In the News

SCTL Founding Director Promoted to Full Professor in UW CEE


Congratulations to SCTL Center Director Anne Goodchild on her promotion to full Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington! 

Vashon Fresh launches this week

Anneli Fogt, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

VIGA Vashon and the King Conservation District partnered with the SCTL Center in the creation of Vashon Fresh, a brand new online marketplace for Vashon Islanders to purchase local and sustainably grown produce and foods. SCTL Center Research Assistant Anna Bovbjerg developed a GIS model of fresh food delivery logistics and conducted a survey of Islanders to inform decision-making for the project. 

Drone vs. truck deliveries: Which create less carbon pollution?

Photo credit:, flickr
Megan Reardon

"In the end, I was amazed at how energy-efficient drones are in some contexts. Trucks compete better on heavier loads, but for really light packages, drones are awesome."

SCTL Director Anne Goodchild's research on the environmental impact of drone delivery is featured by Geekwire, King 5, Kiro 7, TechCrunch, Digital Trends, Eurasia Review, NanowerkInstitution of Mechanical Engineers, UW Today, and Drone Magazine.  

Dr. Goodchild's paper will be published in the upcoming issue of Transportation Research Part D.

E-Commerce Delivery, Rideshare Vehicles Intensify San Francisco Traffic

Wilson Walker, KPIX CBS SFBayArea

Urban Freight Lab Director Barb Ivanov talks with CBS about the ease of online ordering and the goals of the Urban Freight Lab to reduce freight congestion. 



How cities can help supply chains perfect the last mile

Supply Chain Dive, Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Urban freight is expected to increase 40% by 2050, going hand-in-hand with the slew of retail stores closing due to e-commerce growth. That means more trucks on the road, clogging precious residential and downtown street space while making deliveries. “Where you now see UPS and FedEx trucks in neighborhood once a day, you will see them four to five times a day, plus the smaller players,” says Andre Pharand, Accenture’s global management consulting lead for the postal and parcel industry.