Tomorrow @ 3pm CDT – Reopening Our Cities – “E-Delivery Challenges in Reopening Our Cities”

NUTC Asynchronous Virtual Roundtable | Reopening Our Cities 3
“E-Delivery Challenges in Reopening Our Cities”

Cities are resilient. They adjust and adapt, but remain the center of economic, social and cultural activity. The virtual cloud is no substitute. As life resumes cautiously in most parts of the country, individual mobility levels are returning to pre-COVID levels. What challenges lie ahead for e-delivery and e-fulfillment processes as cities reopen?

Please join NUTC on Thursday, July 23rd at 3pm CDT for the third in our ‘Reopening Our Cities’ series of asynchronous virtual roundtables (AVR), “E-Delivery Challenges in Reopening Our Cities,” co-hosted with Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. This AVR moderated by NUTC’s director, Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, will feature Mike Brennan of Farmer’s Fridge, Vignesh Ganapathy of Postmates Inc., and Susan Sweat of FedEx Express.

NUTC’s new Reopening Our Cities AVRs feature transportation industry professionals working toward the safe and strategic reopening of cities and regional economies. Join us Thursday by clicking the Zoom link below.

“E-Delivery Challenges in Reopening Our Cities”
NUTC AVR Cities 3:  Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 @ 3:00pm CDT

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Featured Speakers:

Mike Brennan is at Farmer’s Fridge and an investor/advisor for multiple last mile food companies. Previously, he was COO at Peapod, an online grocer, for 19 years. As COO worked across functional areas evolving the business model as the company grew $800 million sales. Prior to joining Peapod, Mike was a Principal at the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, where he focused on business and marketing strategy for transportation companies. Prior to A.T. Kearney, Mike was at Procter & Gamble. Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

 Vignesh Ganapathy is an advocate who believes in intersectional action to drive systems change. He currently serves as Head of Government Relations with Postmates, an on-demand logistics and delivery company, focused on the future of work, privacy, robotics, mobility, and how tech intersects with our communities. Additionally, Vignesh serves on the board of Loud Light, an organization driving youth progressive action in Kansas through voter engagement and outreach, and Count Us IN, a nonprofit dedicated to voter engagement in Indiana. Through 2018, Vignesh headed policy and the racial justice project for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas, building a community-focused civil rights agenda in the Midwest.

 Hani S. Mahmassani, NUTC Director and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation at Northwestern University, will moderate this asynchronous virtual roundtable. Dr. Mahmassani brings over 35 years of research, academic and professional experience in transportation systems analysis, network modeling, urban transportation, and logistics systems

 Susan Sweat is VP, Operations Planning & Engineering at the FedEx Express World Headquarters in Memphis, TN, where she has been responsible for the planning of Domestic PUD and Hub Operations since June 2015. She previously held VP roles in Customer Experience and Compliance, as well as Pickup and Delivery Operations, and is a five-time recipient of the FedEx Five Star Award, the company’s highest employee achievement award. Susan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Louisville and an MBA from Dowling College. She currently serves on the Executive Council of FedExFamilyHouse, a home away from home for out-of-town families receiving treatment at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, is a member of IAWA (International Aviation Women’s Association) and Co-Chairs the Express Women’s Network and the Asia Network.

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EPA Proposes to Retain the Ozone Standard

On July 13, 2020, EPA proposed to retain, without changes, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone. Please use the link below to read the pre-publication version of the proposal and a summary fact sheet. EPA will accept comment on this proposed decision for 45 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the latest issue of the FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights is now available.

Highlights May-June 2020

The Highlights provide the latest news and information on transportation related air quality and sustainability activities, including information on transportation conformity, resiliency, and other related activities.

Items of interest in this issue include:

  • FHWA released the updated CMAQ Emission Reductions Calculator: Managed Lane Facilities and Conversions Tool
  • FHWA announced a call for projects testing air pollution dispersion modeling

Past issues of the Air Quality and Conformity Highlights are available at:

Past issues of the Sustainable Transport Newsletter are available at:

Today’s Federal Register – DFW TCM Substitution Notice

On December 12, 2019, the NCTCOG Regional Transportation Council adopted a resolution to substitute SIP-approved IH 35E/IH 635 HOV lane TCMs for traffic signalization project TCMs to offset any NOx and VOC emission reduction credits lost by removing these corridors from HOV lane usage and keep equivalent emission reduction controls in place. EPA’s Notice of Administrative Change (NOAC) has been published in today’s Federal Register to complete the TCM substitution process. The substitution is already in effect with issuance of EPA’s February 21, 2020 concurrence letters to NCTCOG & TCEQ, today’s NOAC revises the approved Texas SIP under 40 CFR 52 to reflect the substitution.

The published NOAC can be found at: