Transportation planning & energy solutions

A myriad of strategies and measures can provide significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions by encouraging people to drive less, creating more sustainable places to live, and promoting a healthier lifestyle. 

Some examples include:

Climate:

  • Integrate multi-modal transportation with urban development and activity patterns to reduce carbon and other emissions and promote global climate stability
  • Develop a Climate Action Plan to outline a direction and goal for reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions
  • Monitor progress annually to track the effectiveness of climate change policies and actions

 Energy:

  • Plan and design for minimal consumption of non-renewable energy for environmental and economic sustainability
  • Different types of land-use planning (such as mixed use) may lead to less driving, less energy use and oil consumption
  • Densely built communities may affect transmission losses, heating/cooling requirements and thus more efficient use of energy and lower energy bills
  • Development of an Energy Master Plan can provide a framework for reducing energy usage

 Health:

  • Create living and travel environments that encourage physical activity and personal safety
  • Support Complete Streets strategies to create enjoyable urban environments

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