Climate Policy and West Coast Transportation

Stanford, California
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Climate Policy and West Coast Transportation
Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:00 AM -
Friday, September 17, 2010 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Stanford University, McCaw Hall
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, California 94305
United States

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The West Coast Corridor Coalition proudly presents this timely conference on climate policy and west coast transportation and invites your active participation. We have assembled an impressive roster of speakers and panel participants to address today's hottest topics, and packed an incredible amount of information into a condensed two-day program.

Who Should Attend

Government officials, industry executives, and advocates involved with the implementation of transportation, energy and climate policy on the West Coast.

Why You Should Attend

This conference brings together leading federal and state policy makers and regulators, utilities, automakers, alternative fuel advocates, environmental organizations and key legislators to address climate policies and regulations regarding transportation and the implementation of measures on the West Coast to meet those goals and regulations.

Program Highlights

The conference will address:

  •     The current climate regulations that affect West Coast transportation and the public and private efforts on the West Coast to implement solutions.  Some of the most recent national regulations on transportation greenhouse gas emissions had their origins on the West Coast-- and many of the most innovative solutions are set to be tested here first as well.
  •     An overview of the economic, security and environmental reasons to move beyond oil in transportation.
  •     The process for setting the next set of national emissions and fuel economy standards under the President’s May 21st directive and preparing the West Coast to meet those requirements.
  •     Next steps on the Pacific Coast Collaborative signed this year by the governors of the three West Coast states and the premier of British Columbia. The PCC’s climate action plan includes a green highway initiative for the West Coast transportation corridor.
  •     The role of ports and long haul trucking to implement the national emission and fuel economy standards as well as the PCC’s action plan’s vision.
  •     Congressional action on climate and energy legislation and the effort to find bipartisan solutions that will benefit the economy, national security and the environment.
  •     The challenges facing the departments of transportation and state highway commissions of each state on the current and pending regulations and considerations on implementation of the governors’ West Coast Green Highway action plan.
  •     The Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project report on the metrics needed to measure success in transportation policy.
  •     Goals and strategies of the Electrification Coalition and the Electric Drive Transportation Association.
  •     Utility policies and regulations for the electrification of transportation and the outlook from utilities, national and state electric utility regulators and electric vehicle manufacturers on the deployment of grid connected vehicles.
  •    The progress and goals of the U.S. Department of Energy’s EV Project on the West Coast with the Idaho National Laboratory to provide charging stations along the West Coast for the electrification of transportation.
  • Connecting the Livable Communities Initiative of Connecting the Livable Communities Initiative of HUD, EPA and USDOT to the green highway initiative.

  •     A  preview of the electric vehicles coming to the West Coast by  Ford, Nissan, GM, Tesla, Better Place, and Fisker.
  •     Efforts by Region 10 and Region 9 Administrators from the EPA, regional west coast metropolitan planning organizations, air quality agencies, and leading environmental organizations will describe local and regional implementation programs to address federal and state climate change policies.
  •     Next steps by the U.S. Department of Energy on national and international initiatives to move beyond oil in transportation.

A Word About the West Coast Corridor Coalition

The WCCC is comprised of public and private transportation related organizations on the west coast, including state DOTs, MPOs, ports, railroads, trucking interests and others concerned with improving mobility in a clean, green and smart manner.  The West Coast Corridor Coalition (WCCC) advocates collaborative solutions to transportation system challenges on the West Coast Corridor. 

WCCC members represent the states of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington.

Specific WCCC objectives are to:

  • Develop and mutually support a roster of “projects of corridor significance” that serve the nation and the region.

  • Share “best practices” in order to optimize the capacity and performance of the existing corridor system.

  • Encourage joint effort and effective cooperation among West Coast state, regional and local governments and the private sector.

  • Advocate for financing options to fund transportation system improvements serving the interests of the Coalition, including both additional funding and regulator changes.


 

Contact Information

  • Linda Culp, Principal Planner, SANDAG/WCCC Staff
    Phone: 619-699-6957
    Email: lcu@sandag.org
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