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Safe-D Researcher Dr. Ralph Buehler (VT) Presents at tjSTAR

Safe-D Researcher Ralph Buehler (VT) presented at the 2019 Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research (tjSTAR) on sustainable transport. tjSTAR was held at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA on May 28-29, 2019.

The Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research (tjSTAR), is an annual, day-long symposium that is an opportunity to share Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) student research projects and learn about future research opportunities at TJ and in potential careers. tjSTAR also serves as a way for students to inspire each other with new ideas for study, to obtain feedback from peers, and to involve alumni and community partners in our academic programs. In addition to student presentations, a variety of other activities, including speakers, and panel/debate with outside experts, interactive experiment stations, and a research career fair are part of the culminating experience.

Dr. Buehler presented on and discussed sustainable transport with the students. After introducing the concept of sustainability, he led the student attendees to apply the concept to urban transport. Dr. Buehler used a case study from his research about sustainable transport in Vienna Austria to bring the concepts to life. Between 1993 and 2015, Vienna reduced the car share of daily trips by 13 percentage points, more than any other large (1 million+) European city. Most trips were shifted to public transport and bicycling – making the urban transport system more sustainable. Dr. Buehler’s presentation at tjSTAR highlighted the political process and policies implemented.

You can read more about Dr. Buehler’s research presented at tjSTAR in his recent publication:

Buehler, R., Pucher, J., Altshuler, A. 2017. “Vienna’s Path to Sustainable Transport,“ International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Vol. 11, No. 4, 257-271.