In just a few days, 500 TDM professionals will be gathering in New Orleans, for ACT's International Conference.  The conference promises to be an information and networking filled four days with presentations from over 120 speakers.  Many thanks to the volunteers that have helped pull together what is promising to be a fabulous event. Special thanks to Connie McGee from Enterprise Rideshare and Maureen Farrell from GVF for serving as this year's conference chairs.

I would also like to remind you to take 10 minutes to provide input into the development of a new Transportation Demand Management Professional (TDM Professional) certification.  The job analysis survey will help ACT explore the feasibility of a certification examination and to provide the framework for future TDM Professional examinations.  The survey closes August 18th.  

This month's newsletter features a look back at ACT's 2016 40 Under 40 recipients as we prepare to recognize our 2017 honorees at the TDM Forum in October, a sneak peak in the planning of this year's International Conference, a recap of Cascade, and much more.

I look forward to seeing many of you in New Orleans!
Best regards,

David Straus
Executive Director
40 Under 40: Looking Backward and Forward
Nominations for the 2017 ACT 40 Under 40 Awards have now closed, and we are excitedly looking forward to recognizing strong, creative TDM leaders at the TDM Forum, October 17-18. This prestigious award recognizes younger professionals who are developing and managing TDM programs that are shifting behavior and creating long-lasting change within their communities and organizations.

Last year's group of nominees have now had a year to reflect on the experience of being recognized, so we reached out to a few of them to hear their thoughts.  Kevin Chau, Rideshare Manager at Enterprise Rideshare said, "I was very honored to be recognized as a 40 Under 40 Award recipient by ACT. Working to positively impact the lives of commuters is personally rewarding and ACT's recognition helps keep me motivated." 

For Erin Burke, Associate Manager at Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, the award made a real difference in her feeling about TDM...

  How to Build a Conference: Behind the Scenes Peek at ACT NOLA 
For most attendees at ACT's International Conference, the event is an exciting whirlwind of activity that takes place over several days each summer. But before the first ACT member checks into the hotel,
there is nearly a year of work behind the scenes to make sure everything is ready for all that learning, networking, and fun. 

Casey Murphy, ACT Events and Programs Manager, leads planning activities for ACT's International Conference (along with our TDM Forum and Public Policy Summit) and works closely with a group of hard-working volunteer members to ensure all attendees have a great experience.

This year's event would not be possible without Conference Committee members Kim Comstock, Kathy Molin, Craig Cotton, David McMaster, Julie Bond, Co-chairs Connie McGee and Maureen Farrell, and many other individuals. The group has participated in weekly conference call meetings since January

Chapter & Council News
Cascade Chapter: Panel Discussion
On May 25th, the Cascade Chapter hosted a learning event panel discussion in
downtown Seattle at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The panelists were
leaders from private organizations where at least part of their mission focuses on decreasing downtown Seattle drive alone mode share. Panelists included Matthew Combe from the  Seattle 2030 District , Mamie Marcuss from Challenge Seattle , Bree Moore from the Gates Foundation and Jonathan Hopkins from Commute Seattle .  Each brought a different perspective to the conversation.
  • Mr. Combe talked about how new buildings can be constructed to support mode split goals and how existing buildings need to be part of the solution too because they account for so much square footage. 
  • Ms. Marcuss represented Challenge Seattle, which is a coalition of business leaders who have identified transportation as a key issue for the Puget Sound and is focusing on the technology side of the solution set.
  • Bree Moore presented a case study of the Gates Foundation's excellent and successful employee transportation program.
  • Mr. Hopkins talked about Commute Seattle's role as the downtown's transportation management association (TMA), their progress toward their mode split targets, and the role of partnerships.
  The panel was moderated by Kim Becklund, Senior Project Manager at King County Metro.

Vanpool Council: Interview with Green Commuter (Not Your Mother's Vanpool)
By Jamila Owens, Communications Workgroup Vanpool Council, Association for Commuter Transportation
If asked under cover of darkness and with a promise of anonymity, most vanpool program managers will admit that "the more things change, the more they stay the same" has never been truer than when applied to vanpool.  People load the van, get low gas mileage, and schlep themselves and their belongings far across town in the name of reducing congestion and improving air quality. The van sits, gathering dust while they work.  Then at the end of the day, they do it again...this time in reverse, day in, day out, with very little change since the 1970's when the whole concept got started, that is, until now.  The industry recently welcomed its newest participant, California start-up Green Commuter. Their program model is causing fascinating (and sleek) disruptions in the vanpool industry.
ACT's Vanpool Council recently connected with Green Commuter's Director of Grants and Partnerships Leslie Graham to learn more. 
ACT: For all of those who don't know, what is Green Commuter?
Leslie:  Green Commuter is a minority-woman-owned small business and benefit corporation. It has developed an innovative mobility system that uses a fleet of 100% zero-emission vehicles to provide a combined service of vanpool, car sharing, and fleet replacement. As a tech-savvy mobility service provider, our goal at Green Commuter is to help alleviate traffic, mitigate air pollution, and reduce the cost of commuting for everyday people.
 To support adoption of electric vehicles in general and to prepare for deployment of our zero-emission vehicle services, our company also provides turnkey solutions to workplaces, multi-family buildings, and municipalities to install electric vehicles charging stations at their sites.
ACT: Would you explain a little bit about how your vanpool service works and what kind of vehicles you offer?
Leslie: In some ways, our vanpool service operates much as traditional vanpool always has in that we lease the vehicles to a driver or a group on a monthly basis for their commuting needs

Getting to Know . . . Marissa Barrera, The World Bank Group

Marissa Barrera is a Program Officer at The World Bank Group and is deeply involved in providing commuter services for a large staff. We reached out to ask about her thoughts on TDM and the future.

1. What brought you to the TDM field?
The World Bank Group's (WBG) General Services Department (GSD) provides commuting options to over 8,000 staff in Washington DC. I manage the Commuter Services unit, and our services include:

a. Parking for four- and two-wheelers in WBG owned buildings
b. Incentivize staff to use public transportation through the Metrochek program
c. Inter-building shuttle bus services for easier staff movement between buildings
d. Locker and shower facilities to cyclists
e. The Bike Buddy program which encourages staff to commute to work with a colleague.
f. Ride Sharing programs including Car2Go, Capital Bike Share, and ZipCar with negotiated membership rates
g. Ground transportation for offsite events

Welcome New Members!
We are pleased to welcome the newest members to the ACT family!

Kathleen Baireuther 
Rocky Mountain Institute
Otis Bell
Old Dominion University
Joel Bush
Charles Dicks
Rocky Mountain Institute
Naimah Dye
Erin Fieberling
Megan Gribble
Old Dominion University

Semia Hackett
Prince George's County Dept. of Public Works & Transportation
Mackenzie Jarvis
Fairfax County Dept. of Transportation
John Kennedy
Movability Austin
Ross Macdonald
Vermont Agency of Transportation
Clark Martinson
Energy Corridor Management District
Greg Rodriguez
Best Best & Krieger
Tiffany Seeney
Devra Selenis
Sacramento Regional Transit District
Tina Smith
Metropolitan Water Dist. of Southern California
Kendall Tiffany
Transit Services of Frederick County
Tim Wilke
Central Maryland Regional Transit
Stan Williams
Clarksville Metro Planning Organization
Felicia Woodruff
Rohrer Enterprises Inc.

ACT is a community of professionals working to advance transportation options for commuters and improve the economic competitiveness of the cities, regions, and businesses they serve.  Encourage your colleagues to join; the larger our community the greater our impact!