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Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C.

Deron Lovaas

I'm the Federal Transportation Policy Director for NRDC and have worked at the intersection of transportation, energy and environmental policy for 20 years. While here I have been chief strategist for advancing bipartisan oil savings legislation as well as renewal of the nation's transportation law (in 2005, and right now). Prior to my decade at NRDC I had the privilege of working, among other places, for the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club and Maryland's Department of Environment. I am a graduate of the University of Virginia who grew up as a foreign service kid in nations including Honduras, Panama and Niger.

Recent Posts

Driving Into an Age of Increasing Oil Freedom

Posted April 9, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Photo by Nayu Kim, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons We are living in exciting times when it comes to the nation’s oil and energy dependence. You could call this era the age of increasing oil freedom. From the mid-1980s to...continued

Measuring Suburban Sprawl

Posted April 2, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Growth is good. Or so we've always been taught. But what if growth is poorly managed, so that it creates serious problems too? In an urban context, that's what we call sprawl. Photo courtesy of USDA Solving sprawl requires alignment of rules...continued

Universities Leading the Way to Our Transportation Future

Posted February 5, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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This week I trekked up to Philadelphia to speak to a graduate design class at the University of Pennsylvania about a project of theirs, namely delivering greenhouse-gas-reducing policy recommendations to their client, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). DVRPC...continued

Discovering a New Housing Future in Columbus

Posted January 21, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Choosing a home is one of the most important decisions we face in the United States. Rent or buy? Large or small? Yard or not? Location – urban, suburban, rural? Demographics and economics drive these decisions, not just individually but...continued

Moving America Beyond Oil: A Brief Year-End Progress Report

Posted January 3, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Note: This entry is cross-posted on the Transport Beyond Oil blog. Five years ago I was defending a new report sponsored by NRDC, EDF, various government agencies and foundations, as well as the American Public Transportation Association, the Intelligent Transportation...continued

Preparing Our Metros for a Stormy Future

Posted October 22, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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“If a business wastes its resources on non-results, by and large it loses its own money. In a non-profit institution, though, it’s somebody else’s money – the donor’s money…So, this [performance measurement] is an area that needs special emphasis...continued

Highway Robbery: Shutdown Holding Up Transportation Projects

Posted October 8, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in U.S. Law and Policy

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While I disagree with most of the awful proposals about so-called “streamlining” of transportation project reviews from Congress, I’ve always said there are some good ideas for reducing project-delivery times. One is better long-range planning and scenario-building so community members...continued

Leading the Sustainability Pack: Portland, Of Course

Posted October 3, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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I am one of many longtime fans of Portland. I love the walkable streets of downtown, love the light rail that goes to the airport (PDX!), love the parks such the rose garden overlooking the city, and of course I...continued

Creating and Sending Ideas: Mouzon's Masterful Guide to New Media

Posted September 30, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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NRDC Communications Intern Adiel Kaplan knows how to use lots of new media effectively I just finished reading Steve Mouzon’s New Media for Designers and Builders, which was no mean feat since it spans nearly 200 pages and is rich...continued

Anxiety in an Age of Accountability

Posted September 13, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Thanks to increasingly powerful means of collecting and crunching “big data” and more and  more technologies and techniques that allow for effective communication we could be heading into a golden age for citizen involvement with government.  This is good news...continued

Moving Off the Roads: PIRG Piles Up More Evidence of Peak Traffic

Posted August 29, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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As I've written, I'm proud of my home state of Maryland and its clear commitment to delivering transportation choices other than driving to its citizens, for the sake of quality of life and the environment. However, here as elsewhere I...continued

Preparing for a Stormy Future: Obama's Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

Posted August 22, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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“Hurricane Sandy was the worst disaster for public transit (e.g., bus, subway, commuter rail) in the nation’s history.” - Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy As my colleague Rob Moore wrote about this week, multiple Obama Administration agencies released the remarkably...continued

The Can-Do State: Maryland Tackles Climate Change

Posted August 6, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in Solving Global Warming

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My friend Robert Puentes has started a drumbeat on Twitter with the hashtag #CanDoStates about states moving ahead on transportation in contrast to a federal government stuck in partisan doldrums. I’m proud to say that my little home state of...continued

Seriously, Get on the Bus! New Analysis Shows Fiscal, Environmental Benefits of Buses

Posted August 1, 2013 by Deron Lovaas

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As I’ve written (here, here and here, for starters) it’s high time buses received more attention and investment in this country. Everyone loves to talk about other modes – especially bikes and trains – as the sine qua non for energy-efficient, livable...continued

Oh, The Places You Won't Go: House Drops Housing + Transportation Bill

Posted July 31, 2013 by Deron Lovaas in U.S. Law and Policy

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Word’s now out that the House of Representatives has pulled the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and other agencies bill from consideration. They couldn’t get the votes together for it, which is probably just as well since it was a...continued

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