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Thomas Abdallah, Deputy VP & Chief Envr. Engineer for MTA shares how cities can combat the effects of climate change & limit pollution in mass transit.

When: 10/28/2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: MTA
2 Broadway
New York City
United States
Presenter: Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, Deputy Vice President & Chief Environmental Engineer for MTA
Contact: 6469260348

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Mass transit is a high impact sustainable solution for cities to combat the effects of global climate change, limit pollution, and reduce the use of fossil fuels. These networks move millions of people each day and take them out of cars, and into trains, light rail or buses, reducing emissions and greenhouse gasses. Mass transportation networks are becoming more sustainable in operations, design, and maintenance. Many are looking at ways to reduce their emissions and carbon footprint.

Over the last decade, many sustainability initiatives were built into mass transit infrastructure, facilities, and vehicles. Thomas Abdallah’s presentation will examine many of these initiatives including energy efficiency and storage, renewable energy, green infrastructure, materials conservation, and ecological conservation. Many of these sustainability initiatives were designed to maximize energy efficiency, improve indoor environments, use recycled and reusable materials, achieve waste-reduction by diverting construction and demolition debris from landfills, prevent pollution, conserve water, save natural resources, and adapt to climate change.




$15 - Members

$25 - Non-members

$35 - At the door


(Student ISSP Members - Please email us for a discount code)




6:00-7:30pm — Presentation, Q&A

7:30-8:00pm — Networking


Join us for a compelling presentation and networking with sustainability professionals!



Thomas Abdallah


 Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, is the Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer at the MTA. He has over 32 years’ experience in the environmental engineering and transportation field and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Sustainability Management graduate program.

Abdallah is the author of Sustainable Mass Transit: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation. The book looks at different types of public mass transit systems, including heavy and light rail systems, and bus networks. It also closely examines the environmental mitigation measures that reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts.