Freight and Sustainability Forum Set

Panel discussions will focus on economic and job prospects, traffic impacts, pollution and environmental impacts and land use planning

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — On May 12, the University of California, Riverside will host a discussion with the freight industry officials, government planning leaders, community advocates and sustainability researchers on the future of goods movement in the Inland Empire.

The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). It will include four panel discussions relating to economic and job prospects, traffic impacts, pollution and environmental impacts and land use planning.

“As freight transportation continues to grow, it will play and increasing role in shaping the economy, the environment, and our communities,” said Matthew Barth, director of CE-CERT. “This forum is designed to engage industry, community and regulators to illuminate where research can help identify how we can enhance livability in the Inland Empire without impeding the growing goods movement.”

Topics the panels will discuss include:

Economic & Job Impacts: What are the positive and negative economic impacts of increasing goods movement in our region? What research is needed to understand and mitigate these impacts?

Traffic Impacts: How will increasing warehouses and freight movement into the region affect traffic? What research and policy questions need to be answered to understand and mitigate these impacts?

Pollution & Environmental impacts: What are the pollution impacts of increasing warehousing and freight movement in the region? What is the needed research to understand how to mitigate these impacts?

Urban Form/Land Use: How will increasing warehouses change our landscape? What opportunities are there for communities and industry to work together? What are the land use tradeoffs of having a large warehousing footprint?

The forum is being organized by the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) at UC Davis and CE-CERT at UC Riverside, in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UC Riverside, Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, Caltrans and the Southern California Association of Governments. NCST, UCR, UC Davis and Caltrans are co-sponsoring the event.

Registration is now open at The cost is $30, and includes breakfast and lunch.

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