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Below are the titles and speakers of our monthly Virtual Collaboratory calls with links to more information on the details and resources presented:


  • Urban Green Infrastructure and Storm Water Management,  posted March 26, 2014, more info here.

     Patricia Culligan, with Columbia University, presents on Urban Green Infrastructure and Storm Water Management.    



  • Resources from Life Cycle Assessments, posted January 28, 2014, more info here.

     Kara Kockelman, with University of Tesas at Austin, presented on "LCA of Neighborhoods and Cities".


     Mike Chester, with Arizona State, presented on "Integrated Transportation and Land Use Life Cycle Assessment".


  • Urban Metabolism and Footprinting, posted November 20, 2013, more info here.

     Abel Chaves, with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, presented on "Best Practices and Challenges

     for Environmental Footprinting."


     Zak Accuardi, MS student at MIT, presented on "Developing a resource based Typology of Cities".


  • Resources from Urban Energy & Climate Models, posted October 17, 2013, here.

     Fei Chen of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), presented "Modeling Cities in Regional Weather

     and Climate Models and It's Applications".


     James Keirstead of Imperial College London presented "How do models of urban energy systems account for climate



  • Why Cities Adopt Climate Action Plans, posted September 10, 2013, here.

     Raksha Vasudevan, with the National League of Cities, presented an overview of the Research Institute and NLC, and

     opportunities for involving graduate students.


     Rick Feiock, with Florida State University, presented on “Why Cities Adopt Climate Action Plans,” synthesizing research

     insights from several large surveys conducted in the US over the past few years.




Other Resources:


Impact of Urbanization on Beijing Super-storm of 2012, was studied by RCN members Mukul Tweari, Fei Chen and Paty Romero-Lankao of NCAR to investigate whether and how much the Beijing city itself was impacted by this heavy rainfall event. To see more information regarding this investigation visit our blog site here


RCN Member, John Zhai, has been working on Prediciting Building Energy Use at a Larger-Scale. To see more about the the developed and evaluated approach visit our blog site here. 


Social Actors Group workshop in Colorado, January 2014 presented Linking City Structure and Sustainability Policies: Towards Methods for Capturing Charter Variation. To see the presentation visit our blog site here!


Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework


TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Report S2-C09-RR-1: Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework identifies where and how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption fit into a conceptual decision-making framework, including key decision points.


The report presents background information on the role of GHG emissions in the transportation sector, factors influencing the future of emissions, GHG emissions reduction strategies, as well as information on cost effectiveness and feasibility of these reduction strategies. It also presents case studies to illustrate different scales and institutional contexts for GHG analyses.


A web-based technical framework, Integrating Greenhouse Gas into Transportation Planning, which was developed as part of SHRP 2 Capacity Project C09, provides information on the models, data sources, and methods that can be used to conduct GHG emissions analysis. The framework is part of the Transportation for Communities: Advancing Projects through Partnerships (TCAPP) website. TCAPP is organized around decision points in the planning, programming, environmental review, and permitting processes.


SHRP 2 Capacity Project C09 also produced a Practitioner's Guide that presents information on how GHG emissions can be incorporated into transportation planning when using different types of collaborative decision-making approaches and includes an appendix with detailed technical information for GHG analyses.

  • Latest News Development on Climate Change Policy

    Ground breaking deal between the U.S. and China on Climate Change and Clean Energy. President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030. Go here to read the Fact Sheet. 

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    2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Cities

    When: April 13-17, 2015 
    Where: Seattle, Washington


    More info on the events page!


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