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You are cordially invited to join transportation experts and sustainability leaders for a lively discussion about our New York City transportation crisis, above and below ground.

The MTA needs close to $40 billion to bring the subway and bus systems into the 21st century.  Congestion pricing could provide a substantial part of the needed funding while reducing congestion and creating a fairer and more equitable toll system. However, this is no easy political task and it lies in the hands of the New York governor and the state legislature during for next year's legislative budget session. Congestion pricing died in Albany 10 years ago, will it pass this time around? 

Read here to learn more about the governor's FixNYC panel's congestion pricing plan from January 2018. 


      Wednesday, November 14th
      6:00 - 8:00pm
      Environmental Defense Fund
      257 Park Avenue South (bet. 20th and 21st St.), 17th Floor
      New York City


      $25 - ISSP Members
      $20 - ISSP Student Members
      $35 - Non-members
      $45 - At door

Join us for an insightful discussion and networking reception with sustainability professionals!


      6:00 - 6:30pm - Reception
      6:30 - 7:30pm - Panel discussion followed by Q&A
      7:30 - 8:00pm - Networking Cocktail Reception

Wines, soft drinks and light refreshments will be offered.


Sam Schwartz, PE President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. He also writes columns on traffic for The New York Daily News and the NY Downtown Express. Previously, he was New York City’s Traffic Commissioner and was the Chief Engineer of the NYC Department of Transportation. He started his transportation career in the late 1960’s as a NYC cabbie and joined the Traffic Department, as a junior engineer, in 1971.

Schwartz’s most recent books, Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars (2015) and No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (2018) lay out a recipe for cities faced with rapid changes in modes, automation, demographic shifts and travelers’ preferences.  He specializes in creative problem-solving for seemingly intractable situations. He is expert at getting people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation. He is also proficient at moving those people who remain in their cars more swiftly and safely.  Schwartz has created many win-win-win situations whereby traffic moves better, pedestrians are safer, and the community gains more sidewalk and green space. He’s been called an Urban Alchemist for making grass grow from asphalt.  Schwartz, often referred to by his nom de plume “Gridlock Sam,” released the word “Gridlock” into the lexicon during the 1980 NYC Transit strike.

Schwartz has been an adjunct professor for 40 years at some of New York City’s most respected colleges and universities including Cooper Union, Long Island University, Hunter College and Brooklyn College. He is active in community affairs and helped found two New York City public schools. He is a board member of the Regional Plan Association and the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Brooklyn College and received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Florida.

Mary Barber  As EDF’s Director, New Jersey Clean Energy, Mary Barber focuses on climate and energy in New Jersey. She works with New Jersey’s Office of Clean Energy, the Board of Public Utilities, and the legislature to advocate for EDF’s clean energy priorities and guide the development of policies related to electric grid resiliency in the post-Sandy era. She is also working to expand renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and implement the finance mechanisms that help fund them.

Before turning her attention to New Jersey, Barber led efforts in New York City to phase out dirty heating oils as part of the successful NYC Clean Heat program, which met its goal of halving soot emissions and led to the city’s cleanest air in over 50 years.

In 2010, Barber launched EDF’s Investor Confidence Project (ICP), a system designed to develop building retrofit opportunities into reliable Investor Ready Energy Efficient™ projects. Prior to joining EDF’s Clean Energy team, Barber was the director of EDF’s NYC Congestion Pricing campaign, a program designed to reduce air pollution, including greenhouse gases, in New York City by decreasing traffic and expanding mass transit.


Isabelle Silverman received her law degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and a Master of Law in Environmental Law from Pace University, School of Law. After working as an associate in the environmental litigation department at McDermott, Will & Emery’s, she made the switch to the non-profit world by joining INFORM Inc. and then in 2003, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). At EDF she has been successfully spearheading clean air projects for New York City such as the phase-out,  retrofitting, and accelerated replacement of highly polluting heating oils in old, polluting school buses. Silverman’s current New York City projects include congestion pricing and energy retrofit mandates for large buildings.

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November 14, 2018 3:00 PM   through   5:00 PM PT
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