Congressman John Garamendi

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Garamendi Congratulates UC Davis on New National Transportation Center

September 24, 2013
Press Release

WALNUT GROVE, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today congratulated UC Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies on being selected in a national competition to lead a new two-year, $11.2 million research consortium for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The newly created National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) will receive funding through a $5.6 million grant from the U.S. DOT and $5.6 million in matching funds from state, regional, and local agencies. The NCST will use the money to assert national leadership in reducing carbon emissions from transportation systems while supporting climate adaptation activities and continued mitigation of air pollution and other environmental impacts.

“UC Davis is a recognized leader in cutting edge research to reduce the harmful effects of climate change. This is the second big federal grant in a week for this research at Davis, following the $1.5 million ARPA-E grant to convert ethylene to a liquid fuel, and I couldn’t be happier for the researchers, administrators, and students involved,” Garamendi said. “So long as I’m in Congress, UC Davis will have a committed partner and ally in Washington fighting for the campus and its remarkable work.”

“The goal of the National Center is to transform the transportation system to improve environmental sustainability nationwide," said Dan Sperling, Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and the new national center’s Executive Director. "We aim to provide leadership that produces meaningful action by mobilizing innovative research teams and partnering with influential stakeholders.” 

More information on the NCST and UC Davis’s Institute for Transportation Studies is available here.

Earlier this year on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Garamendi commended UC Davis for their work in combating climate change. Click here for video and click here for text of that speech.