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Multimodal transportation systems topic of Oct. 13 discussion

RELEASED: Oct. 4, 2011

Eierman
Dr. Bob Eierman

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Bob Eierman, a founding member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Clean Commute Initiative, will discuss the movement toward a multimodal transportation system at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in Room 15 in the basement of Oak Ridge Hall.

Eierman will present "Being a Cyclist in a Car-centric Land" as part of Trash Talks, a lecture series hosted by Housing and Residence Life's office of sustainability. Eierman will discuss the movement toward a more sustainable multimodal transportation system on campus in the city of Eau Claire and throughout the United States.

"Early in the 20th century, the automobile took over the American transportation scene and captured the psyche of the country," Eierman said. "For better and worse, we have created an amazing car-centric place here in the United States. To venture out on foot or a bicycle here is an adventure and a challenge."

Eierman will share information on some model cities in Europe and the United States where a switch to more multimodal transportation has successfully been accomplished.

"The city of Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire have made some efforts toward becoming multimodal," Eierman said. "I will present an update on what has been done and give some ideas about things that we should consider for the future."

Eierman, chair of the city of Eau Claire Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission, bikes or walks five miles round trip to work each day. A UW-Eau Claire chemistry faculty member for 25 years, he now is the director of the university's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Housing Sustainability

Trash Talks discussions are open to students, faculty, staff and the community.

Housing will host Trash Talks on various environmental sustainability issues from 7-8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month through April 2012 in the Commons Room of the Towers North residence hall.

For a list of talks, go to the Housing and Residence Life's sustainability website.

For details about this event or sustainability initiatives in Housing and Residence Life, contact Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, at 715-836-2505 or HousingSustainCoordinator@uwec.edu.

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