URI energy lecture series concludes April 23 with discussion of energy in transportation

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KINGSTON, R.I. – April 18, 2008 – The final speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s Energy Lecture Series is Mark Therrien, assistant general manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, who will discuss “Opportunities for Energy Conservation in Transportation” on Wednesday, April 23.

Sponsored by the URI Partnership for Energy, the lecture begins at 4 p.m. in Atrium 2 of the Memorial Union on the URI Kingston campus. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

About 28 percent of the energy used in Rhode Island goes to move people and goods throughout the state. Transportation accounts for about 37 percent of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions, beating out all other emission sources including electricity. Rhode Island’s public transportation system can play a vital role in creating a healthier state but it is an uphill battle.

Therrien’s lecture will outline the challenges and opportunities Rhode Island faces in developing efficient transportation systems, including encouraging bigger investments in transit, cleaner operating cars, and cleaner fuels.

RIPTA is a quasi-public agency established in 1966 and authorized to operate public transit services throughout Rhode Island. With a 2007 budget of $86.5 million, it carries 25 million passengers and serves 38 communities in the state, making 3,300 daily trips on 58 fixed bus routes.

For additional information about the lecture series, contact Marion Gold at 401-874-5705 or visit www.uri.edu/cels/ceoc/.