Incoming Transportation Research Board Chair Vicki Arroyo leads discussion on resilience, sustainability, and path forward

October 10, 2018

On Tuesday, October 9, GCC Executive Director and incoming Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee Chair Vicki Arroyo led a panel discussion and stakeholder conversation on resilience and sustainability at the 2018 Transportation Resilience Innovations Summit and Exchange (RISE) conference in Denver, Colorado. 

Leaders of the Transportation Research Board's Sustainability and Resilience Task Force shared the committee's recommendations today at the RISE conference in Denver. L-R: Susanne DesRoches, City of NY; Josh DeFlorio, Port Authority of NY & NJ; Steven Cliff, California Air Resources Board; and Vicki Arroyo, Georgetown Climate Center.

Pictured (left to right) of the TRB Resilience and Sustainability Taskforce: Susanne DesRoches, City of New York; Josh DeFlorio, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Steven Cliff, California Air Resources Board; and Vicki Arroyo, Georgetown Climate Center.

A panel of leaders from the TRB's Resilience and Sustainability Task Force engaged stakeholders and government officials in conversation around TRB's efforts to strategically integrate resilience and sustainability into its research and external engagement. Task Force leaders shared personal stories about climate impacts like extreme weather and fire events, shared the Task Force's recommendations, and discussed ways to integrate GHG emissions reduction strategies and resilience strategies into TRB's work. Professor Arroyo was joined on the panel by work group leads Steve Cliff, California Air Resources Board; Josh DeFlorio, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and Susanne DesRoches, City of New York.

Arroyo chaired TRB's Resilience and Sustainability Taskforce, and come January 2019, she will begin her tenure as Chair of TRB's Executive Committee, which oversees the organization.

Arroyo currently serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, and will continue this position through the end of the year. Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), will succeed her as Vice Chair. Their one-year terms begin on Jan. 16, 2019.

"I am honored to be chosen to chair the TRB's Executive Committee," said Professor Arroyo. "The TRB brings an extraordinary range of transportation expertise and interests to the toughest, most important challenges this country is facing, from modernizing our infrastructure to tackling greenhouse gas pollution. In particular, I look forward to working with Leslie Richards and other state leaders, Neil Pedersen, and TRB's wonderful staff and volunteers to promote sustainability, resilience, and equity during my tenure."

About the Transportation Research Board

A program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Transportation Research Board's mission is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal. The TRB Executive Committee is composed of approximately 25 members that serve as the senior policy body of the organization. Executive Committee members are appointed by the Chair of the National Research Council, and are selected to provide balanced representation of transportation modes, academic disciplines, private and public sectors, levels of government, and geographical regions.

Read the full announcement from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.