February 8, 2013

Reducing Transportation Emissions: What Has Worked, and Application to the Future

Time

1:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location

1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village

Speaker(s)

Mr. Tom Cackette, Former Chief Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

Abstract

Urban air pollution has improved greatly over the past few decades, and government regulatory programs requiring large reductions in motor vehicle emissions have played an important role in this success story. However, additional improvement in urban air quality is needed in many of California’s communities, and we also face the daunting task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are
causing climate change. The discussion will focus on challenges and whether the approaches we used in the past to reduce emissions will be sufficient and serve us well in the future , or will new approaches be needed. The audience will be urged to share thoughts on the technical, economic and political aspects of this question.

Biographical Sketch

Tom Cackette recently retired after leading California’s efforts to reduce vehicle emissions for the past 30 years. He directed development of the low emission vehicle standards, zero emission mandate, heavy diesel truck clean up requirements, and the nation’s first greenhouse gas standards for passenger vehicles. He has a Masters degree in engineering, and a continuing interest in
environmental improvement.