[RULA] Lecture Series

Seiko Goto gotos at SEBS.Rutgers.edu
Mon Sep 8 12:40:39 EDT 2008

*Department of Landscape Architecture Lecture Series*

*Wednesday, September 10, 2008*

*Dr. Clinton J. **Andrews*
*Edward** **J.** **Bloustein** **School** of Planning and Public Policy, 
**Rutgers** **University** *

*Lecture Topic: **"**Greenhouse Gas Emissions along the 
Rural-UrbanTransect **"***

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*_Seminar Abstract_:*

This talk will show how land use relates to greenhouse gas emissions. It 
links settlement patterns to greenhouse gas emissions via landscape 
impacts (deforestation, carbon sequestration by soils and plants, urban 
heat island), infrastructure impacts (transportation-related emissions, 
waste management-related emissions, electric transmission and 
distribution losses), and buildings (residential, commercial). 
Exploratory case studies of New Jersey municipalities lying along a 
gradient of increasing population density suggest that per-capita carbon 
dioxide emissions vary widely, following an inverted “U” shape, with 
post-war suburbs riding the pinnacle. Reflecting their central regional 
roles, municipalities with good jobs-to-housing ratios have higher 
per-capita emissions because they host both residential and commercial 
buildings. Buildings typically contribute more emissions than personal 
transportation. Vehicle-miles traveled per capita shrink most 
dramatically at very high population densities and where transit options 
exist. Changing land-use patterns is a political challenge because 
localism and outdated zoning ordinances subvert regional solutions. 
Technical fixes, especially green buildings, must be part of the solution.

*Location:* Cook-Douglass Lecture Halls Room 110

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*Time: **4:00pm-4:55pm*

*For any inquiries call Seiko Goto: 732 447-3689***

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