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Daniel Sperling

Dr. Daniel Sperling is the Blue Planet Prize Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS–Davis) at the University of California, Davis. He has held the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board since 2007 (appointed by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown) and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in 2015-16. Among his many prizes are the 2013 Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation for being "a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems." He served twice as lead author for the IPCC (sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), has testified 7 times to the U.S. Congress, and provided 40 keynote presentations in the past five years. He has authored or coauthored over 250 technical papers and 12 books; is widely cited in leading newspapers; has been interviewed many times on NPR, including Science Friday, Talk of the Nation, and Fresh Air; and in 2009 was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

How will COVID19 change the direction of the 3 Revolutions?

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 3:00pm PDT

This webinar will focus on what transportation solutions are available to combat these trying times. Panelists will discuss what strategies states, cities, transit agencies, TNCs and others are taking to address COVID-19. The session will begin...

This webinar will focus on what transportation solutions are available to combat these trying times. Panelists will discuss what strategies states, cities, transit agencies, TNCs and others are taking to address COVID-19. The session will begin by introducing some insights into suspected changes in travel behavior, and continue with a discussion about how we can plan for a future that will enable climate resilient and equitable communities. There will be a Q&A following the presentation. Register today. 

Speakers

  • Dan Sperling, Founding Director @ITS-Davis and author of Three Revolutions
  • Susan A. Shaheen, Director @Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative, UC ITS
  • Seleta Reynolds, General Manager @Los Angeles Department of Transportation

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Daniel Sperling at the Avid Reader

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30pm PDT
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
United States

We're happy to welcome back UC Davis Professor - and transportation expert - Daniel Sperling for a presentation of his fascinating on book on vehicles of the future, ...

We're happy to welcome back UC Davis Professor - and transportation expert - Daniel Sperling for a presentation of his fascinating on book on vehicles of the future, Three Revolutions on Thursday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. 

Transportation is on the cusp of revolutionary change. With electric, automated, and shared vehicles no longer imaginings of a distant future, we have the potential to create a dream transportation system: one that reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, increases accessibility and affordability, and creates healthier, more livable cities. But this scenario is not guaranteed. How we guide these transportation revolutions will determine if they change our lives and communities for the better—or for the worse.

In Three Revolutions, Daniel Sperling and his coauthors share timely guidance and make policy recommendations to steer these revolutions toward a sustainable, livable, and equitable future. As ridesharing services like UberPool and Lyft Line gain popularity, electric vehicle technology advances, and automated vehicles are tested on streets around the world, Sperling offers research-based insights on the potential impacts of the three revolutions and the need to consider the revolutions together.

Sperling and his coauthors acknowledge the potential for the three revolutions to increase urban sprawl and widen the gap between haves and have-nots, yet Sperling remains optimistic. As he writes, “We can be ostriches with buried heads and hope that disinterest, disengagement, and the normal workings of the marketplace will somehow turn out well. Or we can apply our best thinking to harness vehicle electrification, mobility sharing, and automation to create better cities, a livable planet, and a future that serves us all.”

This book is for anyone who cares about transportation, cities, the environment, and the social well-being of our communities.

Daniel Sperling is founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis and co-director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis. He is a distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering and environmental science and policy at UC Davis, and is a member of the influential California Air Resources Board. Other collaborators include: Anne Brown, Robin Chase, Michael J. Dunne, Steven E. Polzin, Susan Shaheen, Brian D. Taylor, and Levi Tillemann. 

Connecting Communities Event: Dan Sperling at SamTrans Headquarters

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:30pm PDT
SamTrans Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos
San Mateo, CA 94402
United States

Connecting Communities Event: Dan Sperling at SamTrans Headquarters

Thu, April 19, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Three revolutions will fundamentally change transportation. But whether these changes will be for...

Connecting Communities Event: Dan Sperling at SamTrans Headquarters

Thu, April 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Three revolutions will fundamentally change transportation. But whether these changes will be for better or worse for social equity, traffic congestion, pollution, and energy use, will depend on the policy choices we make now.

Topics/speakers:

  • Dan Sperling, UC Davis - 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, author of Three Revolutions
  • Debs Schrimmer, Lyft - Technology/service provider perspective
  • Clarrissa Cabansagan, TransForm - Policy and Equity considerations