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Reed College to host “Sustainable Transportation Solutions” summit

Posted by on February 2nd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Our very own Elly Blue will be part of a panel discussion at the Sustainable Transportation Solutions Summit happening this Thursday at Reed College.

Here’s the description/blurb on the panel from Reed:

With global warming and gas prices grabbing headlines, we need to rethink how we get around, and Oregonians are leading the way forward. Experts on bicycling, public transit, carsharing, and much more will discuss recent turns in our transportation system and share insight on possible routes to a sustainable future.

The panel will feature:

  • Elly Blue ’05 Managing Editor,; Coordinator, 2008 Towards Carfree Cities Conference
  • Roger Geller Bicycle Coordinator, Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Kaleb Miller Marketing Manager, Portland Zipcar
  • Bob Stacey ’72 Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon;
  • Former TriMet Executive Director of Policy and Planning

Here are the details:

    Sustainable Transportation Solutions Summit
    Thursday, Feb. 5, 6:30 pm
    Reed College Biology Auditorium (Bio 19)
    *An event of the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions, hosted by Reed College Greenboard. Presentations, 6:30 pm; panel discussion, 7:30 pm.

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I’m really excited about this!


Oh? Are you really excited to hear the Zipcar sales pitch. These are a joke. I went to the one at the South Waterfront and it was mostly about buying a condo down there, using Zipcar, or buying a Smartcar.

Personally, I don’t understand why JM gives these obvious greenwashing events any press without qualifying them. He loses credibility with me ever time he does it…


I hear ya, mc.
I was a presenter for the BTA at that South Waterfront conference. I’m always a little uncomfortable with the Zipcar pitch and I have no idea how Smartcar got on that panel (what a joke). That said, your characterization of that panel is very misleading. Folks on the panel included Robert Liberty, an elected official whose comments were borderline anti-car, then someone from Portland Streetcar, me talking about BTA stuff, a representative from the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, an owner of Clever Cycles, a Trimet representative, a PDOT employee…and yes one person from Zipcar and one person from Smartcar.

I, for one, am glad that JM reports the news about these events. Others, it seems, have seriously distorted impressions of them.

I look forward to the Reed summit. Even though I may not agree with all the solutions brought by presenters, I’m glad that we’re having this conversation.