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2015 White House Champions of Change

Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation for the Future

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White House Champions of Change Program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the nation, who are leading projects and initiatives that move their communities forward.  All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.  Each week, the White House honors Champions of Change that are empowering and inspiring other members of their communities.  

On October 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Public Engagement will host White House Champions of Change focused on “Beyond Traffic:  Innovators in Transportation for the Future”.  These Champions will be individuals who have provided exemplary leadership in advancing transportation and leading change that benefits our nation’s transportation system for decades to come at the local, regional and/or national levels.  Innovators will be considered for their work in improving the mobility of people, the mobility of freight, and overarching strategies for enhancing our transportation system for moving things better.  We invite you to nominate an individual you would like to be considered for the 2015 White House Transportation Champion of Change. 

Below is a list of examples for possible innovations that may be considered: 

How We Move

Innovators, who have developed and implemented strategies to strengthen connectivity, reduce congestion and/or improve safety for Americans who travel within and between their communities every day.   Examples of innovations may include:

  • Developing and/or implementing technologies, strategies or programs that advance safety in our nation’s transportation system.
  • Pioneering mobility management strategies for moving people
  • Developing and/or implementing transportation safety strategies or  innovative transportation safety programs for communities for minority, older adults, limited English proficiency or other at-risk communities

How We Move Things

Innovators, who are affecting the movement of our nation’s freight and cargo across the country, including efforts to improve efficiencies and safety in our nation’s freight system.  Examples of innovation may include:

  • Developing technology applications that create efficiencies for cargo movement
  • Implementing solutions that improve intermodal connectivity and safety for freight
  • Creating innovations that improve safety for the movement of freight and hazardous materials.

How We Move Better

Innovators who are making technological advances benefitting our transportation system, including innovators who have been key in streamlining project delivery in the design and building our nation’s transportation systems. Examples of innovation may include:

  • Applying technologies that reduce congestion and increase efficiencies in transportation systems
  • Advancing connected automation to advance vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure, and vehicle to people in a safe environment 
  • Visualizing data to enhance understanding of critical transportation information
  • Advancing the use of equity based performance measures and planning initiatives at the state and/or community level.

How We Adapt
Innovators who have demonstrating leadership, developing strategies and/or implementeing key initiatives to address challenges to our transportation infrastructure and systems as a result of climate change. Examples include:

  • Strategies to limit greenhouse-gas emissions.
  • Core initiatives that advance resiliency in our nation’s transportation system.
  • Facilitate change strategies that positively impact sustainability 


The nomination process is simple. Please submit your nomination for this year’s Transportation Champion of Change no later than midnight on August 1, 2015 by clicking here
If you have any questions, please email us at
Please Note:  If selected as a White House Champion of Change for Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation for the Future, individuals will be responsible for paying for their travel costs to attend an invitational event at the White House on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
Updated: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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