CoolConnections is a source of information and a forum for discussion on integrated transportation and land use strategies that deliver sustainability of climate, energy and public health.

The site is a reflection of Fehr & Peers’ commitment to innovative transportation solutions that improve communities, with specific intent to:

  • integrate multi-modal transportation with development patterns to reduce carbon emissions
  • design transportation systems for minimal energy consumption
  • plan living and travel environments that encourage physical activity and public safety

We combine these goals into strategies that provide economic vitality and personal choice.

For general background on these issues, we recommend  “Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change”, published by the Urban Land Institute.  The book describes how every-day planning decisions accelerate climate change and identifies what planners, developers and governments can do to reverse the trend.

Modern suburban development patterns increase vehicle use, reduce walking and bicycling, and decrease the effectiveness of public transportation.  “Growing Cooler” reports on the degree to which conventional development increases vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions per person, concluding this trend will make it impossible for even dramatic improvements to automobile fuel economy and maximum use of low-carbon fuels to reduce emissions enough to stop global warming.  Conversely, transforming more of our future growth into compact, mixed-use, transit-served communities can reduce carbon emissions and help stabilize our global climate.

CoolConnections provides an opportunity for concerned citizens and members of the planning, development and transportation professions to collaboratively explore effective strategies.  Transportation engineers and planners are an essential part of the solution.  Elected officials and community members are calling for better living environments.  Lessons from different forms of development have taught us how to plan sustainable communities with a variety of transportation options that respond to peoples’ needs while encouraging physical activity while reducing energy consumption and global warming.  This site is dedicated to providing information, conversation and resources for a broad perspective as well as key facts to help us craft livable communities oriented toward sustainable climate, energy and health.