The University of Oregon Transportation and Livability Student Group brings together undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to focus on the planning and design of transportation systems as they relate to community quality of life and livability. (We have a general bias towards active and public transportation.) LiveMove’s mission statement is:
“To promote healthy, sustainable communities by integrating transportation and livability through collaboration, education, research and outreach.”
Within the group, there are opportunities to collaborate on planning and design projects, to gain leadership skills, to bring in high-profile guest speakers, and to network. In addition, generous funding is available through a grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) to support any University students to attend educational conferences, workshops or seminars to enhance their understanding of transportation-related issues.
The interdisciplinary nature of the group is unique at the UO, and while open to all majors, is especially well suited for Planning Public Policy & Management, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Environmental Studies, and related majors, both undergraduate and graduate.
Stephanie Nappa, President
Steph is a scientist turned planner with a passion for sustainability. A self described transportation nerd, she loves walking, biking, and especially public transit. Her interests include street design, transportation planning, equity, and environmental justice. When she isn't working on something for school or LiveMove, you'll most likely find Steph knitting a sweater or hiking in the woods.
Justin Peterson, Vice President
Justin is Pacific Northwest born and raised but spent some time in Arizona before moving back to the Pacific Northwest. As Vice President, he hopes to help encourage widespread use of sustainable transportation modes. Justin is working on a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree and hopes to work as a transportation planner. In his personal life, he enjoys riding his bike around town and playing soccer.
Seth Thompson, Speaker Series Coordinator
Seth is a Northwest local who loves evergreens, mountains, frisbees and quality bike infrastructure. Seth joined LiveMove to get more people out of their cars and onto bikes. After graduate school, he hopes to enjoy a future in land use or transportation planning.
Sophie McGinley, Speaker Series Coordinator
Sophie is an East Coast transplant passionate about all things biking, walking, and transit-related. In her ideal future: superb infrastructure and equally dispersed mode-shares are unremarkable; they are normal. When she's not on campus, Sophie is hiking, reading, or searching for the best coffee in Eugene
Syd Shoaf, Technology and Outreach Coordinator
Syd is from a beach city in Los Angeles and wanted a fresh start away from all of the smog and car dependency. Since coming to Oregon, Syd has fallen in love with the outdoors where you can find him on his off days climbing mountains, backpacking in the wilderness or biking along the riverbank path. He is fascinated with livability and the interconnectedness between housing and transportation where he hopes to become a city planner in the future.