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The Role of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in Climate Change Mitigation

Appendix B: Agenda

FHWA Climate Change Mitigation Peer Exchange

Chicago, IL
April 12-13, 2012
April 12, 2012


Day 1

9:00 AM

Welcome and Purpose

  • Introductions
  • Presentation of Current FHWA Initiatives (Diane Turchetta)

9:45 AM

Current Efforts to Integrate GHG Emissions into Transportation Planning

  • National context (Michael Grant)
  • Highlights of MPOs experiences from:
    • Melissa Taylor, Chattanooga
    • Todd Lang, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
    • Amanda Graor, Mid-America Regional Council

10:45 AM


11:00 AM

Challenges and Opportunities for Addressing Climate Change in the Planning Process - Roundtable Discussion

11:45 AM

Lunch Break

12:45 PM

GHG Analysis in Planning (Inventories, Forecasts, and Methodologies)

  • Brief Overview (Michael Grant)
  • Highlights of MPOs experiences from:
    • Jesse Elam, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
    • Michele Boomhower, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
    • Charles "Muggs" Stoll, San Diego Association of Governments
  • Discussion.

2:30 PM


2:45 PM

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategies, and Incorporation into the Planning Process

  • Brief Overview of Strategies (Michael Grant)
  • Highlights of MPOs experiences from:
    • Huasha Liu, Southern California Association of Governments
    • Hary Prawiranata, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
    • Shelley Whitworth, Houston-Galveston Area Council
    • Josh Roll, Central Lane MPO
  • Discussion.

3:45 PM


4:00 PM

Wrap-up Discussion - Key Issues, Other Topics

4:30 PM


April 13, 2012


Day 2

8:00 AM

Brief Recap from Day 1

8:20 AM

Co-benefits of climate change mitigation strategies and communicating about climate change.

  • Overview by Michael Grant
  • Highlights of MPOs experiences from:
    • Ann Cundy, Missoula MPO
    • Chris Klaus, North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Discussion.

9:45 AM


10:00 AM

GHG Mitigation Strategies - additional discussion.

  • Roundtable discussion of new or emerging mitigation strategies (e.g., electric vehicle infrastructure, sequestration etc.).

11:00 AM

MPO Needs - What do you need from FHWA?

11:45 AM


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