Energy Conservation

New report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate describes specific actions which can strengthen economic performance and reduce climate change risks. A key strategy is to build better, more productive cities.
Sep 17, 2014   Better Growth Better Climate
Many jurisdictions have smart growth policies that encourage more compact, mixed, multi-modal development. Blog Post
Jun 24, 2013   By Todd Litman
Let's put aside those renderings of high-rise urban greenhouses with lush, vertical gardens. Vertical farming's future, instead, lies more practically in large, suburban "pinkhouses", says one expert.
May 26, 2013   NPR
Coinciding with Earth Day, PBS is airing a series of programs highlighting the ways in which local communities are working to conserve energy in order to save money and save the environment.
Apr 22, 2012   PBS
I am sorry to report that, Canada, my chosen country (I immigrated here in 1993), recently withdrew from the Kyoto Accord, which sets international climate change emission reduction targets. Blog Post
Dec 30, 2011   By Todd Litman
Bad planning simply extrapolates past trends: "We experienced 2% annual growth during the last decade, so we'll assume that will continue into the future." Good planning attempts to understand underlying factors Blog Post
Dec 4, 2011   By Todd Litman
The more you drive, says a new study, the more you are at risk of getting in an accident. So if how much one pays for car insurance was linked to mileage, there would be a significant reduction in driving - and fender benders.
Dec 10, 2010   Pay-As-You-Drive Auto Insurance In Massachusetts: A Risk Assessment And Report On Consumer
Many ancient religions required animal sacrifice to satisfy their gods' desires. We now sacrifice pelicans, marine mammals and sea turtles to satisfy our desire for cheap oil. Blog Post
Jun 30, 2010   By Todd Litman
The recently released report, Moving Cooler: Transportation Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which recommends various VMT reduction strategies (also called mobility management, transportation demand management, TDM), has raised debate concerning the best way to reduce climate change emissions. Critics argue that that reducing vehicle travel is difficult and costly to consumers and the economy, and instead support strategies that change vehicle design (increased energy efficiency and alternative fuels). Blog Post
Aug 20, 2009   By Todd Litman
In this Mercury News Op-Ed, San Jose State University Professor Larry Gerston proposes this bold tax for mass transit and alternative energy programs. It yields $175 billion annually and creates green jobs, enabling us to determine our destiny.
Dec 10, 2008   Mercury News