Transportation Panel Discussion pertaining to Climate Change

//Transportation Panel Discussion pertaining to Climate Change

Transportation Panel Discussion pertaining to Climate Change


COEUR D’ALENE, ID.-  Did you know that northern Idaho is only at 69% of normal snowpack this year?  Even though you may be sick of shoveling snow at your house, our mountains are still in a snow drought.  Additionally, the Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures.


What can you do to make a difference? In 2010, the U.S. transportation sector accounted for 27% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, with cars and trucks accounting for 65% of that total. Because of its near-total dependence on petroleum fuels, the U.S. transportation sector is responsible for about a third of our country’s climate-changing emissions. How can the Coeur d’Alene area improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health & safety?


Join us on Thursday February 23rd at 6:30pm at NIC in the student union building upstairs in the Blue Creek and Echo Bay rooms.  A panel of experts in the transportation and health sectors will be on hand to help facilitate a discussion about our local impacts on the environment and things we as individuals can do to help.


The moderator for the event is Mac Cavasar who is a retired USDA Rural Development Director and has served on the board of the Centennial Trail Foundation and Kootenai County Area Transportation Advisory Committee.  He presently serves on the Trail of the Coeur d’ Alene Commission and the City of Coeur d’Alene Pedestrian and Bike Advisory Committee.


Our Panel Members include:

  • Todd C. Hoopman, MD – North Idaho Lung & Asthma Critical Care

Dr. Hoopman received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A & M University, College Station, in 1995.  He earned his medical degree in 1999 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas where he also conducted his internship, residency and fellowship.  Dr. Hoopman is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in addition to being board certified in the subspecialties of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.


  • Rhonda Young, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Gonzaga University

Rhonda Young is an associate professor in the Department Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University.  She has been in academics since 2002 with a previous position at the University of Wyoming.  Throughout her career, she has taught various graduate and undergraduate classes in Traffic Operations, Transportation Planning, Transportation Design and Traffic Safety.  She completed her master and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington and undergraduate degree from Oregon State University.  Her research has a rural focus and includes projects in the planning, safety, and intelligent transportation areas.


  • Chris Bosley, PE, Coeur d’Alene City Engineer

Chris Bosley, P.E. has a civil engineering background that includes design of urban streets, interstate highways, roundabouts, traffic calming and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. He has nearly 20 years of experience in transportation planning and design with an emphasis on non-motorized transportation. Chris has served as a Complete Streets instructor for North Carolina DOT staff and has been a conference presenter on topics such as Complete Streets, Placemaking, traffic calming, bicycle facility design, and accessible design. Most of his career has been working for private consultants, working on public transportation projects, but currently is the City Engineer for the City of Coeur d’Alene.



Please join us for this event Sponsored by Climate Action CdA, a program of Kootenai Environmental Alliance. 


For more information call or email:

Sharon Bosley

KEA office: 667-9093


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