Oakland 2007

Oakland 2007

Meeting of the Minds 2007

Oakland, CA
September 13-14, 2007

The 2007 Meeting of the Minds convened in Oakland (California, USA) with Toyota as lead sponsor.

Introduction

This Meeting of the Minds brings together two largely disconnected worlds that many now think need to be more closely engaged and integrated: those of us working to create greener cities, and those of us working to improve urban transportation.

A central question for our deliberations is this: “What city designs, urban vehicles, fuels and transportation strategies do we need if our future urban centers are to become environmentally sound and more sustainable?”

Meeting of the Minds is our opportunity to help shape a brighter future of more sustainable cities and vehicles. We want to encourage you to share your practical experience and to engage new ideas – particularly ones that can help cities reduce their carbon footprint, ease traffic congestion, and stimulate growth that is both smarter and greener.

During these two days we meet at the intersection of energy alternatives, urban design, architecture, transportation planning and environmentally sustainable cities. Our central theme is linking the new vehicles and new urban designs and new transport policies.

We know that innovative technologies, better policies, smarter urban designs and cleaner fuels can remake our automobiles, redesign our transit systems and reshape cities.

Meeting of the Minds will make a difference if the convened leaders – from urban planning, transportation, and design, drawn from business, government, NGOs, and academia – can find common ground and a shared vision.

With the help of Toyota Motor Sales, the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley is convening this Meeting with one core purpose in mind: to identify the key research and policy challenges that must be overcome if we’re to create more sustainable cities.

Meeting of the Minds is made possible by the generous support of these organizations:
Toyota
Cisco
Shell
The Kresge Foundation
Oracle
IBM
Qualcomm
Living Cities
EY's Global Cleantech Center
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Barr Foundation
Rock Ventures
Ford Foundation
Itron
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service
The New Economy Initiative
DTE Energy
Michigan Economic Development Board (MEDC)
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy