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Author of “Two Billion Cars” to speak at KU School of Engineering

Monday, February 16, 2009

A presentation on the future of automobiles and transportation will be given by Dan Sperling, author of “Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability,” on Wednesday, March 25, in Spahr Engineering Classroom at the University of Kansas.

The presentation, which is sponsored by the KU Transportation Research Institute (KU TRI), is free and open to students, faculty and the public. It begins at 3:30 p.m. in 2 Eaton Hall.

Sperling is a professor of engineering and environmental science and policy at the University of California-Davis and director of UC Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies. He also serves on the California Air Resources Board and chairs the Future of Mobility Council of the Davos World Economic Forum.

Sperling will discuss his book and the prospect of a world that will explode from its current 1 billion cars to 2 billion cars within the next 20 years. He will discuss the risks to the global environment and how some of the worst current offenders – California and China – are taking the lead in developing novel solutions that offer the possibility of a sustainable path forward. With the policies embraced in California and the honest recognition of the problems in China, “Two Billion Cars” contends there really is reason for hope in the drive for sustainability. Sperling, as a renowned expert on transportation issues, recently discussed the book on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Refreshments will be served after the presentation in the Locke Atrium of Eaton Hall.

For more information, call Ian Cahir, communications coordinator, at 785-864-2936.

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