UC Riverside Part of National Sustainable Transportation Center

Center, funded with $11.2 million, will focus on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and preparing for climate change

Matt Barth standing in front of CE-CERT

Matthew Barth, director of CE-CERT and a professor of electrical engineering.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Researchers from the University of California, Riverside will be part of a new national sustainable transportation research center that will be funded with $11.2 million in federal, state and local money.

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation, which will be based at the University of California, Davis, will help the U.S. Department of Transportation reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from passenger and freight travel, and prepare U.S. transportation infrastructure from the implications of climate change.

UC Riverside’s effort will be led by the Bourns College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). In addition to UC Davis and UC Riverside, the National Center for Sustainable Transportation consortium members are the University of Southern California, California State University, Long Beach, University of Vermont, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

This research grant will help support students and faculty conducting transportation research at UC Riverside. The funding will cover student fellowships, dissertation grants, transportation courses, workshops, and faculty research grants. The primary focus of the research will be to make transportation more sustainable in terms of energy, the environment, economics, and policy.

Several of the leading-edge transportation research programs at CE-CERT will benefit, including research in Eco-Friendly Intelligent Transportation Systems, emissions and alternative fuels, sustainable energy, and electric-drive vehicles. In addition, other transportation research projects on campus will be tied in.

CE-CERT Director Matthew Barth will lead this effort at UC Riverside as the national center’s associate director.

“I’m excited by this new national transportation center—not only will it bring together researchers among the consortium universities, but it will also support organized transportation research across several UCR departments,” Barth said.

The national center, which will be led by Susan Handy, director of the UC Davis Urban Land Use and Transportation Center, will:

  • mobilize a network of universities to generate knowledge and tools that address climate change and environmental sustainability in transportation;
  • design and evaluate real-world strategies that contribute to mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts; and
  • deliver knowledge and tools to state transportation departments, metropolitan planning organizations and local governments to support implementation of these real-world strategies.

The national center will receive $5.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $5.6 million in matching funds from state, regional and local agencies. In California, Caltrans, the California Air Resources Board, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District have committed to providing funds.

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