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Conference Closing David L. Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory T he conference chair, David Greene, began his as demonstrated by the remarks of representatives from closing remarks by summarizing the concept of the automotive industry, the Federal Highway Adminis- sustainability as "meeting the needs of the cur- tration, and state departments of transportation at this rent generation without compromising the needs of conference. Many recognize that the sustainability crisis is future generations." While this may seem like a basic right now and that there is an urgent need to make future concept, achieving sustainability is not a simple task. generations part of the transportation decision-making That the participants of the conference have struggled process. with identifying solutions to sustainability challenges is Dr. Greene thanked the conference participants for not surprising, given the uncertainty and multiple their hard work and for bringing forth their ideas and dimensions of the objective. insights. The conference, through its report, has an Despite the uncertainties, sustainability is compelling opportunity to define the vision of a sustainable trans- and is seen by broad groups as important and right. It is portation system clearly and to identify next steps to no longer only environmentalists who fight for the cause, integrate sustainability into transportation planning. 32