Helping a University of Michigan venture that is working toward finding viable transportation options in Detroit and Beijing, China, the Alcoa Foundation has issued a $250,000 grant to the Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation (SMART) project. The grant is part of an ongoing, $4 million Alcoa program to fund projects around the world that are focused on the topic of sustainability.
SMART is a collaboration that brings together the school’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), which are collaborating on finding solutions to a vexing problem that is common to these disparate cities. The goal is to find answers that can be applied in other regions which, according to SMART’s program director, is essential.
“Sustainable transportation is especially important today becausue accelerated urbanization, population growth, and globalization pose a range of challenges,” says Susan Zielinski, “including environmental ones. These issues make it critical to develop smart and practical transportation solutions that will sustain our cities, our climate, and our environment now and in the future.”
Read more about this Alcoa grant in a press release from the University of Michigan News Service.