Where to Next?
Fossil-Free Transportation in a Pandemic and Beyond

July 22, 2020

Moderator:

Emily Nonko is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. Her writing covers real estate, architecture, urbanism, design, transit, history, and the ways climate change will affect New York. She is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Next City, and Curbed New York.

 

Panelists:

 

Vanessa Barrios conducts research and outreach on projects related to affordable homes, community engagement, and equitable economic development in the region. Vanessa spearheads the Health Regions Planning Exchange, an RPA-led initiative that convenes a network of planners, practitioners, and advocates from 11 regions across the country to address health and equity in planning. Prior to joining RPA in 2016, she worked as a case manager, housing navigator, and outreach worker at People Assisting the Homeless in the Greater Los Angeles area. Vanessa currently resides in Brooklyn where she enjoys tending to her small but mighty windowsill garden.

 

Dulcie Canton is a Brooklyn organizer for Transportation Alternatives, which works to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile and advocates for better bicycling, walking, and public transit for all New Yorkers. She works on bike safety outreach and organizes cyclists to build support for bike lanes, increased bicycle ridership, and Transportation Alternatives’ “Vision Zero” mission.

 

Allison Considine is the NY Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club’s “Clean Transportation for All Campaign.” Leading the Club’s work for a just and equitable transition to a decarbonized transportation system, she focuses on electrifying vehicles and securing greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the transportation sector across the state alongside a team of volunteers and staff. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, she was an organizer with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, supporting nurses across the country in unionizing their workplaces. Currently living in Brooklyn, she is passionate about cycling, public transit, and building a powerful movement to confront the climate crisis.
Renae Reynolds is the Transportation Planner for the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, a citywide membership network linking grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice. Renae is the coordinator of ElectrifyNY, a statewide coalition focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in New York’s public transit and municipal fleets. As a member of the Fix the Subway campaign, she was part of the coalition that won passage of the nation’s first ever congestion pricing plan. Renae’s advocacy addresses the transportation sector’s historical negative impacts on environmental justice communities and seeks to ensure that those most burdened by those effects are first to benefit from clean transportation.