SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack North Country Association has scheduled a two-day summit to launch the development of a clean transportation roadmap for the region.
The event, “Clean Transportation: the Adirondack ON-RAMP,” will address topics related to electric vehicle infrastructure, public transportation and commercial vehicles, as well strategies and policies for making clean transportation more accessible for residents and communities in northern New York.
ON-RAMP will include a keynote address on clean transportation as a driver of economic development, plenary and breakout sessions, and the opportunity to test drive electric vehicles as part of National Grid’s Ride and Drive Program.
“We’re thrilled with the growing momentum around clean transportation at State and local levels,” said Jerrod Bley, ANCA Clean Energy Program Director. “ANCA is committed to bringing stakeholder interests to the table as we transition to a low-carbon future. This gathering of experts will help provide a holistic plan for our region’s transportation system moving forward.”
Bley cited the 2023 World University Games as a motivating factor for holding the summit. The 11-day World University Games will be based in the Village of Lake Placid, which, along with the greater Olympic Region, was awarded a gold Leadership in Energy and Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in December 2019. The multi-sport event provides an opportunity for the region to demonstrate its commitment to environmentally sustainable development, including a low-carbon transit system to serve over 2,400 athletes and their spectators during the games, as well as the transportation needs of residents, businesses and visitors into the future.
“The Adirondack region has made significant strides with electric vehicle technologies over the last several years, but we have work to do to catch up with opportunities available in more densely populated areas,” said James McKenna, chief executive officer of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.
Data collected for the 2013 North Country Sustainability Plan indicate that transportation accounts for 42 percent of the North Country’s energy consumption and 40 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions, with passenger vehicles producing 72 percent of the region’s transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.
Clean transportation has been a growing focus of ANCA’s Clean Energy Program as the economic development nonprofit continues to bring renewable energy programs and opportunities to communities throughout northern New York.
ON-RAMP is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23, at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake. Wednesday’s program will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday morning’s intensive implementation sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration costs $150 per person, with an early bird rate of $130 for those who register by March 1.
ANCA members receive a reduced rate of $120.
For more information about ON-RAMP and to register, visit www.adirondack.org/onramp.