Events & Media: David Raney

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



"Transportation of People and Goods:
Lessons from our Past and Discussion of Meaningful Pathways Toward Future Mobility"
Presentation slides

David Raney
Founder and President, Raney Associates

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, 11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"This talk is for anyone who drives a car! Local consultant David Raney will share insights about historical and modern transportation, and address the risks and challenges of transportation that depends on fossil fuels. He will also explore how we can break through current technology and policy barriers to realize a more sustainable future." Satie Airamé, speaker host

Personal mobility and transportation of goods benefit local and global economies and productivity, but also contribute to global greenhouse gas emissions and increase public health risks. The conflict between economic growth and mitigation of negative environmental and societal consequences continues, with no clear consensus-based political resolution on the horizon. Consideration of unique and creative solutions is required, as are more-informed observers and participants in the political debate, particularly given the international scale of the automotive industry and the projected demand growth in developing economies. Lacking effective long-term regulatory policy, industry and society face considerable risk in the future. Mr. Raney will present historical concepts about transportation, and discuss the future complexity of technology and policy. He will also consider pathways toward more constructive solutions to these complex problems and ways to develop a broader societal effort for achieving meaningful results.

David Raney is the founder and president of Raney Associates, an environmental and energy policy consulting and dialogue facilitation firm based in Santa Barbara, California.  David founded this firm after thirty years in the auto industry, during which time he worked for Deere & Company, Saab, General Motors, and for the past seventeen years, as an executive with Honda at its headquarters in Torrance, California.  He guided Honda's North American strategy for environmental leadership, product stewardship, and corporate sustainability from 1993 to 2010.  He continues to apply his experience and expertise full-time in the policy arena and facilitation of dialogue between a broad set of stakeholders, most recently developing collaboration between industry and municipalities in pursuit of more informed and strategic identification of markets for advanced technology vehicles and supportive infrastructure development. He has been a guest lecturer on corporate environmental management at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Arizona, UCLA, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Duke University. An Oklahoma native, David received a BSME from the University of Oklahoma in 1980 and completed the Executive MBA Program at UCLA’s Anderson School in 2007.


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