Beth Ferguson, IDSA


Beth Ferguson, IDSA
Assistant Professor of Design, UC Davis

Beth Ferguson, IDSA, is the director of the Adapting City Lab and assistant professor of design at UC Davis. She is an ecological designer whose practice blends industrial design with sustainable transportation, solar engineering, climate resiliency, and public engagement.

Ferguson is the founder of Sol Design Lab, a design/build studio that specializes in solar charging stations and was awarded the Austin Green Award for the Austin Energy Electric Drive Solar Kiosk. Her interdisciplinary work has been exhibited at the Exploratorium Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, TEDx Presidio, Bay Area Maker Faire, and the Otago Museum in New Zealand. Her collaborative work has been featured in Fast Company, the New York Times, BBC, and Texas Architect magazine. She is a San Francisco Autodesk Technology Center Fellow and a former ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Fellow.



Sustainable Leadership Deep Dive 2022 Session Description


Mobility Hubs for Active Transit and Decarbonization

The climate crisis has created an urgent need to transition out of fossil fuel transportation and into lower carbon options like active mobility (walking and biking), micromobility (electric bikes and scooters), and public transit. New infrastructure and innovation are necessary for our car-centric cities to support low carbon mobility and transit-oriented housing, and to untangle communities from traffic congestion.  

According to the “Making COP26 Count'' report from C40 Cities Mayors network, “Public transport must double in cities over the next decade to meet the 1.5°C target” and prevent extreme climate change. In spring 2021, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission launched their new Mobility Hubs program in the San Francisco Bay Area, which uses their new design tool playbook to establish pilot sites that bring together forms of mobility other than private vehicles.  

Could we make the first and last mile transit problem easier with urban street improvements for pedestrians and bicycles, instead of cars?
In this session, you will learn: 

  • How city streets can incorporate active transportation, micromobility, and public transportation to help a diversity of riders travel without private vehicles and reduce local carbon emissions 
  • How to better understand electric bike and scooter design features (size, lighting, seating), comfort, and safety 
  • The health and equity benefits of improving walking and biking infrastructure to support active transportation