Growing Cooler: Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change

This publication documents how key changes in land development patterns could help reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. It is based on a comprehensive review of dozens of studies by leading urban planning researchers. The book concludes that urban development is both a key contributor to climate change and an essential factor in combating it. The authors make the case that one of the best ways to reduce vehicle travel is compact development: building places in which people can get from one place to another without driving. This includes developments with a mix of uses and pedestrian-friendly designs. Changing demographics, shrinking households, rising gas prices, and lengthening commutes are contributing to the demand for smaller homes and lots, townhouses, and condominiums near jobs and other activities. Current government policies and regulations encourage sprawling, auto-dependent development. The book recommends changes that can be made to make green neighborhoods more available and more affordable.

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    Urban Land Institute

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    Smart Growth America

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    Center for Clean Air Policy

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    National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education

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  • Authors:
    • Ewing, Reid
    • Bartholomew, Keith
    • Winkelman, Steve
    • Walters, Jerry
    • Chen, Don
  • Publication Date: 2007


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 158p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780874200822
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 2009 4:16PM