Sustainable Mobility Forum "Driving Into a Sustainable Future"

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Sustainable Mobility – is a topic relevant on both sides of the Atlantic: Metropolitan regions in the United States and Germany today have to face the challenge on how they want to secure mobility for necessary economic processes in the future, without endangering the participation of individual groups in social activities and at the same time keep the environmentally negative consequences of mobility as low as possible. This becomes increasingly important considering growing population and traffic rates. Cities and communities need to develop and implement future mobility masterplans that will help to move people and products quickly and efficiently via air, road, railway and sea to global markets. The question remains on how to apply smart sustainability solutions? 

To find solutions, the GACC South organized a roadshow on the topic of "Driving into a Sustainable Future" in the Southern US.

1. Stop: Houston, TX


July 12th, 2017


8:30 am - 2:30 pm


Four Oaks Place
2nd Level - "Hill Country"
1330 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

[Free parking is available]

Pictures of the event can be found here

2. Stop: Atlanta, GA 


July 14th, 2017


8:30 am - 2:30 pm


Institute for People and Technology (IPaT)
at Georgia Institute of Technology 
75 5th Street, NW Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30308

[Centergy Parking Deck located at 815 Williams NW St. Atlanta, GA30308]

Pictures of the event can be found here

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Speakers and Panelists included:

Houston & Atlanta: 
Olaf Czogalla

Senior Engineer, Intelligent 
Traffic Systems ifak - Institut f. Automation u. Kommunikation e.V.
Magdeburg, Germany

Max Gruenig

President, Ecologic Institute (Washington, DC & Berlin, Germany)

Houston: William Fulton

Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University

Houston: Rajat
Rajbhandari, PhD, P.E.

Associate Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute, 
The Texas A&M University System 

John Franklin

Executive Director of Transportation,
Atlanta Public Schools

Monique Forte

Urban Planner,  
City of Atlanta

Dr. Randall Guensler

Transportation Systems Engineering Smart Cities, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Henry Ikwut-Ukwa

Director of Transportation,
Altanta BeltLine Inc.

Debra Lam

Managing Director for Smart Cities and and Inclusive Innovation,
Institute for People and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ben Limmer

Assistant General Manager of Planning, 
(Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)

Maria Sotnikova

Data Scientist, Atlanta Regional Commission

Dr. Kari Watkins

Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Moderator Houston:
Michaela Schobert

Director Consulting Services, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc

Moderator Atlanta:
Dr. Jennifer Clark

Director of the Center for Urban Innovation; Associate Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Moderator Atlanta:
David Zipper

Fellow, Urban and Regional Policy, German Marshall Fund



Sonja (Sobota) Knight

Project Manager, Consulting Services

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

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