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Rob Perks, Transportation Advocacy Director, Washington, D.C.

Rob Perks
On NRDC’s Transportation Team, I run our campaigns at the federal and state levels advocating for policies that will decrease our dependence on oil, create jobs and promote greater transportation choices that will improve mobility and access for all, while helping us breathe cleaner air and cut global warming pollution. I joined NRDC’s staff over a decade ago, and as an unabashed generalist I’ve utilized my extensive campaign and communications experience on a wide range of environmental issues. Over the course of my 20-plus year environmental career, I’ve have had the privilege of working for many outstanding state, regional and national organizations. I’m proud to be fighting the good fight at NRDC alongside the best and brightest experts and advocates in the field. I graduated from The College of William & Mary in Virginia and earned my M.S. in environmental policy at The University of Montana. I live in Rockville, MD and enjoy not driving to work thanks to public transit.

Recent Posts

NRDC and allies strike back against environmental assault by North Carolina lawmakers

Posted March 20, 2014 by Rob Perks in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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What's the matter with North Carolina? There are countless stories about how the new crop of lawmakers in Raleigh -- led by the Republican majority in the state legislature and the governor's mansion -- have over the past year launched an...continued

The Tussle Over Transit in the Triangle

Posted November 15, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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I recently returned from a transportation conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on the economic benefits of building a light rail system to connect the Triangle region (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). The event -- dubbed the "Transit Makes $ense" summit -- was organized...continued

Happy Birthday, Gas Tax!

Posted October 1, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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It's been a while since I've ranted about a regular topic: the federal fuel tax. Time to bust out another "boost the gas tax" blog because on this day 20 years ago the gas tax rose from from 14.1 cents to 18.4...continued

Put down the keys, step away from the vehicle

Posted September 16, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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"The idea of pushing a ton of metal to move 200 pounds of flesh is just insanely inefficient. This doesn't even account for the energy used in maintaining the infrastructure and building the roads; It is an inherently stupid way...continued

New NRDC study: Commuters can save money and cut pollution

Posted July 17, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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My friend Megan, who lives in a suburban neighborhood a few miles from my home, took a new job last year and, lo and behold, her office is right next door to mine in downtown Washington, D.C. I remarked that...continued

Time to Pump Up Transit

Posted June 19, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Dump the pump. Save money. Ride transit. That's the message for Dump the Pump Day tomorrow, an annual event promoted by our friends at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) -- of which NRDC is a proud partner. On this day people who...continued

Foxx is a friend of transit

Posted May 2, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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On Monday the Obama administration announced the president's pick to take over from Ray Lahood as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The nominee is Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, who is an excellent choice -- and also a proponent of...continued

'Accessibility' trumps traffic

Posted April 30, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Lately, I've been on a bit of a tear writing about traffic congestion and its impact on commuting. For instance, titles of some of my recent blogs include: Less funding, more traffic Transportation Triple Threat: Bad Roads, Worse Traffic and...continued

Women and Traffic

Posted April 24, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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This is not a blog about women drivers, I swear. That stereotype is ridiculous.  Just ask anyone in my family and they'll tell you that my lovely wife is a much better driver than I am.  I admit it, they're right. ...continued

America needs clean transportation, not just clean cars

Posted April 19, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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The Obama administration has taken historic strides to reduce America's dependence on oil, most notably by raising automobile fuel standards to 54.5 miles-per-gallon last year. Considering that the transportation sector consumes a whopping 71% of petroleum in the U.S., clean cars are a must. More recently, President Obama proposed...continued

Meet America's Mega-Commuters

Posted March 12, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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In a recent blog post I mentioned the phenomenon of extreme or "mega-commuters" -- the nearly 600,000 U.S. workers who travel at least 90 minutes and 50 miles to work every day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey.  I just...continued

Walkable communities are healthier communities

Posted March 11, 2013 by Rob Perks in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Walk more, live better. That's according to a 10-year study just published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, which found that: for every local shop, residents' physical activity increased an extra 5-6 minutes of walking per week for every recreational facility...continued

Commuting in America

Posted March 5, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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My daily commute to downtown D.C. from the Maryland 'burbs takes about 45 minutes, but fortunately I don't have to drive to work. Living a short walk from a transit station and a straight-shot Metro train ride to within a few blocks of my...continued

Goosing the gas tax

Posted March 5, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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"We've run out money, now we have to think."  -- Winston Churchill California has done it. Wyoming just did it. New Hampshire is poised to do it too. And Minnesota is looking to do it again. Those states realize that declining...continued

Ohioans deserve and demand transportation choices

Posted February 21, 2013 by Rob Perks in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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The Ohio state legislature is in the midst of debating Governor Kasich's proposed $6.1 billion budget for transportation. Unfortunately, the budget is heavily tilted towards road funding, with a little more than 1 percent slated for public transportation. This is disappointing...continued

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