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Innovative Mobility Webinar with Alissa Kendall & Mikhail Chester

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with Alissa Kendall & Mikhail Chester

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Increasingly, transportation projects are not just about transportation. They are also proposed to meet environmental goals and, in the case of SB 375, are tied to the state’s environmental targets explicitly. Despite this evolving focus, the process of evaluating these projects’ environmental impacts and benefits is little changed, and typically involves only the legally-required, time-limited, threshold-based analysis that addresses the significance of impacts associated with an already-selected project. This session introduces life-cycle analysis (LCA) as an innovative tool for more thoroughly evaluating the full “cradle-to-grave” benefits, impacts, and tradeoffs of and among transportation project alternatives.

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Alissa Kendall is an Associate Professor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis. Her research applies and advances the methods and perspectives of Industrial Ecology to understand and reduce the environmental effects of transport, civil infrastructure, energy, and agricultural systems. Specific research and teaching interests include life cycle assessment and other structured environmental assessment methods, and the development of new methods for carbon accounting.

Mikhail Chester manages a research laboratory in Arizona State University's (ASU) Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering program. His research focuses on understanding how people interact with infrastructure and how infrastructure can be transitioned for twenty-first century goals. He focuses largely on transportation and cities and he and his team develop innovative life-cycle assessment thinking for sustainable infrastructure challenges. Their research includes the development of integrated transportation and land use sustainability frameworks, urban growth models and how infrastructure enables behaviors, transportation environmental life cycle assessment frameworks, and methods for improving vulnerability in a climate-constrained future. Chester teaches courses in the Schools of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Sustainability, and Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.


Juan Matute studies a number of areas relating to the future of urban mobility and accessibility, including sustainable transportation and land use, transit, SB 375 implementation, innovative mobility, and local government climate planning. Juan has advised teams in UCLA’s B.S. Environmental Science program that have created a carbon neutral scoping plan and a carbon neutral electricity plan for the City of Hermosa Beach and long-term climate action recommendations for the City of Santa Monica. He worked with Caltrans to develop a Statewide Transit Strategic Plan and currently manages, where transit professionals share best practices. Juan administers the operations and strategy for the Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies.

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