Longtime active transportation champion Rex Burkholder wins a 2012 Weston Award

In anticipation of the second annual Weston Awards on November 10, we'll be introducing this year's four illustrious award winners on the blog over the next week. Get to know them here, but better yet, come to the Westons and meet them in person -- and be the first to find out our shiny new name. Get your Weston tickets now!

Rex BurkholderAs Metro Councilor and chair of the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT), Rex Burkholder has consistently championed active transportation in the Regional Transportation Plan, transportation project selection and funding, and regional land use decision-making.

Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder worked as a science teacher and in the Northwestern forests. He started the bicycling revolution in Portland, Oregon as a founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. An early leader in sustainability and equity, Burkholder also co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse NGOs in the greater Portland region. He was elected to the Metro Council in 2000, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government in Oregon.

Rex has served on key task forces as well as national boards including Rail~volution and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Recipient of numerous local awards, his work has been recognized internationally as well, being invited to speak in countries throughout Latin America on sustainable transportation and climate change. He was honored in 2010 as a Global Ambassador for Ciclovia, an international movement to reclaim cities from the automobile.

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