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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

Getting Around: Innovative Collegiate Shared-Use Mobility Programs

Posted July 23, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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This blog was penned by a colleague in our Urban Solutions Group: Dylan Anslow, a MAP Fellow and Stanford University student. ZipCar’s signature bright green stickers have become ubiquitous on America’s college campuses. On my campus, the day you check your PO Box and find your...continued

Why Reliable Data Matters for Active Transportation

Posted July 1, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Bikes parked outside Union Station in Washington, D.C. The following is a guest post by Janie Nham: It is clear that active transportation modes like bicycling and walking have gained momentum in the past several years. Yet even as...continued

Maryland: The Old Line State, Holding the Line on Carbon Pollution

Posted June 24, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Solving Global Warming

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Maryland's beautiful state capitol building in Annapolis As readers of this blog know well, this month EPA unveiled its new Clean Power Plan, as explained by EPA Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate Joe Goffman in this cool little video....continued

A Bipartisan Bid to Boost the Gas Tax

Posted June 20, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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MARC train in Odenton, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Ryan Stavely. Yes, you read that headline right. Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and getting...continued

Taking the Train (or Bus), With Our Kids, to Energy Independence

Posted June 16, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Riding the rails with a kid is just plain fun. I love it when my daughter joins me on my commute to work, or even better when we go downtown to see a museum with friends. Suddenly the journey...continued

Moving Ahead: An Incrementalist Senate Transportation Law

Posted May 15, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in U.S. Law and Policy

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Spanning just an hour, a work session of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) held a work session this morning culminated in passage of a cornerstone piece of transportation law reauthorization. The new bill, simply titled “MAP-21 Reauthorization...continued

Advancing Effective Government: The Administration Takes on Infrastructure Permitting

Posted May 14, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in U.S. Law and Policy

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Construction in Maryland, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons by Thisisbossi Yesterday I spent part of the afternoon discussing infrastructure permitting as part of “Infrastructure Week,” at the National Association of Manufacturers, with a particular focus on Philip K. Howard’s...continued

Transportation Secretary Foxx's Bill to GROW AMERICA

Posted May 7, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, taken by Jerry Huddleston For the first time, the Obama Administration has set detailed terms for legislating by developing a blueprint for a new four-year transportation policy. Last week, Transportation Secretary Foxx rolled out the GROW...continued

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

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