Thursday To-Do: Freight Rail, Climate Change & Traffic Congestion

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In a time when it is impossible to predict the future of our energy and transportation systems, the Ozark Headwaters Group of the Arkansas Sierra Club is proud to host a discussion of the role rail transit can play for improving our freight distribution system. The discussion will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Church (224 North East Avenue) in Fayetteville.

The discussion will be led by Dr. Terry Tremwel, Director, Supply Chain Management Research Center, University of Arkansas, and by Joseph Hughes, Senior Organizer for Go21, an advocacy organization for freight rail.

Those who participate in the discussion will learn about the connections between our opportunities for better environmental management through better efficiencies in our supply chain, and how freight rail can address climate change and our reliance on automobile infrastructure.

About Dr. Terry Tremwel – Dr. Terry Tremwel is the Director of the Supply Chain Management Research Center (SCMRC) at the University of Arkansas. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering. Tremwel leads the SCMRC in its sustainability efforts in renewable energy generation and resource use efficiencies that are applicable to transportation and distribution center environments. This convergence of interests led to several papers on the supply chain in the wind industry. Current research includes supply chain management for renewable energy and consumer packaged goods in China and India. The SCMRC seeks opportunities for active collaboration with companies seeking greater efficiencies throughout their supply chain. Tremwel developed and teaches the first sustainability class taught at the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business.

About Go21 – Growth Options for the 21st Century (Go21) is a national non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to finding solutions to our nation’s increasing freight transportation needs. Go21 unites community leaders and organizations in support of a stronger economy, effective solutions to highway congestion, a cleaner environment, and improved quality of life by advocating increased use of freight railroad transportation.

About Joseph Hughes – Joe Hughes is a Senior Organizer and State Director for Go 21. Joe is responsible for building grassroots organizations in Arizona, Arkansas and Colorado for the advancement of freight rail transportation. Prior to joining Go 21 in 2007, Joe was the Vice President of the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors in Phoenix and lobbied on their behalf. Before that, Joe lobbied on behalf of Arizona’s 13 rural counties and 65 rural communities on transportation issues at the state and federal level. Joe is a recovering local elected official, serving nearly 8 years as a Councilman and Vice-Mayor of the City of Safford.

For more information about the event, contact Matt Petty at (479)871-9212 or matt@mattpetty.org.

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