European Science Cafe: Sustainable transportation [fr]
Transportation is a curious thing. While we may soon fly to Mars, we oftentimes find it difficult to safely cross the street. It’s an apparent paradox, considering how crucial transportation is to our personal and economic well-being. In addition, transportation is a major contributor to climate change. It recently surpassed electricity generation as the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.
Sustainability expert Frank Wefering explored the newest transportation trends during the latest European Science Cafe on June 19. His discussion touched on the rapid and fundamental changes currently under way in the field, especially in relation to mobility, accessibility, and road safety in cities. He also discussed the crucial importance of sustainable transportation modes, such as walking, cycling and public transit for today’s climate conscious, healthy and livable cities. Based on his experience in Europe and the United States, he talked about urban mobility planning solutions that can make a true difference in making our cities more sustainable.
Wefering earned his degree in economics at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (’94) and his Master of Economics at North Carolina State University (´97). He is a consultant with more than 20 years of international experience in sustainable development research and implementation, specializing in the application of sustainability principles in transportation and urban mobility projects.
In early 2017, Frank Wefering became the first Director of Sustainability at Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI), a New York-based engineering consulting firm with 1,500 employees across the United States. He is responsible for developing a GPI service line centered on sustainability planning and transportation. Wefering is also the founder and former CEO of Changing Track, LLC in New York and, for more than 14 years, was a senior consultant at Rupprecht Consult in Cologne, Germany. He served as advisor to the United Nations, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the European Commission and cities worldwide on sustainable transportation and integrated planning.
The event was organized in cooperation with the Consulate General of Germany in Atlanta with the support of the Consulate General of France, the German Cultural Center and the Atlanta Science Tavern. It was held at the Goethe-Zentrum /German Cultural Center at Colony Square.