MONTPELIER, VT – October 10, 2016 – In an effort to support smart city solutions in India, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, with funding from the U.S. Department of State, is sending American transportation expert, Mr. Richard Hall, to select cities within India from October 16-25.
Mr. Hall will meet with state and city government officials, stakeholders, and Indian urban development experts to learn about their current work on making India’s urban transportation networks and systems balanced on place. As a practicing transportation engineer, professionally registered in 22 U.S. states, Mr. Hall is experienced in planning, design and regulatory issues of the transportation field. This wealth of experience will furnish his advice on designing context-based mobility for smart, safe cities.
The goal of the exchange is to develop long-lasting professional relationships between Indian and American experts that will accelerate smart city solutions in India. Three experts have already participated in the exchange – meeting on water, air quality and green city technology. One more expert is anticipated to make the trip in December 2016.
“Although each city and community requires a unique balance of transportation networks and systems, the exchange of practices and experience helps to increase the mobility for smart cities across the world,” said Mr. Hall. “This tour emphasizes the importance of communicating with one another on Urban Mobility planning and design, so we can move towards finding solutions to difficult sustainability challenges.”
Mr. Hall is celebrating 20 years as President of Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc. Since becoming a consultant in 1980, after nine years with Florida Department of Transportation, Mr. Hall has worked on a variety of projects, to include urban transportation plans, traffic impact studies, hurricane evacuation planning, level of service analysis and walkability/complete street design.
As a Knight Community Building Fellow in the initial class of this University of Miami program, he has helped to produce research in street design for walkable communities with new street classifications serving pedestrian oriented neighborhoods.
Mr. Hall received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering at Virginia Tech.
He will be visiting Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad, and Vizag as part of the exchange.
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About the Institute for Sustainable Communities
An international nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has 25 years of practical experience working with local leaders to accelerate climate change and sustainability solutions. ISC’s programs are designed to facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. ISC has led more than 100 projects in 30 countries, and currently works in China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and the United States. Learn more at sustain.org