Island Press Events


SPUR: New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies

Monday, July 26, 2021 - 12:30pm PDT

New transportation technologies can expand our world by an order of magnitude, but the significant benefits they provide are often counterbalanced by the huge costs that they impose on individuals and communities. The rapid expansion of motorization over the last century created modes — and the urban infrastructure that accommodates them — that favor speed over affordability, efficiency and personal and community well-being. As new transportation innovations become more widely available, from e-scooters to autonomous cars, how do we learn from the past to make decisions that benefit ourselves and our communities? The new book by Todd LitmanNew Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies, critically evaluates 12 developing transportation modes and services that are likely to significantly affect our lives, and provides practical guidance for optimizing them. As we accelerate towards a new mobility revolution, come learn how to make informed decisions about advocating and planning for these innovative ways to move.

Eno Center Webinar: New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 2:00pm EDT

New transportation technologies are coming online faster than ever. While many of these emerging technologies are helping to expand our world, they need to be evaluated critically. Todd Litman, author of the new book New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies, will discuss 12 emerging transportation modes and services that will likely significantly affect our lives as they become more commonplace. Litman will explain how these modes and services, including bike and car sharing, micro-transit and electric vehicles, may affect travel activity, costs and affordability, infrastructure design and cost, and other elements.


  • Todd LitmanExecutive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
  • Robert PuentesPresident and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation 

OCTO Webinar: Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT

Sea level rise will cause interrelated challenges in communities around the United States. The issues extend far beyond land use planning to affect housing policy, financing for public infrastructure, insurance, fostering healthier coastal ecosystems, and more. Planning for the myriad of coastal adaptation challenges is crucial for the survival of many communities. In this webinar you will hear from expert contributors to the new book, A Blueprint for Coastal Adaptation: Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy. They will discuss what a framework for comprehensive coastal flood-risk reduction looks like and how public funding of adaptation is possible.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (EBM Tools Network, The Skimmer, OpenChannels, MPA News,

Presented by:

  • Samuel Brody of the Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas at Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Carlos Martin of the Urban Institute
  • Carolyn Kousky of the Wharton Risk Center at the University of Pennsylvania