Sustainable Transportation, Energy and Urban Development
Today’s new urban populations expect a high quality of life at the heart of their urban experience.
Improving the quality of life for city inhabitants is, however, challenging.
Finding suitable land for infrastructure projects, developing community support, obtaining stakeholder consensus, securing financial resources,
and overcoming restrictive protocols -- these are the challenges which professionals face. In the process, citizens want to be empowered
to participate in designing their local surroundings.
Recognizing these challenges, an international team of professionals has formed the International Institute of Sustainable Transportation, INIST.
INIST will initiate, finance and define Urban Change projects on a non-profit basis, assisting in the transition from life based
on fossil fuels to a sustainable future based on renewable energy and automated transportation for all.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Today I just had an interesting conversation with students at Presidio University in San Francisco. The students are working on a business plan on how to finance and operate an ATN system. For those of you who don't know about Presidio School, See image:
|Presidio School of Business|
The students are working together with INIST, International Institute of Sustainable Transportation, with Ron Swenson as mentor. We expect their very interesting work to be available for the general public this summer and I very much look forward to this.
As usual, many of the things that changes our world start in Silicon Valley. Today the Podcar/ATN community experiences a dramatic increase of interest from universities and cities in The Valley. Under leadership from Ron Swenson of INIST, seven cities and three universities now collaborate in movin...
To travel is not for everyone. For some, it's because they don't want to. However for most people travel is essential in their everyday life, but some can't. This is for many different reasons - age, financial, health or other disability. Some people are not even allowed to travel due to political r...
If you raise your view from the ground and look at transportation from above you will observe a few things. First, it's a steady flow of objects carrying people and goods constantly burning fossil fuels to move. Second, the patterns of flow is very similar to that of small water creeks turning into ...
Today I had a short visit with people at Capitol Hill to talk about the upcoming conference in Washington DC in October. For both US and European decision makers the issue of unemployment is high on the list of important tasks to address, something that ties closely into what we do at the confe...
I sometimes get the question "Why solar?" for Podcar systems. Well, there are many reasons for it. First, the sun is the most natural source of energy on earth, and it's endless free energy. Second, the electric energy derevied by PV cells is very suitable for transportation as electric motors are h...