GreenFest Transportation Forum - With WalkBoston

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Boston City Hall Plaza - EcoTent
Fully accessible

Boston City Hall Plaza - EcoTent

Friday, August 17th
11 - 11:55 AM

This forum will look at where we are currently in our transportation services and how we are sharing the road with bikes and pedestrians. It will also attempt to grapple with some innovative questions about where we would like to see transportation head. What is the most efficient way to move from point A to point B? How do our transit systems allow us to be creative about our future? We ask the panelists to share their vision for transportation tomorrow and discuss plans and actions we are setting in motion today to get us there.


Roy Deitchman
AMTRAK,VP Environmental Health and Safety

Andrew Brennan
MBTA, Director of Environmental Affairs

Rachel Szakmary
City of Boston, Transportation Planner

David Loutzenheiser
MAPC, Transportation Planner

Wendy Landman
Walk Boston, Executive Director


Jacki Wilkins
Massport Sustainability Program Manager

Panelists' Bios

Roy Deitchman

Roy Deitchman is the Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety at Amtrak in Washington, DC. His department is responsible for environmental management, system safety, emergency planning and public health matters throughout the Amtrak national rail system. Previously, he worked in the telecommunications industry for 22 years in occupational health and safety, environmental management and law at Bell Laboratories, NYNEX and Bellcore. He has also worked for Cal/OSHA and the University of Connecticut Institute of Water Resources. Roy has a B.S. degree in earth science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master's degree from the Yale University School of Forestry, a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a law degree from New York Law School.

Rachel Szakmary

Originally from Long Island, New York, Rachel Szakmary has been in Boston since her studies for a Masters degree in Urban Planning at Boston University. Prior to joining the City's Transportation Planning Team,she taught for the city of Newton, worked in historic preservation in Somerville, assisted as a planning intern for Boston Parks and Recreation Planning, helped with the COB's Urban Mechanics Policy Program, served as communications aide for Mayor Thomas Menino, performed research for the MBTA Advisory Board, and did climate work with the British Consulate General-Boston. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication in Advertising and a minor in Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 where she played varsity lacrosse.

David Loutzenheiser

David Loutzenheiser champions a growing number of projects and plans to bring cycling and walking transportation into the forefront of sustainability in the region. He is currently working to develop a greenway system vision for the metro Boston region. He is developing bicycle and pedestrian plans for 12 municipalities within MAPC through the Sustainable Communities program. He is involved in several trail development projects, particularly the Aqueduct trail system, and other regional trail planning efforts.

Wendy Landman

Executive Director of WalkBoston, Wendy Landman is a leading advocate for the benefits of walking for transportation, health, the environment, and vibrant communities. She has 25 years of experience in urban planning, spanning all modes of transportation, as well as master planning, smart growth, and environmental review. WalkBoston's initiatives include a Community Safe Routes to School program.

Any questions or suggestions, please contact the Transportation Forum Coordinator.