My name is Dylan Jouliot. I'm from California. I go to the University of California - Los Angeles where I am a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning candidate.
What got you interested in sustainability?
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, to be specific), I was never far away from nature and green spaces. I loved it but also took it for granted that a city could be so green. When I moved away, I realized how fragile nature and green spaces were throughout most of the world and began seriously considering climate change and how I could contribute to limiting its effects.
What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?
As a Masters candidate in Urban and Regional Planning focusing on Transportation, I am very interested in how urban transportation systems can be adapted to be more sustainable, as transportation accounts for a large percent of global carbon emissions and pollution. I am passionate about active transportation, but am also fascinated by EV cars, Autonomous Vehicles and how those technologies can be directed towards creating a sustainable, people friendly transportation system, rather than one dominated by polluting autos.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
While I do not have any ongoing research currently, I am working this summer for the Active Transportation department at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the Los Angeles area Metropolitan Planning Organization. I am assisting with the relaunch of their Go Human campaign, which combines marketing, community events and training and tools to help create more walk and bike friendly communities and promote safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I have not yet decided but hope to either pursue my PhD in Urban Planning/Urban Studies, or work as a transportation planner at the city or regional level helping to create urban and regional transportation systems that are sustainable and equitable.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
I was intrigued by the opportunity to learn about and work in the area where sustainability and energy intersect with transportation and emerging technologies. The Institute in general and this year's theme in particular combined a number of my interests and I felt it was the perfect opportunity to learn about these topics from speakers and colleagues who are approaching them from wildly different backgrounds and perspectives than I am, and expand my point of view when it comes to sustainability and transportation.
What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?
I have been to Chicago a few times, but not since I was a teenager and I am looking forward to hopefully experiencing some of the local culture (theater, Second City improv, music) that the city is known for, the museums like the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, Lake Michigan and the waterfront and hopefully even a Cubs game!
Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I do like cats! While I don't have one myself, my grandma had a number of cats throughout my life and I loved playing with them even if they didn't always love me back. I'm definitely down with cats.