Big Blue Bus Senior Service Planner Paul Casey has been awarded the Swedish Institute’s Swedish-American Bicentennial Fellowship. His fellowship began Sept. 1. Malmo, Sweden – the fourth most sustainable city in the world – where he will conduct research on sustainable city planning.

He will then travel to Stockholm to research their transit system and learn about their innovative transit solutions to traffic congestion.

The grant recognizes Casey for his professional work and accomplishments at the Big Blue Bus for more than a decade.

“Paul Casey’s willingness to try new things has made a significant impact within the Big Blue Bus. His global perspective and creativity have allowed him to bring innovative ideas to our community,” said Joe Stitcher, Big Blue Bus assistant director of transit operations.

Casey received a bachelor’s degree in Geography at the University of Chicago, a degree in Architectural Studies at the University of Louisiana, and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Southern California.

“While I’ve traveled the world and been fortunate to study in many places, I am particularly excited about the experience the Swedish Institute fellowship will provide me in generating new sustainability strategies to help improve transit within Santa Monica and the Westside of Los Angeles,” said Casey.

The Swedish Institute administers the Swedish-American Exchange Fund for non-academic research and professional enrichment. This travel grant allows recipients to travel to Sweden for up to four weeks to generate projects in fields including public administration and the human environment.

“The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus congratulates Paul Casey for being awarded the Swedish-American Bicentennial Fellowship. While the Big Blue Bus has long benefited from his innovative transit planning, we believe this recognition is an endorsement of his efforts and creativity,” Stitcher said.