FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2003
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
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.