Pilot for Equitable Electric Mobility
Greater access to new electric mobility technologies requires reduction in economic barriers to EV ownership and transportation services. Communities need to proactively plan for transportation technologies to improve the lives of low-income communities while lowering emissions, increasing transit use, and reducing congestion.
Dr. Bruce Race will discuss the National Science Foundation funded "Pilot for Equitable Electric Mobility" project in southwest Houston employing a collaborative process with community and commercial technology partners with an overall aim to leverage early Electric Vehicle (EV) adopter regional markets to accelerate equitable development of accessible fast charging infrastructure and EV ownership for low income families. The novelty of the project lies in a community-driven participatory approach that integrates both social and technical dimensions bringing transformational change to EV ownership and electrification of smart public transportation.
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Race, FAIA, FAICP
Professor of Architecture | Director, Center for Sustainability and Resilience, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design
Bruce Race, FAIA, FAICP, PhD joined the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture as Director of University of Houston’s Center for Sustainability and Resilience (CeSAR). CeSAR seeks to understand the critical relationships between society, its technological advances, and the corresponding impact on the environment, both locally and globally. CeSAR is positioned as an interdisciplinary crossroads on the UH campus with a focus on collaboration with community and university partners. Dr. Race is the PI for two energy and detention-positive mixed-use projects in Houston, including the first mixed-use town center for Habitat for Humanity in the United States.
Dr. Race is also a PI and Co-PI on interdisciplinary NSF funded research focused on energy, transportation, and resilience. Dr. Race is the principal and founder of RACESTUDIO and is responsible for all aspects of project planning, design and delivery. Since founding RACESTUDIO in Berkeley, CA in 1994, his projects have received 33 design and planning awards. He is one of very few planning and design professionals in the United States that have been elected to fellowship by both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). Dr. Race represents the College on the UH Deans of Research Committee, is a UH Energy Fellow, and a 2018 50in5 Scholar.