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STF&E 2020

In 2020, STF&E was held as a free, online webinar series that promoted research, technology, planning, and policy developments that improve transportation efficiency, reduce vehicle emissions, and address the mobility needs of all. Panelists and speakers from across the country highlighted best practices to transform transportation systems efficiently, affordably, and sustainably. Webinar recordings and speaker information can be found below.

What are the short-term and long-term expectations for the growth of freight transportation? What transportation modes and markets are most heavily impacted, and what are the responsibilities of different actors (e.g., State government, private industry, personal consumers, etc.) when trying to make freight transportation more sustainable? The experts on this panel will answer these questions and more in a dedicated discussion on freight transportation in Tennessee. Click here to watch the webinar recording.

Moderator: Dan Pallme, Assistant Chief of Environment and Planning / Freight and Logistics Director, TDOT

Speaker: Amanda Marruffo, Senior Manager of Environmental Operations, BNSF

Speaker: Amy Kosanovic, Planning Supervisor of the Freight Planning Office, TDOT

Speaker: Kevin Walker, Principal Engineer, CSR Engineering

Rural travelers may encounter mobility challenges specific to their communities, including limited pedestrian or biking infrastructure, lack of exposure to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, increased trip mileage, increased rate of mortality in transportation collisions, and more. How can sustainable transportation projects help address these challenges? The STF&E panelists will discuss these considerations and how rural sustainable transportation initiatives can succeed in Tennessee. Click here to watch the webinar recording.

Moderator: Suzanne Carlson, Multimodal Transportation Resources Division Director, TDOT

Speaker: Alex Clegg, Project Development Lead at Build America Bureau, U.S. DOT

Speaker: Mark Graves, Town of Chapel Hill Administrator, Chapel Hill

Speaker: Pingen Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Tech University

Speaker: Robert Buckley, AICP, Director of the Office of Financial Management and Program Oversight, Federal Transit Administration – Region IV

The state’s transportation system needs to be resilient and able to recover and allow for safe travel after extreme weather events, major accidents, equipment or infrastructure failures, and other impediments to normal transportation function. The experts on this panel will examine sustainable transportation resilience through the lens of climate adaptation, cybersecurity, transportation planning, and more. Click here to watch the webinar recording.

Moderator: Ben Bolton, Energy Programs Administrator, Office of Energy Programs, TDEC

Speaker: Andrew Joyner, Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University

Speaker: Mark D. Abkowitz, Ph.D., Director of Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, Vanderbilt University

Speaker: Tiffany Rad, CEO and Founder, Anatrope, Inc.

The final STF&E webinar will feature a digital “fireside chat” between TDEC Commissioner David Salyers and TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright, moderated by Deputy Commissioners Greg Young of TDEC and Preston Elliott of TDOT. Speakers will highlight exceptional mobility projects from across the state’s diverse geographies and communities, as well as several State-organized resources, programs, and tools that support transportation efficiency, safety, and accessibility for all Tennesseans. Click here to watch the webinar recording. 

Speaker: Clay Bright, TDOT Commissioner

Speaker: David Salyers, P.E., TDEC Commissioner

Moderator: Greg Young, TDEC Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Environment

Moderator: Preston Elliott, TDOT Deputy Commissioner, Environmental and Planning Bureau