TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) congratulates its Board Member, Sarah Buckle, on being named a 2018 Clean50 Leader for her work in sustainability.

“Mobility in Canada is entering a profound period of transformation and Sarah Buckle has been leading that transformation TransLink and at CUTRIC,” says CUTRIC’s Executive Director & C.E.O, Dr. Josipa Petrunic. “She is a leader in sustainability initiatives, and we are elated she’s being recognized nationally for that leadership as a Clean50 Award recipient.”

Buckle is TransLink’s Director of Enterprise Risk and Sustainability. The Clean50 Award is recognition of her work over the past two years in leading TransLink’s Low Carbon Fleet Strategy that will transition the 1400 transit vehicles to new zero and low-carbon technologies. As part of this initiative, she led the transit agency’s participation in the global-first in electric transit, CUTRIC’s Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial -- a $40 million effort designed to bring a wide variety of manufacturers, utilities, research organizations, municipalities and transit agencies together to standardize systems and infrastructure across the industry and the country.  The first transit system to participate in this trial is TransLink with Buckle leading the initiative for her agency.  Other transit systems in the project include Brampton Transit and York Region Transit.

“Sarah is a champion of new mobility,” says Petrunic. “She has positioned the Metro Vancouver region as a global leader within the electric transit innovation landscape, and her efforts are contributing to the active standardization of electric bus technologies for zero-emissions transit mobility nationally.”

“We are thrilled to have her working with CUTRIC on this Canadian-made solution for low-carbon smart mobility,” Petrunic states.

For more information on the Canada's Clean50, please visit www.clean50.com

CUTRIC is a member-based innovation consortium that partners stakeholders in industry, transit and academia to develop the next-generation of low-carbon smart mobility technologies. Its mandate is to drive forward innovation in transportation across Canada, create jobs by doing so, and lead to significant GHG reductions.

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