In this week’s blog post we would like to welcome and introduce our newest staff member, Ian Henderson. He is GMTMA’s Sustainable Transportation Coordinator and one of the Safe Routes to School Coordinators.
Here are some of the things Ian told us about himself:
What attracted you to this job?
I was especially interested that it involved green transportation, a field that combines my planning and environmental interests. Also, as a lifelong Mercer County resident, I jumped at the opportunity to help change the local community.
Why is transportation important for you?
Mobility. As an out of state student in Pittsburgh, I did not have a car. I relied on buses and light rail to get around.
What is a favorite thing about your job?
I really enjoy all of the creative presentations, tools, games, and other activities designed to reach students and the community at large.
What motivates you to want to change the way people commute?
There are direct health benefits involved with cleaner air and less traffic. Who doesn’t want less congestion on the roadways?
Where do you stand on the climate change debate? Do you believe climate change is real?
Yes. As an Environmental Studies major at the University of Pittsburgh, I had several science classes address the issue with an abundance of evidence.
What is your favorite book?
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
What is your favorite movie?
Batman: The Dark Knight or Apollo 13
What was the best moment of your life?
It is difficult to point to one moment. Some notable- I started my high school’s juggling club, I got to see a college energy-conservation dorm competition I designed come to fruition, family Christmas, college basketball fan section during a triple overtime, and U.S. Space Camp in elementary school.
Favorite transportation/commuting story
One summer, I had to commute to an office park just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. My bus route included a ride through the University of Pittsburgh campus, the core of downtown, right past PNC Park and Heinz Field and across the yellow Fort Pitt Bridge. I had a spectacular view of the “Golden Triangle” twice on a daily basis.
Favorite commuting app/gadget
The MyRadar app has a constantly-updating weather radar screen for the country. Also the “NJ Train Schedule” app is nice to have on hand.
What else would you like to do if you would not be working in transportation?
I would work to increase sustainability within business operations or supply chain.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’ve played piano for years. I like to go to live concerts or sports. I also really enjoy film, both classic and current.
Welcome Ian and we are happy to have you!