UW Programs in Sustainable Transportation





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Published on Apr 24, 2012

Graduates and instructors of the University of Washington sustainable transportation programs give an in-depth look into our online certificate and master's degree programs. Visit the links below to learn more about UW Professional & Continuing Education's programs:

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning and Livable Communities

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Environmental Issues and Impacts

Master of Sustainable Transportation

Video Transcript:
[Alon Bassok] The challenge in thinking about sustainable transportation is that it's a wonderful concept but implementing it becomes very difficult. What happens if we implement toll lanes for cars? That gets us some management and perhaps less people on the road, that gives us some revenue to fix the roads, but at the same time, we might be asking for an undue burden on some individuals in terms of paying those tolls.

[Malva Slachowitz] Planning, traffic engineering, energy use, freight mobility, personal mobility, they're all related and they all play a part in how we get around.

[Ryan Avery] It's something that changes very rapidly we have to update our material every year. You get a very fresh knowledge of what's going on in transportation and sustainability.

[Shawna Holman] I really liked the real world applications. They were projects ranging from keeping a log of what we bought from the local grocery stores so that we could track where each of those products came from and, not just think about how far we traveled to get the food but how far the food traveled to get to us.

[Alon Bassok] My favorite part of the online program is interacting with many people who are both professionals in the field but aren't just in one location.

[Robin Randels] There was, you know, one guy was in Iraq and another person in New Mexico and another transportation, road designer, traffic engineer in North Carolina.

[Alon Bassok] So far the experience with the program has been really rich to hear people from North Carolina or Arizona say, "Hey you Seattle folks! That couldn't possibly work here!"

[Ryan Avery] These students were more interactive in my online class than in some classes or review sessions that I've taught before where you have thirty people in a room and you can't get them to talk and here I had 23 people from all over the country and I couldn't get them to be quiet.

[Robin Randels] I work a fulltime job so this allowed me to leave work a half an hour early, bike home, set up and during the course of the time I could eat dinner or just have it on speakerphone and walk around and do things that I normally need to do.

[Alon Bassok] There's a lot of benefits for students to take the program especially mid-career professionals thinking about the program, this is a unique program, the only one in the country where you get to think all transportation, all the time. It's not an engineering program, or a planning program, or a public affairs program, it is directly focusing on transportation. Everyone walks away with a much deeper understanding of all parts of the transportation system but particularly in thinking of what's coming ahead and what should we be concerned about in the future.

[Malva Slachowitz] Some people who I hope come out of this program will become professionals in a field we will come to know as sustainable transportation.

[Alon Bassok] If you're passionate about transportation this program does an excellent job of discussing what are the best ways for us to move forward as we conceptualize on today and also in framing the challenges of continuing to do what we're currently doing.

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