Moving Ahead

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The staff at TRC attended the Moving Ahead 2010: Sustainable Transportation Solutions for the 21st Century Conference, from May 2 through May 4, at the new Ohio Union. The conference focused on developing systems, technologies, policies, and practices that will serve our transportation needs into the distant future. Sustainable transportation for the 21st century does not mean transportation that works for the next five, or 10, or even 50 years. Sustainable transportation systems must provide the services we seek and be resilient, adaptable, economically viable and environmentally acceptable, which is why the conference focused on the transportation industry in the year 2099.

The conference kicked off on Sunday with preconference sessions and then a welcome ceremony with speakers Gregory N. Washington, Interim Dean, The Ohio State University, and Frank Paluch, Vice President, Automotive Design, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. The next two days included discussions and sessions focused on biofuels, electric transportation, the future of oil, mass transit, air and train transportation, advances in air transportation, policy and economic development, and how innovations will affect jobs, the environment and national security.

Along with TRC Inc. being a Sponsor of the Moving Ahead conference, TRC Inc. had a presence in the Technology Expo, and hosted the Vehicle Fuel Efficiency: Making Every Drop Count session. Additionally, TRC Inc. President Rick Gildow gave the welcome introduction, and had the opportunity to speak during the Monday evening dinner, while Jeff Sankey, Manager of Durability and Dynamics Operations, served on the Business Leaders of Today and Tomorrow panel. The panel allowed industry leaders and college students to discuss advancing transportation through the 21st century.

The event was sponsored by The Ohio State University (OSU) and Clean Fuels Ohio, with primary financial donations from Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. and the Jon and Susan Diamond Family Foundation. For more information about the conference, you can visit: http://www.movingahead2010.com/unite/.