Transportation accounts for about two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a major budgetary item for householders, businesses, and governments, causes a large number of injuries, and yet is vital to our society. A major event titled 20/20 Transportation Forum: A Vision for Sustainable Communities by 2020, is slated for the Bowen Park Centre in Nanaimo on Saturday, November 13, 2010. This meeting will address the question of how we can create cities that are even more vibrant and connected and and still improve mobility while reducing the need to travel by private automobile. Speakers, panels, and breakout groups will enable participants to apply these concepts to Vancouver Island.
The keynote speaker will be BC Transit Manager of Strategic Planning Tania Wegwitz who will present a vision of how we can better integrate our sustainable transportation systems with more liveable communities. The afternoon speaker will be UBC Professor Patrick Condon, author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World. Panel members will include the Executive Director of the VIU Students Union Steve Beasley, Nanaimo city councillor Bill Holdom, First Nations representatives, and people from the Regional District of Nanaimo. The Nanaimo CarShare Co-op, the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, and RDN transit will also be represented. Related organisations and companies will have display tables.
This forum on sustainable transportation in liveable communities is sponsored by Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island, VIU Students, the Mid-Island Co-op, and BC Transit. It will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 13, 2010, in the Bowen Park Centre, 500 Bowen Road, and is free to the public. Lunch may be purchased for $10. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 250-716-0930. For more information call Ian Gartshore at 250-754-0698.