Mela Bush, Transportation Specialist,
Greater Four Corners Action Coalition

John Viera, Global Director
Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters
Ford Motor Company

Robert Zimmerman, Executive Director
Charles River Watershed Association

Berkley Adrio Rothmeier, Director
Water Program at Ceres


Last year Boston GreenFest 2013 had the honor of presenting three forums that focus on Transportation. The first two, Transportation Tomorrow Today and H2O on the GO, take place on Friday morning, August 16th at the EcoStage and the third one, Electric Vehicles Now also at the EcoStage, takes place first thing on Saturday morning, from 10 am to 11 am. We are fortunate to have had three wonderful entities sponsor these discussions - Massport, Ford and EVUIS.

We are working on the focus for Boston GreenFest 2014. Check back for updates!

Massport Transportation Forum
Transportation Tomorrow Today

Boston City Hall Plaza - EcoStage

Friday, August 16, 2013
10:00 - 11:00 AM

This forum looked at where we are currently in our transportation services and how we are sharing the road with bikes and pedestrians. It also attempted to grapple with some innovative questions about where we would like to see transportation head. What is the most efficient, safe and equitable way to move from point A to point B? How do our transit systems allow us to be creative about our future? We ask the panelists to share their vision for transportation tomorrow and discuss plans and actions we are setting in motion today to get us there.


Ms. Mela Bush
Transportation Specialist, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition


Bob Turell
Bob has spent the last 30 years of his life working on Transit Justice issues as part of On The Move and as Chair of the Washington Street Corridor Coalition. His prime focus now is the Light Rail Project in Roxbury.

Representative from Livable Streets Alliance
LivableStreets is an advocate for biking, walking, and transit - creating safe streets and vibrant communities - to make the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play.

Representative from Massport
Massport is an independent public authority which develops, promotes and manages airports, the seaport and transportation infrastructure in the state. It has been working diligently over the past years to increase its efficiency and sustainability.

Any questions or suggestions, please contact the Transportation Forum Coordinator.

Transportation Forum presented by Ford Motor Co.
H2O on the Go!

Boston City Hall Plaza - EcoStage

Friday, August 16th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The three sections of this forum are as follows:

Discussion of Impacts: Bob Zimmerman provided local perspective that highlights the need to decentralize our water infrastructure.

Discussion of Trends: Berkley Rothmeier provided an overview of macro trends as it relates to water and how corporations can contribute to the global effort to conserve water.

Discussion of scenarios: John Viera discussed what Ford has done at its facilities, as well as in its local communities in regards to water conservation.

Moderator: John Viera
John Viera is the Global Director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters for Ford Motor Company, a position he has held since January 2007. Viera is responsible for developing global sustainable business plans and policies, interfacing with global regulatory bodies, reporting externally on the company's environmental and social performance, and leading the company's engagement and partnerships with non-government organizations (NGOs) and other key stakeholders. Viera is an active member of the Product Development arm of the Ford African Ancestry Network (FAAN), with a focus on mentoring and counseling. He currently serves on advisory boards at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the Graham Institute of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Michigan, the Transportation Resource Board of the National Academies in Washington D.C., and the Energy Advisory Committee at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. A native of Chicago, Viera attended the University of Michigan, receiving his Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 as well as Master's in Business Administration in 1992.

Panelist: Bob Zimmerman, Jr.
Bob Zimmerman is the Executive Director of Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). Under his direction, CRWA has initiated groundbreaking ecosystem analyses and land-planning studies, helped reform land and water regulation, developed restorative technologies, and won major battles to restore and protect the Charles and its parklands. He received the International Riverprize on behalf of the Charles River and CRWA in 2011.

A long-time member of the Massachusetts Water Resources Commission and MassDEP Fees and Programs Advisory Committee, he also serves on the Board of River Network, and is a past Board chair of EarthShare New England and former Board member of EarthShare of America. He lectures widely and teaches on water sustainability and transforming traditional water infrastructure to restorative and sustainable systems.

Panelist: Berkley Adrio Rothmeier
Berkley Rothmeier is the Manager of Water Programs with CERES. Rothmeier works with CERES members on activities designed to address water risks in company operations, supply chains and investment portfolios. She also conducts research on the impacts of water risk in various sectors including food and beverage, oil and gas, and electric power. Rothmeier is co-author of a recent CERES study on water risk, The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management. Prior to CERES, Rothmeier conducted community ecology research in the South African savanna and New England meadow ecosystems.

Transportation Forum presented by EVUIS
(Electric Vehicle Urban Infrastructure Study)
Electric Vehicles NOW!

Boston City Hall Plaza - EcoStage

Saturday, August 17th
10:00 - 11:00 AM

This forum was an attempt to accomplish two goals: (1) connect local and national issues concerning the establishment of electric vehicles for public transit and (2) chart a path for electric vehicles in Boston on a very short-term time frame of 5-7 years.

Moderator: Jack Gregg, President, EVUIS. These forums are free, but we ask that you register in advance to guarantee a seat, since space is limited. Thank you!


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Transportation Forum presented by EVUIS
(Electric Vehicle Urban Infrastructure Study)
Electric Vehicles NOW!