Why is it so hard to just take the darn bus? We know it’s good for our carbon footprint, and we’re the first to advocate for sustainable options. But when the rubber meets the road, it can be hard to make our values match with our everyday transportation needs, especially in Western American cities like Reno.
How can we make sustainable transportation options more practical? At this Science Distilled, you’ll hear from speakers designing sustainable transport solutions in dramatically different contexts, from a beautifully engineered bike path along the shore of Lake Tahoe to a high-speed train between Southern California and Las Vegas. They’ll explore how they work to sift through possibilities and find locally relevant solutions that inspire people to hop on board. Come consider with us how we can move the needle on sustainable transportation.
Amy Berry is the CEO of the nonprofit Tahoe Fund. In this role, she works with individuals, businesses and foundations to use the power of philanthropy to help ensure more environmental improvement projects can be completed around Lake Tahoe. Under her tenure, the organization has helped secure more than $40M in public funding for more than 35 projects around Tahoe. She graduated from Brown University.
Devin Middlebrook is the sustainability program manager for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. His work revolves around land use planning, transportation, renewable energy, outdoor recreation, and community engagement. Devin is also an elected council member in the City of South Lake Tahoe, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and sustainability from California State University, Chico, and his MBA from California State University, Sacramento.
Tina Quigley is the former CEO of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. During her 14 year tenure there, she championed for advanced technologies and sustainable initiatives related to transit, infrastructure and traffic management. She now works for Virgin Trains USA as SVP Business Strategy in building the nation’s first true high-speed rail system connecting Las Vegas and Southern California.