The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced “Clean Transportation: the Adirondack ON-RAMP,” a virtual summit on clean transportation — a key ingredient to the state’s low-carbon future.
“Clean Transportation: the Adirondack ON-RAMP,” will focus on topics including EV infrastructure, public transportation and commercial vehicles, as well strategies and policies for making clean transportation more accessible for residents and communities in northern New York.
The virtual event will include seven one- to two-hour sessions over five days: Tuesday, September 29th to Friday, October 2nd with a closing session on Monday, October 5th. The summit was originally scheduled as a two-day in-person event for April 2020, but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is invited to register online.
The 11-day World University Games will be based in the Village of Lake Placid, which, along with the greater Olympic Region, was awarded a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in December 2019. The multi-sport event provides an opportunity for the region to demonstrate its commitment to environmentally sustainable development, including a low-carbon transit system to serve over 2,400 athletes and their spectators during the Games — as well as the transportation needs of residents, businesses and visitors into the future.
The CLCPA, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law in June 2019, sets specific targets for reducing carbon emissions and adopting clean energy technologies statewide. The State has pledged to eliminate net GHG emissions by 2050 and to transition its electricity generation to renewable and carbon-free energy sources.
ON-RAMP will convene organizers of the 2023 Games, community stakeholders, New York State and Quebec Government policymakers, financial institutions, Canadian equipment manufacturers and energy producers and others with the goal of ensuring a low-carbon transportation system for the Games and beyond. Participants will work together to begin developing an EV implementation roadmap for the region, informed by the goals of the CLCPA and other State programs.
Two community needs sessions, led by a team from Clarkson University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Institute for a Sustainable Environment, will focus on specific transportation challenges North Country communities face and the solutions they envision. These sessions are free, open to the public, and will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 29th, from 6 to 8 pm and Friday, October 2nd, from noon to 1 pm. Individuals who would like to attend the public sessions and are not attending ON-RAMP may register separately with a link provided on the ON-RAMP registration page.
The cost for ON-RAMP is $95 for general registration and $75 for ANCA members. Contact ANCA Membership & Events Coordinator Alexis Subra at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about student discounts.