Urban areas that are designed to shape and enable new mobility—by rethinking streets, parking, and more—can lower emissions, enhance health, and improve equity. Experimentation is key to best realize the potential of new mobility while avoiding negative and unintended consequences. Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI’s) recent report, Cities Designed to…
Ben Holland is a Senior Associate on RMI’s Mobility team initiative in Austin, Texas, where he is working to advance urban design and land use solutions that will facilitate a global transition from personally owned vehicles to electric and autonomous mobility services. Ben works directly with RMI’s partners at the City of Austin, as well as a wide of community and industry stakeholders. He previously managed Project Get Ready, a multi-city collaborative focused on electric vehicle policy and infrastructure solutions.
Before RMI, Ben was the Director of Deployment Policy and Strategy at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), where he led efforts to advance electric vehicle adoption in the organization’s deployment communities.
M.S., Business Analytics, University of Colorado
B.A., English, James Madison University
With the arrival of the automobile, our cities began a century-long process of transformation through design practices that prioritize the use of personal vehicles. Cities widened once-walkable and vibrant streets into traffic arterials; they displaced entire neighborhoods to make way for highways; and they replaced countless acres of natural ecologies…
In spring of 2018, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) conducted a “curb access” pilot aimed at improving the safety and user experience of accessing new mobility services. The pilot took place at the corner of West 6th Street and Nueces Street, at the edge of…
In late March, two rivals that have battled for market share in a competitive industry for nearly a century announced an unexpected partnership to blend their respective market strengths and gain an advantage in a landscape that is fundamentally changing. We are not talking about a telecom or…
Electric vehicles need to be sold even faster, at lower costs, and in more places for Reinventing Fire’s vision of an oil-free transportation system by 2050 in the U.S. to become reality. For this to happen, three major challenges need to be overcome.
Introducing Drivers of Change, a new column from Verge and Rocky Mountain Institute focused on the intersection of cities, transportation, and innovative technologies.
“Big data” is the buzzword du jour in the energy efficiency world. That’s right, “smart grid” is losing its title as the little understood, least agreed upon term that everyone loves to use. But that is not to say that such concepts are without merit. In fact, one would be foolish to discount their importance.
For the past few years, the costs of solar photovoltaic panels and hardware have seen significant declines, and that’s expected to continue. Great news for fans of solar!