Growing Cooler: Urban Development and Climate Change

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This new workshop examines the relationship between land use patterns, travel and CO2 emissions. The workshop will demonstrate the impact current development and transportation patterns are having on our environment.


The link between urban development patterns and individual and household travel is one of the most heavily researched subject in the field of urban planning. This new ULI workshop will examine the relationship between land use patterns, travel, and CO2 emissions. Beginning with an introduction to climate science, the workshop will demonstrate the impact current development and transportation patterns are having on our environment as measured by CO2 emissions. Absent changes to current development and transportation patterns, the United States has little chance to stem increases in CO2 production, let alone begin to see reductions.

Compact development practices encouraging a mix of uses, walkable communities, and use of existing infrastructure, including transit, is crucial to any curtailment of CO2 emissions. Current public policy and zoning regulations in many cases discourage this type of development by mandating low-density, single-use development that increases sprawl and encourages automobile usage.

By examining best practices in compact development, transportation incentives, and federal initiatives, this program will make policy and program changes aimed at decreasing both sprawl and automobile usage, thus reducing and stabilizing CO2 emissions.


  • Climatic impact of land development patterns.
  • Emerging trends in planning, development, and climate change.
  • Induced traffic and development.
  • Changing development patterns to slow global warming.
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Price: $415.00

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