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San Mateo Hosts Taste and Talk Speaker Series

The speaker series will focus on ways sustainable streets can shape the San Mateo community.

Credit: Sustainable Streets San Mateo
Credit: Sustainable Streets San Mateo
San Mateo will kick off its “Taste and Talk” next week at Draper University to continue the city's efforts in becoming more sustainable.

TEDx speaker, Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, will speak from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, in the first of four public forums that will provide the San Mateo community with an opportunity to share its thoughts and ideas on sustainable transportation.   
  
Tumlin brings his TEDx lecture, “Sex, Neuroscience and the City,” to San Mateo to explore how cities across the country are making the most efficient use of limited transportation resources while addressing job creation, public health, and establishing equity and happiness goals.

His concepts aim to help audiences better understand the broader movement towards sustainable communities. He also encourages everyday citizens to collaborate with elected officials to define and implement the values that are most reflective of a community’s quality of life, social equity, and ecological goals.
   
San Mateo’s “Taste and Talk” Speaker Series is part of the Sustainable Streets Plan, a long-term vision to re-engineer transportation throughout the San Mateo community – making it accessible, safe, and more sustainable for those using all modes of transit including walking, driving, biking and public transit. 

In addition to the “Taste and Talk” Speaker Series, public workshops will be scheduled throughout 2014 to further engage the community in meaningful discussions that will help to inform future policies and the development of a multi-modal transportation system that balances transit and accessibility goals with sustainability and quality of life objectives.

Speakers for first quarter of 2014 for the “Taste and Talk” Speaker Series are scheduled through April. The series will be held in Downtown San Mateo at either Draper University or the San Mateo Main Library.

Upcoming presentations, in addition to the Jan. 9 event, include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 6 - The Key to Complete Streets: How to Unlock its Powers
  • Wednesday, March 5 - Greening the Street Involves More Than New Trees
  • Thursday, April 10 - Completing the Transportation Network by Seeing the Bigger Picture. 
 
Attendees will enjoy an opportunity to mingle with presenters and meet other community members sharing similar concerns; each forum will close with a question and answer session.  

Funding for the “Taste and Talk” Series is provided by Caltrans.  

The events are FREE to attend, but space is limited.  Please visit www.sustainablestreetssanmateo.com to register or for more information about the “Taste and Talk” Speaker Series and the Sustainable Streets Plan.

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