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The Hope of New Urbanism:Urban Design, Energy Conservation, and Sustainability

Juliann Emmons Allison, Associate Professor-UC Riverside
May 09, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
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Can the urban residential design known as New Urbanism – a more cohesive and compact form of development combining live/work/commercial spaces in “walkable” communities – really achieve energy efficiency by reducing individual use of automobiles? Juliann Emmons Allison will discuss the study, “The Hope of New Urbanism: Energy Conservation and Sustainability through Urban Design," funded by the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, that she conducted in collaboration with her colleagues at UC Riverside: Kanok Boriboonsomsin (College of Engineering-Center of Environmental Research & Technology) and Martin Johnson (Political Science). The project examined the commuting behaviors of residents in four southern California communities and the extent to which compact development and commuting patterns, usage of live/work facilities and other design elements reduce gasoline consumption, traffic congestion and air pollution.  Among the findings; New Urbanist residents tend to work more from home and walk, bicycle or use public transportation for trips away from home more than traditional community residents. The American family’s household living arrangements are changing. 

Juliann Allison is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Riverside. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. Her research and teaching interests include international political economy, environmental policy, and gender and politics. Professor Allison’s research has been supported by the John Randolph Haynes Foundation, the California Energy Commission, and the National Science Foundation. Her recent publications have appeared in the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Policy Studies Journal, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.



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