Reducing Energy Use and Emissions through Innovative Technologies and Community Designs

This project aimed to quantify the impacts of growth and technology strategies at the regional level by using modeling, simulation, and visualization tools, with the overall goal of enhancing livability and sustainability. A key research outcome is the application of a modeling and simulation framework that covers the role of smart growth and intelligent transportation systems on energy and emissions potentially leading to more sustainable urban development strategies and eco-friendly transportation information delivery. The knowledge generated in this study is of interest to researchers and to state and regional planning agencies who aim to reduce energy consumption and emissions. The noticeable outcomes of the project include 1) scientific understanding of a wide range of travel behaviors, e.g., from alternative fuel vehicle use to micro-level driving decisions of accelerations, braking and vehicular jerk, 2) extracting useful information from large-scale data for less volatile driving, and 3) application of tools that encourage alternative mode usage and provide eco-information to travelers. Virginia and other geographic areas in the US are used as test cases, with results documented in this technical report, academic papers, and presentations at transportation conferences. The outcomes of the project include the building blocks of planning and analysis tools that encourage the consideration, evaluation and implementation of more robust growth and eco-friendly transportation strategies.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 188p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01644743
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTC17
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2017 10:10AM