Sustainable Mobility in Logistics: “The Future of Smart & Green Ports”

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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 brought together German and US logistic experts to discuss attempts and measures to minimize the ecological impact of logistics activities.

1. Stop: Houston, TX


February 21st, 2018


12:30  - 1:30 pm: Lunch
2:30 - 5:30 pm: Panel Discussion
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Evening Reception


Hilton - University of Houston
4450 University Dr.
Houston, TX 77204

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2. Stop: Charleston, SC


February 23rd, 2018


8:30 am - 2:30 pm


School of Business
College of Charleston
5 Liberty Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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Meet Our German Experts speakers


Ralf Fiedler                  
Group Manager
Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics  
Presentation: Smart Ports – Digitalization for Green and Efficient Operations in Ports

Gunter Klein
Project Manager
dbh Logistics IT AG
Presentation: Smart Ports - How can traffic be controlled intelligently



Dr. Liang-Chieh (Victor) Cheng, Associate Professor Supply Chain & Logistics, Construction Management Department, College of Technology, University of Houston

Presentation: UH CoT Innovations of Smart & Connected Systems 

Michael Shaffner, Director Terminal Technology & Innovation, Port Houston 

Presentation: Terminal Operations Technology

Dr. Bruce Race, Professor of Architecture, Director, Center for Sustainability and Resilience, University of Houston, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

Presentation: Policy Innovation for Greener Ports

Brian P. Hill, Western Gulf Gateway Director, U.S. Maritime Administration

Presentation: America’s Advocate for the Maritime Industry



Sonja (Sobota) Knight

Project Manager, Consulting Services

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

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