Media Advisory - 2008 Youth Summit on Sustainable Urban Transportation



    VANCOUVER, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Opening plenary of 2008 Canadian Urban Transit
Association (CUTA) Youth Summit on Sustainable Urban Transportation

    
    Who:      CUTA Chair, Steve New & Keynote speaker Gil Penalosa, CEO Walk
              & Bike for Life

    Where:    Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 182, University of
              British Columbia, Vancouver

    When:     Thursday August 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm to 8:30pm
    

    CUTA's 2008 Youth Summit on Sustainable Urban Transportation will be held
at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from August 21 to 25, 2008.
    Building on the success of the three previous events in 2002, 2004 and
2006, the goal of the 2008 Summit is to link youth from Canada to discuss and
discover the role of sustainable transportation as the solution to urban
sustainability, while building leadership skills through action on sustainable
transportation initiatives.
    The Youth Summit aims to create sustainable transportation ambassadors.
The Summit will encourage young Canadians to embrace sustainable
transportation initiatives already underway in Canada and learn from
successful Canadian examples that could be implemented locally.
    The event will be attended by 80 action-inspired youth between the ages
of 17 and 25 from different regions across Canada.

    
    Youth participants will have a better understanding of:
    -   Sustainable transportation;
    -   Actions they can take to promote clean air and reduce climate change;
    -   Concrete examples of actions a community can take to encourage
        sustainable transportation practices;
    -   Land-use and transit planning, the decision making process and how to
        influence these decisions;
    -   The role of governments and non-governmental organizations in
        determining the future and how to become involved;
    

    To ensure youth participants leave with the conviction that they can and
should make a difference and that they have the tools required to begin taking
action in their community.

    CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems,
suppliers to industry, government agencies, individuals and related
organizations in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Martin Lajoie, Public Affairs Coordinator,
CUTA, on-site in Vancouver, (613) 601-3563 (cell), www.cutaactu.ca

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