ENVR E-174: Sustainability in Transportation

In this course we focus on the role of transportation in the US economy, as well as what advancements are occurring on a global level that could help shape the face of passenger and goods transport in the near future. While course lectures and assigned readings help provide a general overview of the various modes of transportation— air, land, and ocean; the primary context comes from a practitioner's point of view within the on-highway, heavy commercial transportation, and logistics industry. From a sustainability perspective, the nexus of energy consumption, vehicle emissions, and air quality is explored to understand the impact of internal combustion engine technology on current supply chains and how emerging technologies can be utilized to dramatically improve results. Looking beyond the powertrain, we explore how shifts in consumer buying habits are reshaping distribution networks and what infrastructure barriers exist that will have to be addressed to recognize the greatest efficiency from the deployment of advanced technologies. Finally, we examine the role that regulatory actions have played on historical performance standards at the state and federal level, and how future standards could be utilized to advance sustainability across the value chain.


Scott Perry







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