THE Climate ACTion Summit Agenda

Tuesday, April 4th

Location: INDUSTRY, 545 Kentucky Ave | Indianapolis, IN 

8:00 - 8:45am

Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00am

Welcome Address

David Straus, Executive Director, Association for Commuter Transportation

David McMaster, President, ACT Board of Directors

9:00 - 9:50am

Integrating Transportation into your Climate Action Strategy
Learn from sustainability leaders across the public, private, and higher education sectors about how they're integrating TDM into their climate action strategies. We will discuss tactical strategies, inter-departmental and inter-organizational partnerships, lessons learned, and potential opportunities for further growth that can help you leverage TDM to meet your organization's sustainability goals.

Alex Crowley, Director, Economic & Sustainable Development Department, City of Bloomington, IN

10:00 - 10:50am

Decarbonizing Transportation and Decreasing Congestion Debate
Ben Holland,
Manager, Urban Transformation, Rocky Mountain Institute
Jeff Allen,
Executive Director, Forth 

11:00 - 12:00pm

Maximizing Federal Programs to Advance Sustainable Transportation Initiatives
With record funding levels and new federal programs like Carbon Reduction and the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program included within the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, there is significant opportunity to support increased investments in sustainable transportation initiatives within state DOTs and MPOs.  This panel of DOT and MPO leaders will share how their agencies are guiding these new resources to achieve climate action goals.

Matt Meservy, Director, Long Range Planning Division, Tennessee Department of Transportation

12:00 - 1:00pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 3:15pm

Facilitated Discussion Groups

The afternoon will feature simultaneous discussion groups, facilitated by subject matter experts on a variety of important challenges facing our industry to reduce the climate impacts of individual transportation choices. The goal of identifying new actions for eliminating mobile source emissions. Each table will have 10-12 attendees participating in in-depth conversation for 45 minutes. Three discussion sessions will be held so that new groups are formed and new insights/ideas are shared. Each session will include a note taker to gather major themes and ideas being discussed to be shared later with the entire group and compiled by ACT after the event as a resource document. Topics may include:

  • Transitioning shuttle fleets
  • Building public support
  • Efficient eMobility – not cars
  • Creating equitable transportation
  • Back to Basics – walking & biking
  • How to strengthen commuter transportation impacts in corporate emission reporting
  • What are the policy opportunities for action at the federal and state level
  • The role of city DOTs
  • The opportunity for MPOs
  • Adaptation and resiliency
  • Role of managed lanes and pricing
  • Influencing the development of your state's Carbon Reduction Program Plan to support the use of TDM
  • Eliminating parking minimums
3:15 - 4:00pm

Recap of Discussion Groups

4:00 - 5:00pm

Networking Reception


Wednesday, April 5th

Location: JW Marriott Indianapolis, 10 S West Street | White River Room A & B

8:00 - 8:45am

Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 10:00am

Transitioning Your Fleet from Carbon Based Fuels
Join forward thinking organizations, agencies, operators, and employers that are leading the charge, transitioning their fleets away from carbon based fuels.  Our expert panelists will discuss effective strategies, important partnerships, lessons learned, and potential funding opportunities that can help advance the adoption of clean fleets for your community and campus.

Cheryl Purefoy, Deputy Chief Operating Officier, IndyGo
Andy Jefferson, Sr. Director of Transportation, Genentech

10:30 -1:30pm

Indy Electrification Tour*
IndyGo (The largest transportation provider in Indiana) will be hosting a FREE tour to event participants that will give them a behind the scenes look at how an all-electric bus rapid transit (BRT) system is transforming the way residents commute in Indianapolis.
The tour will include transportation from the hotel to the IndyGo headquarters followed by a tour of the facility and an infrastructure overview. The group will then head out on the Red Line BRT to experience the line in action. While traveling on the Red Line, the group will also make a stop at the route's inductive charging station. The tour will conclude with transportation being provided back to the hotel. 

*Maximum of 25 participants for this tour. If interested, please check off yes for the tour on your registration form.