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Alison Linder, PhD

Clean Cities Coalition Director and Senior Regional Planner
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Alison’s professional goal is to reduce the environmental footprint of cities, companies, and individuals, and has addressed this goal through research, implementation, and project management in a variety of sectors and subject areas, all with the theme of environmental improvement and sustainability. 

Alison is a Senior Regional Planner and the Clean Cities Coalition Director at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) where she focuses on strategies and partnerships to advance zero and near-zero emission technologies across modes such as passenger, transit, freight, and rail. She also leads the SCAG Accelerated Electrification Team, Clean Technology Program, and Resilience Policy Lab to set a regional vision for a zero-emission transportation system and to support the region in implementation. 

She has served on the California EPA’s Electric Vehicle Battery Recycling Committee and is currently teaching Nature in the Urban Environment as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California.  This course provides students with tools to incorporate natural processes into planning decisions and covers subjects such as the water cycle, urban habitat, parkland, equity, and environmental regulations.  Linder received her PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California where she focused her dissertation work on corporate environmental responsibility and the motivations for greening efforts. 

Alison Linder, PhD’s Session(s):

Redefining Regional Electric Vehicle Coordination — Thu, March 30, 2023

What does regional coordination mean in terms of scaling infrastructure and meeting the needs of the EV charging industry? The EV industry is fast moving and municipalities and government entities are struggling to keep up. A lack of EVSE policies, regulations, and government coordination is hindering the ability to meet demand. Join this session to learn how municipalities can create regional alignment in the nation’s plan for charging infrastructure. 

    • Develop aligned strategies through crucial partnerships
    • Involve key stakeholders to fast-track the deployment of infrastructure 


Infrastructure Design for Fleets — Thu, March 30, 2023

Many municipal and commercial fleet operators are unsure what model will work best for their needs. It is no longer about if, but when to electrify your fleet. Creating an infrastructure that is scalable to accommodate new fleet growth is essential. This session will enable attendees to:

  • Explore grid-independent charging stations
  • Learn how to overcome infrastructure obstacles 
  • Considerations for public transport fleet operators 
  • Optimize AI to manage infrastructure elements and best model rollout strategies
  • Leverage GIS analysis to map current operations and identify the need for depots, distribution centers, and other facilities to help executive map EV fleet expansion 

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