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Title: The relationship between urban form and GHG emissions
Other Titles: A climate change planning primer for municipal decision makers
Author: Senbel, Maged; Church, Sarah
Subject Keywords Urban Planning;Urban Design;Climate Change Mitigation;GHG Emissions Targets;Municipal Planning;Urban Form and Transportation;BC Bill 27
Issue Date: 2010-10
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-12-15
Publisher Centre for Human Settlements
Abstract: The design of our cities and towns has a direct impact on our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Local governments have the ability to respond to the challenges posed by climate change through specific planning and development practices. Strategies such as densification and mixed-use development, reduced distances between housing and employment, and improved transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure all play a role in reducing GHG emissions.The configuration of land use, density, transportation networks and other relationships between buildings, roads, and infrastructure directly influence how much energy and materials we use to live, work, shop, and play. This report synthesizes research demonstrating the direct link between urban form and levels of energy consumption, with their resultant GHG emissions, and provides a number of examples of community responses to the challenge of reducing GHG emissions. The examples cover a number of Canadian communities, with a focus on B.C.
Affiliation: Applied Science, Faculty ofCommunity and Regional Planning (SCARP), School of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/39750
Peer Review Status: Reviewed
Scholarly Level: Faculty

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