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The Future of Transportation: How Will We Get Around?

Community Event
Sep 28 2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

A Great Green Transportation Tune-Up Event

How will rising gas prices affect our travel habits? Will we stay closer to home, or will electric vehicles simply replace our gas-guzzlers? Can we afford a better transit system? Should we invest in more bicycle paths? How will the new transportation realities affect the way we live? 

A hundred years ago, the adoption of mass-produced automobiles radically transformed North American society in the span of only ten short years. Are we about to see an equally dramatic shift?

Join us to hear from two Kamloops experts who ponder these questions every day.

John Kenney
Energy Sustainability Specialist, Urban Systems Ltd.

John moved to Kamloops in the spring of 2010 and works within the company’s Integrated Environmental services team. John brings a diverse experience in energy and emissions policy, policy and economics. Since joining Urban Systems, John has worked with local governments, First Nations and provincial agencies to help support actions that deliver real greenhouse gas emissions reductions, while supporting more sustainable energy management practices and systems.

Prior to Urban Systems, John was the Manager of the Strategic Policy, Environmental Tools and Economics portfolio with the Government of Alberta's Ministry of the Environment. Some key initiatives John lead and supported with the Ministry include Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy, Water For Life Framework, Land Use Framework, and a diversity of regulatory projects to enhance the sustainability of the oil sands sector.
John is also a member of the BCSEA and serves on the Kamloops’ chapter steering committee.
John will discuss the different transportation fuels and their prospects for the future: oil, natural gas, non-gaseous fossil fuels, electricity and biofuels. In a world where demand for energy is growing all the time, how can these be supplied in an affordable, environmentally sustainable and secure way? John will go over the pros and cons, opportunities and challenges of the different fuels to suggest how the Kamloops community can thrive despite volatile global energy supplies.
Erin Felker
Transportation Planner for the City of Kamloops
Erin moved to Kamloops in 2007 after 5 years of working for the City of Calgary, Transportation Department where she learned how to plan transit during a period of intense growth. Being an avid cyclist and transit rider provides the perspective needed to plan the Kamloops transportation network for the future.

Erin will report on transportation efforts right here in Kamloops. The 25-year Transit Future Plan is currently in development and residents are invited to visit the Transit Future Bus during the last week of September to provide feedback for the plan. Erin will also update us on progress with the Kamloops Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans. She will touch on the City's coming update to the overall Transportation Plan as part of the Official Community Plan process coming up in 2012. These plans are shaping our transportation network for the future, to make sure we have a variety of ways to get around town.

* Parking is free in the evenings and of course TRU is easily accessible by transit, bicycle and walking!
* Free Admission. Everyone is welcome!