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Press Release

August 9, 2010

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or

Susan Zielinski to Speak at Michigan Municipal League Convention
Sept. 21-24 in Dearborn

Susan Zielinski, Managing Director of the University of Michigan SMART Program, is the most recent addition to an all-star lineup of speakers planned for the Michigan Municipal League’s 112th Annual Convention, Sept. 21-24 in Dearborn. Susan will discuss the “mobility challenge” and the five themes for building sustainable transportation systems now and into the future.

Susan Zielinski joined the “Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research and Transformation" (SMART) program in 1994.  The program is a project of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.  The SMART program undertakes research, demonstration projects, education and global learning exchange on a range of issues related to the future of transportation.

As a transportation planner for the City of Toronto, Susan worked for over 15 years developing and leading transportation and liveability policies and initiatives. She has advised on a range of local, national, and international initiatives, including the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Transport Canada’s Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, the Gridlock Panel of the Ontario Smart Growth Initiative, the OECD’s Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Project, the King of Sweden’s jury of the Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities, and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT).

Susan was also a longtime board member of Canada’s Center for Sustainable Transportation and a founding board member of the Green Tourism Association.  Before joining SMART, Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Canada-wide “link tank” that works to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development, an integrated industry approach developed at MTE.

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