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Sustainable Transportation Analysis & Rating System (STARS) :: December 8th Oakland

Please join the APA Northern California Sustainability Committee and the North American Sustainable Transportation Council at an Interactive Sustainable Transportation Workshop on Thursday, December 8, 2:00-5:00 p.m., ABAG Metro Center Auditorium, Oakland, CA.  CM 3 pending.
Learn how to use the Sustainable Transportation Analysis & Rating System (STARS), a new planning and project development tool, to simplify the integration of economic, environmental, and social goals, objectives, measures and strategies into your transportation projects and plans.
Transportation professionals are struggling to meaningfully improve the environmental, economic, and social performance of transportation projects and plans.  STARS  does more than simply “green up” our current transportation system.  Instead, it provides a voluntary LEED-like, integrated framework to:
  • fundamentally reevaluate the purpose of a transportation project or plan (e.g. to provide people access to jobs, education and other daily needs),
  • evaluate and prioritize innovative alternatives in the design phase, and
  • measure and improve system performance in the ongoing operations and maintenance phases.

Join this co-hosted workshop between APA California Northern Sustainability Committee and the North American Sustainable Transportation Council (STC). Learn how to use a new planning and project development tool, the Sustainable Transportation Analysis & Rating System, or STARS, to simplify the integration of economic, environmental, and social performance into your transportation projects and plans.

STARS is being used on a transit corridor project (Clark County, Washington), a City Transportation System Plan (Eugene, Oregon) and a Regional Transportation Plan (Santa Cruz County, CA). Using STARS will improve the Triple Bottom Line performance of transportation plans and projects. Specifically, STARS will allow you to develop, evaluate, and rate strategies as follows:

  • improve access to jobs, school, housing and goods;
  • cut petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • boost the local economy while reducing transportation capital and operating costs;
  • improve public support for projects and plans that provide both economic and environmental benefits.

Registration is required and cost $25.  To register: http://starssusttrans.eventbrite.com.  For more details: http://www.sustainability2030.com/starsapanastc-workshop.

By Lauren Michele

In a time where transportation policy efforts are pointing toward economic, environmental and equitable stewardship, Lauren Michele - Founder and Author of Policy in Motion - offers combined knowledge as a practicing transportation planning consultant and sustainable policy analyst who works on connecting federal and state legislative priorities with local and regional implementation.

Lauren Michele crafts and implements transportation projects and regulatory frameworks which work toward complete community sustainability and people-oriented development - facilitating access to affordable living near quality jobs, food, schools and health services. A graduate of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and researcher with the University's Urban Land Use and Transportation Center, Ms. Michele's background extends from in-classroom teaching of undergraduate courses in transportation policy to experiential learning while living and researching multi-modal transportation planning in Europe.

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