Green Festival Speakers
Sharon Feigon is the CEO of IGO Car Sharing, an affiliate organization of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Since taking the helm two years ago, she has tripled the size of this innovative company and brought in many new partnerships and resources. IGO is on track to continue its record growth this year, providing access to lowemission cars in Chicago area neighborhoods. IGO currently has 51 cars and over 2000 members.
Nearly half the members have sold a car since joining the program and each car share car replaces 610 cars on the road resulting in multiple environmental benefits to the region. Sharon works in close cooperation with the other car share companies and programs throughout the United States and Canada. Sharon works in close cooperation with the other car share companies and programs throughout the United States and Canada.
Previously, Sharon Feigon was CNTs Manager of Research and Development where she specialized in innovative marketbased solutions to the problems of urban sprawl. She was the Principal Investigator for a threeyear project with the Transportation Research Board. Combating Global Warming Through Sustainable Surface Transportation Policy, which included development of an emissions calculator and policies for use of local transportation and other governmental agencies. She was the lead author of the TCRP Report 93: Travel Matters: Mitigating Climate Change with Sustainable Surface Transportation.
Before that, Ms. Feigon coordinated the Center's TransitOriented Development (TOD) Program in conjunction with the Great American Station Foundation and was an author of a book on the barriers to transitoriented development, The New Transit Town published by Island Press in December 2003. She has also managed the start up of a variety of new projects at the Center including working in Elgin, Illinois on a project to value the hidden assets of the community and the development of a project to build Wireless Community Networks.
Ms. Feigon managed CNT's Green Building Program which included planning and overseeing renovation of CNTs 14,000 square foot facility to attain Platinum, the highest environmental rating possible from the US Green Building Council.
Sharon managed the development of the Centers Location Efficient Mortgage product in Seattle, Washington. She managed a team that developed a methodology for analyzing hidden assets that led to a sustainable development project centered around public transit in South Florida.
She has an MBA from DePaul University and a B.A. in Economics from Antioch College. She is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism and has served on the Evanston Plan Commission and was Chair of that Commission's Transportation Committee. She was recently a member of the Citizen Advisory Board for the PACE Bus System North Shore Study. She is currently a member of the US Green Building Councils LEED ND Committee, developing LEED standards for neighborhood developments.