Climate Change and the Transportation Community: Conflicts and Tensions

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 10:45am

About the Event

Internationally recognized expert Daniel Sperling discussed the sustainable community of tomorrow—what it will look like, how we will get there, and what the policy implications will be.

The transport community has largely stood on the sidelines as debate rages over climate science and policy. Sperling addressed how emerging climate policies will directly impact transportation decisions, and how the transport community can take advantage of emerging local, state, national, and international initiatives. As the saying goes, it’s better to be at the table than on the menu. Sperling explored the coming transformation of the transport sector, including policy initiatives to reduce vehicle-miles traveled, manage land use, decarbonize fuels, and transform vehicles.


Daniel Sperling is professor of civil engineering and environmental science and policy and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Sperling’s areas of expertise include transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He was the founding chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Sustainability and Transportation standing committee. He is widely cited in leading newspapers and has been interviewed many times on National Public Radio.

He is also coauthor (with Deborah Gordon) of the book Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability.