Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Land Use Strategies

This presentation discusses the methodology and findings of sketch-level analyses of the vehicle-miles of travel (VMT) and corresponding greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits of implementing land use strategies to direct growth into higher-density, walkable, transit-served neighborhoods. The methodology has been applied at a national level for the “Moving Cooler” study in progress: at a state level in support of four state climate action plans; and in southern Maine. The analysis relies on data on VMT per capita by tract density to evaluate how future metropolitan “smart growth” policies that affect population density might affect VMT. The land use analysis also utilizes information from the recent “Growing Cooler” study, but does in no way that considers baseline population densities and trends in a particular analysis region as well as different levels of growth-shifting. Overall, VMT and GHG reductions relative to all personal travel range from around 1 percent of low growth areas in a short time frame (2005), up to 12 percent for very aggressive implementation of compact development at a nationwide level through the year 2050.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 141-150
  • Monograph Title: Transportation, Land Use, Planning, and Air Quality. Selected Papers of the Transportation, Land Use, Planning and Air Quality Conference 2009

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01142152
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784410592
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 7 2009 12:51PM