Future of transportation is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 23


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Future of transportation is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 23

HOUSTON — (Jan. 19, 2018) — Leading experts will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Jan. 23 for a discussion focusing on the future of transportation in the 21st century. The forum will highlight topics such as technological innovation, regulation, consumer preference, supply-chain challenges and demographic transitions and their role in the future of the transportation sector.

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Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Who: Andrew Slaughter, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, will give the morning keynote, and Darran Anderson, director of strategy and innovation at the Texas Department of Transportation, will give the lunch keynote.

Panelists will be Christopher Knittel, director of the CEEPR and the George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics at MIT; Antonio Bento, professor at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy and director of the USC-Price Environmental Initiative; and Michael Moore, regional vice president at Texas Central Partners. Ted Temzelides, professor of economics at Rice and a Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar, will serve as moderator.

Giving welcoming remarks will be Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute and senior director of the institute’s Center for Energy Studies.

What: A forum titled “A Sector in Transition: Transportation in the 21st Century.”

When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Globally, the transportation sector is responsible for just over a quarter of total energy use, according to event organizers. It is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. As a result, the transport sector is burdened with concerns about energy security and environmental sustainability. Volatile energy prices, mounting local air quality concerns in cities around the world and international discussions on reducing carbon dioxide emissions have triggered robust interest in energy transitions across the transport sector, organizers said.

The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1917. A live webcast will be available on the event page.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.


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Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.