Professor Daniel Sperling, director of the UC Davis Institute for Transportation Studies — who was honored earlier this month with the 2013 Blue Planet Prize — will give a talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in Young Hall, Room 194 on the UCD campus.
Sperling will talk about the need to transform vehicles, fuels and transportation generally — not only in the United States, but in many nations — as the world heads toward a total of two billion vehicles. Sperling will document how our nation pioneered car-centric cities and lifestyles, founded on abundant petroleum. He will explore opportunities for more sustainable transportation focusing on the role of innovation and policy in bringing about low-carbon fuels, electric-drive vehicles, socially responsible behavior, enhanced mobility services and low-carbon cities.
Tickets are $20-$25 at the door. The talk is part of the “Visionary” series, sponsored in part by the American Institute of Architects Central Valley, and the Capital Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council.
In addition to the Blue Planet Prize, Sperling has also been honored by the 2010 Heinz Award (for his research in alternative transportation fuels). He has also been a keynote speaker at numerous universities, has been featured as a guest on NPR’s Science Friday and other NPR programs, and has written 12 books (including “Two Billion Cars,” published by Oxford University Press in 2009).