University of Vermont

Green Dorm

CEF Seminar: Transportation: The Elephant in the Room

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 4:05pm
Waterman Building on the UVM campus, Room 413


Chapin Spencer was appointed as the Director of the Department of Public Works in June, 2013 by Burlington's mayor Miro Weinberger. His department is responsible for a multimillion dollar annual budget dedicated to infrastructure including roads and bridges, sidewalks, lighting, and stormwater and many other services in the city of Burlington. Prior to joining the Department, Chapin was the Executive Director of Local Motion, a Burlington Organization launched in 1998 to focus on a bike ferry across the Winooski River, but which under Chapin's leadership became a year-round center for promoting alternative transportation of all kinds. He also serves as a Commissioner on the Chittenden County Transportation Authority. He recieved his BA with honors from Trinity College. He seeks to assist Vermont's political, business and community leaders to develop a more sustainable transportation system for all Vermonters.

As the Director of Transportation Efficiency at VEIC, Karen Glitman blends the study of travel behavior and fleet data with electric data, with an eye toward creating pathways to more efficient transportation systems. Prior to her time at VEIC, Karen was co-director of the University of Vermont (UVM) Transportation Research Center. She is the author of significant transportation efficiency publications, such as the annual Vermont Transportation Energy Report. She has served as the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator (2007-2009); and as Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary, and Acting Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (1995-2003). She was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1990 and served as a member! of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1985-1990. She works closely with VEIC Policy and Consulting to bring transportation efficiency measures and programs to our clients.

Stephanie Kaza is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, serving the Environmental Program with an appointment through the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. She teaches and advises undergraduate and graduate students with a concentration in the environmental humanities. Her courses include: Religion and Ecology, Ecofeminism, Unlearning Consumerism, and Introduction to Environmental Studies. Dr. Kaza’s interdisciplinary approach is reflected in her academic training: Ph.D. in Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A. in Education, Stanford University; M.Div., Starr King School for the Ministry; and B.A. in Biology, Oberlin College. As co-chair of the UVM Environmental Council, Professor Kaza has been actively engaged in campus sustainability initiatives to reduce waste, conserve energy, and promote environmental value. She is the author of numerous articles on Buddhist environment! al thought as well as The Attentive Heart: Conversations with Trees, meditative essays on deep ecological relations with trees, and co-editor (with Kenneth Kraft) of Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism. Her latest book is an edited collection on Buddhism and consumerism entitled Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume.

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