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Climate Change, Transport & Land Use
 
Transportation emissions, mostly from cars and trucks, account for 38 percent of Oregon's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Oregon Governor's Advisory Group on Global Warming (see p. 30).  CO2 emissions are a major greenhouse gas.
 
By making it easier for people to take short trips by foot or bicycle -- and longer trips by public transit -- state and local governments can help communities reduce CO2 emissions.  Listed below are resources and publications that address the role of land use, transportation choices, and community design in reducing greenhouse gases.
 
 
 
Oregon
 
Addressing Climate Change Through Great Communities, the Portland Metro web site on climate change-related topics and links
Climate Change Integration Group (created by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski)
Cool Planning: A Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change, a handbook by the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM) to help local governments apply land use, community design, and transportation planning strategies to the reduction of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions
Keep Oregon Cool (sponsored by Oregon Global Warming Commission)
Land Conservation & Development Commission: LCDC Interim Climate Change Strategy and Work Plan (July 2009)
Legislation Passed by the Oregon Legislature on Transport-Related GHG Emissions
   Senate Bill 1059: legislation calling for a statewide transportation strategy; land use and transportation scenario guidelines; a toolkit for local governments; greenhouse gas reduction targets; and a publication education -- all aimed at reducing transportation-related GHG emissions
   House Bill 2001:  Jobs and Transportation Act
Metropolitan Planning Organization Greenhouse Gas Emissions Task Force (HB 2186)
        Legislative Concepts Report Responding to HB 2186 
Oregon Climate Change Portal (Oregon Dept. of Energy)
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT's climate change web page)
Oregon Governor's Advisory Group on Global Warming 
Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI)
 
Ideas from Other States:
 
New Jersey: Climate Change and Land Use: Recommendations from New Jersey Future
New Hampshire Climate Action Plan 
Washington: Leading the Way: A Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Greenhouse Gases in Washington State
      
 
Local Climate Action Plans with Transport, Land Use, or Smart Growth Policies
 
Berkeley, California
Boulder, Colorado
Chattanooga, Tennessee 
Chula Vista, California 
Eugene, Oregon
Ft. Collins, Colorado 
King County, Washington
Portland, Oregon 
Sacramento, California (Blueprint Plan)
Seattle, Washington 
Tacoma, Washington 
Union City, California
 
 
Resources from National, Regional, and State Organizations
 
A Convenient Remedy on Climate Change (created by Congress for New Urbanism)
 
Climate Change Resources (created by Local Government Commission; provides access to California's Climate Change Portal)
 
State and Local Climate and Energy Program (a one-stop shop for government officials seeking information on climate change and energy efficiency -- maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
 
Transport and the Carbon Challenge (Transportation Summit, Congress for New Urbanism)
 
Urban Planning Tools for Climate Change Mitigation (by Patrick M. Condon et al and published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, August 2009)
 
 
Research
 
Cost-Effective GHG Reductions through Smart Growth & Improved Transportation Choices (by Steve Winkelman et al for the Center for Clean Air Policy, June 2009) 
 
Driving and the Built Environment: The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy use, and CO2 Emissions (Transportation Research Board, September 2009)
 
Growing Cooler: Evidence on Development and Climate Change (by Reid Ewing, Keith Bartholomew, Steve Winkelman et al)
 
Increased Transit Ridership Reduces Fuel Usage, Greenhouse Gases 
 
Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process (Final Report, Federal Highway Administration, July 2008) 
 
Integrating Land Use Issues into Transportaton Planning: Scenario Planning (by Keith Bartholomew, 2005)
 
Land Use and Driving: The Role Compact Development Can Play in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (a synthesis of Moving Cooler, Growing Cooler, and Driving and the Built Environment by the Urban Land Institute, June 2010)
 
Moving Cooler: An Analysis of Transportation Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (July 2009)
 
Response to Driving and the Built Environment (by Reid Ewing, Arthur C. Nelson, and Keith Bartholomew)
 
 
Articles
 
"Planning for Climate Change,” by Patrick Condon (from Land Lines, published by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Jan. 2008) 
 
Power Point Presentations
 
"Cool Spots: Carbon Footprint Reduction Through Community Planning" (November 2008  presentation by Eliot Allen of Criterion Planners)    
"Making the Case for Climate Action -- The Science and Implications" (April 2, 2010 video presentation (1 hour, 39 minutes) by Dr. William Moomaw, founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University, to the Metro Policy Advisory Committee and Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation at their climate change workshop (scroll down the page to the video presentation)
Presentation to the "Metropolitan Scenario Planning for GHG Emissions Reductions May 14, 2010 presentation by Bob Cortright of the Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation & Development
Oregon Climate Change Summit: 2010:  Presentations delivered at the November 14, 2010 summit sponsored by OMPOC (Oregon MPO Consortium)