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McMillan Speaks on Sustainability Issues at Los Angeles Workshop

Speakers including Therese McMillan, deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, addressed such issues as energy efficiency and socially responsible development processes in public transportation during “The Value of Sustainability,” APTA’s Seventh Annual Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop, held July 31-Aug. 3 in Los Angeles.

The conference provided opportunities for participants to learn about ways that public agencies and private companies can save money and improve efficiency, lessen environmental impacts, and promote strategies that include public transit use. Participants heard from a variety of presenters with real world experience, including signatories of the APTA Sustainability Commitment, and discovered firsthand how the Los Angeles region is becoming more livable.

Presentations showcased positive models for creating local, regional, and state partnerships on sustainability issues and opportunities for partnering with the federal government. The conference closed with a luncheon panel focusing on the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities and a roundtable session.

The Aug. 1 International Plenary Session included remarks from John M. Inglish, representing the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Walter Hook of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, and Clinton S. Bench of the International Transit Studies Program. Kevin Desmond, chair of the APTA Sustainability Committee, chaired the session.

Los Angeles Metro, host system for the conference, presented four Sustainability in Action Tours: the Support Services Center, which boasts the largest solar installation in the city; the El Monte Station, the first piece of a planned “transit village” development; transit-oriented development along the Metro Red Line; and a multimodal examination of the Metro Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit line and bikeway.



Participants in the APTA Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop took advantage of the opportunity to bicycle along a bikeway in the Los Angeles Metro system. 

Speakers at the Aug. 2 luncheon, "The Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities," are, from left, Leslie Rogers, FTA Region IX administrator; FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan; Andre Villasenor, southern California sustainability coordinator for EPA; and Ophelia Basgal, HUD Region IX administrator. 


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