIA Co-Presenter
Executive Director
Massachusetts State College Building Authority
Brian Shaw Co-Presenter
Executive Director of Parking & Transportation Services
Stanford University
Wed, 10/3: 11:30 AM  - 12:30 PM 
60-minutes presentations 
Session D 
Room: 402 - Transportation / Air & Climate 




Transportation is the fastest growing source of global C02 emissions. Two years ago, the USGBC added Parksmart, a parking-structure and transportation certification program, into its suite of offerings. Universities have taken the lead on certifying new and existing parking structures - and in so doing have accelerated the engagement of architects, engineers, sustainability staff, and parking professionals in the transportation sustainability discussion.

Universities and colleges have been recognized by Parksmart for higher and better land use through sustainable structures, demonstrated cost-savings arising from Parksmart practices, and increased campus access while reducing SOV trips.

Additionally, a number of university parking and transportation professionals have inspired the USGBC to grow a broader systems-based approach to assessing, recognizing, and promoting sustainable parking and transportation programs. These leaders are collaborating with USGBC to identify the most effective system practices and metrics to reduce SOV use, promote active transportation, encourage more sustainable forms of mobility, and reduce CO2 and other transportation-caused emissions.

This presentation will feature discussions by ASU, Cornell, MSCBA, Stanford, and the USGBC on the creative dynamic in play here. It's an exciting story of collaboration, leadership from below and above, and about how a small group of group of people can transform an entire system.

Audience Engagement

The presenters have begun to identify the metrics and performance indicators to assess how well we are achieving our sustainable transportation goals. After explaining how we got to where we are, we will engage the AASHE community in a participatory process of testing and expanding our assumptions. We plan to do this a small group breakout two thirds of the way through our session. 

Primary Topic Area


Secondary Topic Areas

Air & Climate
Coordination & Planning

Session Level

Intermediate Level

Intended Audience

Businesses and Community
Sustainability Staff

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