North America Rail Sustainability Webinar

29 September 2021

This Online round table webinar will convene the North America Rail Community on the topic of environmental sustainability.

Sustainability leaders will share their innovative approaches and plans to transform the railways and the mobility system.

You will be able to hear about best practices and share thoughts and challenges for this agenda in the region.


The webinar will take place from 9.30 to 12.00 (US Central Time) on 29 September 2021.


Introduction and Welcome 15"
Marie Plaud-Lombard - UIC Director of Communications and Coordinator for the North America region
Barbara Barr – Chair of the UIC North America region

Key Note Speech 15"
Dr. Maryam Allahyar Wyrick - Director, Office of Research, Development, and Technology, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Global Vision for Rail 15"
Lucie Anderton, UIC Head of Sustainability Unit

Coffee Break 10"

Best Practice Roundtable - Presentations on initiatives and plans 60"
Moderator: Lucie Anderton

  • VIARail’s new sustainability plan and reducing waste on board 10"
  • Françoise Granda Desjardins - Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Mobility, Via Rail
  • AMTRAK Climate change vulnerability assessment work and GHG emission reduction strategy 10"
  • Beth Termini, Assistant Vice President, Public Health, Environment & Sustainability, Amtrak
  • Sustainable Development and rail in Mexico 10"
  • Balmodero Garza, General Director of Studies, Statistics and the Mexican Railway Registry
  • Rail Pathways Initiative & Rail Decarbonization in Canada 10"
  • Ben Chursinoff, Policy Analyst and Program Coordinator, Railway Association of Canada
  • BNSF Railway 10"
  • Nathan Loftice - Planning and Business Sustainability

Interactive panel discussion and Q&A session 20"

Feedback and interest in future sessions 5"
Online poll

Closing remarks 5"
Barbara Barr - Chair of the UIC North America region



North America Rail Sustainability 29 Sept_Slide deck

Deck of slides of North America Rail Sustainability webinar, 29 September 2021

- PDF - 9.1 Mb



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