ARB Research Seminar

This page updated July 23, 2013

Two Billion Cars! (Is This Sustainable?)

Photo of Daniel Sperling, Ph.D.

Daniel Sperling, Ph.D., Board Member, California Air Resources Board and Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

March 19, 2009
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA



The world is headed toward two billion vehicles...

Is this sustainable?

Not without transforming vehicles, fuels, and mobility—not only in the United States, but virtually everywhere in the world. The roots of the problem will be examined:

- resistant auto industry
- dysfunctional oil markets
- shortsighted government policies
- unmotivated consumers

Dr. Sperling will focus on the role of innovation and policy in bringing about low carbon fuels, electric-drive vehicles, socially-responsible behavior, enhanced mobility services, and low-carbon cities.

Speaker Biography

Daniel Sperling, Ph.D., is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and interim Director of the Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California, Davis. In February 2007 Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dr. Sperling to the 'automotive engineering' seat on the California Air Resources Board.  Dr. Sperling is author or editor of 200 papers and reports and 11 books, has served on 11 National Academies committees, was selected as a National Associate of the National Academies, and chairs the Future of Mobility committee of the (Davos) World Economic Forum.  Dr. Sperling has testified 11 times to the U.S. Congress and California Legislature on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology.  Professor Sperling earned his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (with minors in Economics and Energy & Resources) and his B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Urban Planning from Cornell University. Dr.Sperling worked two years as an environmental planner for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two years as an urban planner in the Peace Corps in Honduras.

For a complete listing of the ARB Research Seminars and the related documentation
for the seminars please view the Main Seminars web page