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April 1, 2003

Birmingham-Southern's 4th Annual Livable Cities Conference to focus on transit alternatives

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The growing challenge of providing mass transit alternatives to the automobile will be the focus of the 4th Annual Livable Cities Conference at Birmingham-Southern College April 11.

The conference will feature Michael Kinsley, who is senior associate and co-founder of the Economic Renewal Program at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, as the keynote speaker. Kinsley has provided economic development expertise to communities in 40 states and three countries, and he is the co-author of several books on environmental sustainability.

The half-day of educational sessions begins at 8 a.m. and will include presentations on how to create bike and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, promote light rail development, and enhance bus service for local areas.

Other speakers will include Andy Clarke, executive director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals; Dr. Fouad H. Fouad, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and associate director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama; Jim Charlier, president of Charlier Associates in Boulder, Co., which specializes in planning and designing multi-modal transportation systems; and Steve Ortmann, senior project manager with the New York-based engineering, architecture, and urban planning firm STV Inc.

The conference, which focuses on sustainable community issues, is co-sponsored by BSC's Southern Environmental Center, Alabama Partners for Clean Air, and the University Transportation Center for Alabama.

The conference is free and open to the public and will be held in BSC's Norton Campus Center Theatre. To register for the conference or for more information, call 205/226-4934.


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