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Green Monday - Developing Sustainable Regional Transportation (Asheville)



3/19/2010 - Green Monday - Developing Sustainable Regional Transportation (Asheville)

ASHEVILLE, NC - Can you imagine Asheville with 15-minute transit service on major corridors, where your kids could independently visit their friends? Do you want to bike or walk on a Greenway to work each day? Do you need sidewalks to connect your neighborhood with local businesses?

Envisioning a Low Carbon Transportation Future is the topic of the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute's next Green Monday, March 22, 2010, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce second floor conference room. Admission is free and open to the public.

Our current transportation infrastructure occupies the largest portion of land, is the single highest federal spending infusion into Asheville, and has resulted in the highest sources of carbon emissions in Buncombe County. Is it possible to use pedestrian walkways, bicycles, vanpooling, carpooling, telecommuting, and flex-work schedules as a means to reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion? How do we pay for it all?

Moderator Yuri Koslen, Transportation Planner for the City of Asheville, and panelists Mike Sule from Asheville on Bikes and Get There Asheville; Hanna Raskin from the Asheville Transit Commission; Bruce Emery, Transportation Planner with the Asheville Design Center; and Heather Strassberger, Transportation Regional Planner for Land of Sky and the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization will explore these options and more. Please join us next Monday and add your voice to the conversation!

Green Mondays provide experts, regional leaders, citizens, and students with an open forum for understanding and advancing possible pathways to sustainability. Through its Green Monday series, the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute intends to share information, solicit new ideas, and develop consensus in pursuit of sustainable community and economic development. Green Mondays are sponsored in part by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Progress Energy.

The mission of the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute is to drive knowledge into action, solving societal problems today and for generations to come by harnessing world-class environmental, economic, and energy research to collaborations among researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, government officials and community activists.

For more information, please contact Janna Zonder at or 828-505-3547. Or visit our website at


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