Talks & Lectures
19 Sep 2018
Altorfer 501 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

Sustainable Mass Transit

Sustainability Seminar Series

Thomas Abdullah

Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

The fall Sustainability Seminar Series kicks off on September 19 with the talk "Sustainable Mass Transit" by Thomas Abdallah of MTA NYC Transit.

Public transportation networks including subway lines, elevated train lines, light rail systems, commuter rail lines and bus lines including rapid transit move millions of people back and forth to work and school each day and take commuters out of single occupancy vehicles. The burning of fossil fuels, specifically in automobiles, creates pollution and contributes to climate change with greenhouse gas emittance. Mass transit puts people into less carbon-footprint-producing transportation modes and makes cities more sustainable. Mass transit networks have become more sustainable in operations, design and maintenance, and look at many ways to reduce their emissions and carbon footprint.

The presentation will focus on environmentally sustainable initiatives included in train and bus networks. These sustainability initiatives are included to maximize energy efficiency, improve indoor environment, use recycled and reusable materials, achieve waste reduction by diverting construction and demolition debris from landfills, prevent pollution, conserve water, save natural resources and provide climate adaptation measures.

Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, is the author of Sustainable Mass Transit: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation which discusses the sustainable attributes of mass transportation, including the ways it can become more energy efficient, less reliant on fossil fuels and reduce its carbon footprint. He is the deputy vice president and chief environmental engineer for the MTA New York City Transit. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rutgers University, and is a professional engineer and LEED® accredited professional. Mr. Abdallah is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the sustainability management graduate program.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.

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