WBUR Sponsors ‘Road Map of the Future: Transportation’ Talk on May 7

The 5-part series, Stepping Up: Business In The Era of Climate Change, is sponsored by WBUR CitySpace at the Lavine Broadcast Center at Boston University at (890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston). It will feature leading thinkers from business, environmental advocacy groups and area universities, who will explore what businesses are doing, can do and should do to confront climate change. Learn more at https://www.wbur.org/events.

May 7 @ 6:30 pm: The Road Map of the Future: Transportation

In Massachusetts, the transportation sector generated more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector, and the pressure is on to make improvements. The specter of climate change is shaking up the business strategies of traditional automakers and giving a big boost to alternatives like peer-to-peer car sharing, biking, and scooters. What will the transportation system of the future look like? What are the barriers and how are upstart companies tackling them? How are big car companies responding?

Panelists:

  • Adam Gromis, Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact, Uber
  • Kevin Butt, General Manager – Regional Environmental Sustainability Director, Toyota North America
  • Caroline Samponaro, Head of Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Policy at Lyft
  • Moderator, WBUR Environmental Reporter Bruce Gellerman

 

Other Upcoming Talks:

June 4 @ 6:30 pm: Energy Transitions

We cannot confront climate change without wholesale changes in our sources of energy. What companies are leading the transition to fossil-fuel-free energy, what barriers are they facing, and how are they tackling those barriers? How are traditional electric utilities shifting their business strategies to accommodate or even promote new, cleaner sources of energy? And how are new entrants to this old sector disrupting the electricity industry with clean energy innovations?

Panelists:

  • Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business
  • Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO at Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Francis Slingsby, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Orsted
  • Moderator, WBUR Environmental Reporter Bruce Gellerman