01/07/2009

SmartWay Program Goes Global

Action for sustainable transportation is especially important now, as
accelerating urbanization, population growth, globalization, and demographic
shifts reinforce transportation and development patterns that threaten climate,
environment, biodiversity, energy security, social equity, productivity, urban
economies, and the quality of our lives. Recognizing the complexity of the
challenge and the sophistication of the innovation required, SMART (Sustainable
Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation) takes a systems approach to
urban mobility and accessibility. They work with local and international
partners from diverse sectors and disciplines to understand and develop new
theoretical perspectives, and to generate practical, innovative solutions that
tell a holistic and hopeful story for the future of city regions and the people
in them.

Australia, France, Japan, and New Zealand are now among countries establishing
or strengthening similar programs to US-American SmartWay. Additionally, with
the volume of international trade, they are working to adopt a more consistent
approach worldwide to measuring and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions from
the global supply chain.


Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership currently has
more than 1,200 U.S. partners who are on track to save about 540 million
gallons of diesel fuel and greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
smog-forming chemicals.

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