Transportation and Smart Growth
Transportation, Climate Change and Prosperity
Staving off the most severe impacts of global climate change will require deep reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all economic sectors. Transportation GHG emissions are a result of what CCAP refers to as a ‘three legged stool’ — vehicles, fuels and vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Vigorous progress on all three fronts is critical for climate protection, to increase resilience to rising oil prices and to sustain our economy and communities.
Steve Winkelman, Director Adaptation and Transportation Programs for CCAP, recently gave a presentation on Transportation System Resilience entitled, “Can We Get There from Here?” as part of Volpe’s new speaker series, Transportation System Resilience, Extreme Weather, and Climate Change.
In Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity, we present evidence showing that efficient urban development improves the bottom line for businesses, households and governments by increasing property values, cutting fuel and infrastructure costs, creating jobs, enhancing public health and strengthening communities (www.growingwealthier.info).
What We Do
- CCAP conducts research and policy analysis in support of transformative policies that reduce GHG emissions while enhancing prosperity and improving quality of life.
- We provide technical and policy assistance to governments at all levels, in the US and abroad.
- We develop policy ideas and recommendations for implementing them.
- We conduct stakeholder dialogues to uncover common ground and craft effective solutions.
- CCAP functions as translator and liaison between transportation and climate policy experts and between federal policy makers and state and local practitioners.
- CCAP has put the ‘third leg of the stool’ on the policy map and has demonstrated that slowing growth in VMT is essential for climate protection, achievable and cost effective.
- CCAP’s VMT/CO2 graph helped convince top California policy makers to address metropolitan VMT in state climate policy and set robust GHG reduction targets.
- Core ideas from CCAP’s Transportation GHG Reduction Incentive Program proposal were incorporated in the House climate bill and draft Senate climate bills.
- CCAP’s recommendations on improving travel data helped precipitate a $670,000 National Academies of Science study to delve further into the issue.
- Do. Measure. Learn. Policy programs centered on action, measurement and analysis will give planners and policy implementers room to experiment and build upon their successes.
- Equip and Empower. Transportation practitioners need new tools and technical assistance to enhance their ability to implement transportation and land use policies and evaluate their economic and livability impacts. These must be based on a solid foundation of research and data improvement.
- Do More Get More. Incentive-based programs that reward economic and environmental sustainability will encourage replication.
- Assessment of state and local capacity needs to enhance travel efficiency and reduce GHGs.
- Expert workshop on Livability and the Economy to review the latest research and tools for evaluating economic impacts of integrated land use and transportation policies and projects.
- Lessons learned in California on implementation of new land use transportation planning frameworks (e.g., SB 375).
- Development and implementation of developing country Low Carbon Transportation Plans.
Recent Studies and Initiatives
- Webinar: Climate Mitigation and Emerging Paradigms in Transportation Planning (February 2013). Click here to watch a full recording.
- Case Study: Colombia’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Development And Expansion (January 2012)
- Proposed Transport NAMAs Framework (January 2010)
Data & Capacity Needs for Transportation NAMAs
- Report 1: Data Availability (May 2010)
- Report 2: Data Selection (November 2010)
- Report 3: Capacity-Building Needs (November 2010)
- CCAP and AASHTO host the Executive Peer Exchange on State Transportation and Climate Change(2009)
- Further information about the VMT and Climate Policy Dialogue (2008-2009)
- CCAP Travel Data and Modeling Recommendations: to Support Climate Policy and Performance-Based Transportation Policy
- Transportation GHG Reduction Incentive Program
Access CCAP’s interactive Transportation Emissions Guidebook