Local government interventions shaping national CO2 emission reductions

Residential energy conservation mandates could reduce residential CO2 emissions in 2030 by an average of 30 percent over and above 2010 levels in eleven representative U.S. metropolitan regions. With the current U.S. presidential administration's stance of opposition to federal action on climate change, local government initiatives have moved to the forefront of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions. In a new article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, John Landis (University of Pennsylvania), David Hsu (MIT), and Erick Guerra (University of Pennsylvania), analyze the potential of local government initiatives in urban design and policies, such as local residential energy retrofits and compact infill in urban centers, to reduce CO2 emissions. This analysis offers an initial blueprint for how planners and other disciplines can shape urban growth to reduce CO2 emissions.

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