July 5, 2010
The 14 help wanted ads in this week's classifieds offer such jobs as a transit agency general manager and an executive director in academia!
Sustainable Transportation Eases Climate Change
Compact development—incorporating public transportation—can be a key component in efforts to mitigate climate change, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Land Use and Driving: The Role Compact Development Can Play in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions examines the interplay among land use, driving, and energy consumption through a summary of the research and findings of three in-depth studies on land use: two from ULI, Moving Cooler and Growing Cooler, and the Transportation Research Board’s Driving and the Built Environment.
The report identifies trends in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and shows that VMT may decline by 8 to 18 percent between now and 2050 if compact development makes up at least 60 percent of all future development. Demographic trends conclude that the development needed to accommodate major metropolitan growth has not yet been built—presenting a major opportunity to shape land use patterns that will help curb the development of sprawling, automobile-oriented suburbs.
The study is available free for download here.