Transportation and Carbon Emissions in Houston

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Jay Blazek Crossley, with Houston Tomorrow, gave a presentation on the relationship between transportation and carbon emissions in the Houston region, at a training for teachers and facilitators for Green Week Houston's No Impact Man Curriculum and Challenge that will be in October 2010.

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Transportation and Carbon Emissions in Houston

  1. 1. No  Impact  Week  Training   Transporta3on   Jay  Blazek  Crossley   Houston  Tomorrow   Friday,  August  13,  2010  
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  3. 3. Sustainability:   development  that  meets  the   needs  of  the  present  genera3on   without  compromising  the  ability   of  future  genera3ons  to  meet   their  needs.  
  4. 4. The world is changing
  5. 5. 30,000 Annual Vehicle Miles/Household Vehicle Miles/ Household 25.000 vs 20,000 Household Density 15,000 10,000 5,000 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Household Density
  6. 6. Energy  consump3on  vs.  popula3on  density   Source: adapted from Newman, P. and J. Kenworthy (1999) Sustainability and Cities
  7. 7. Percent  Growth  in  Popula1on  2000  -­‐  2008   Waller  County   Montgomery   Liberty   Harris   Galveston   Fort  Bend   Chambers   Brazoria   0%   10%   20%   30%   40%   50%   60%  
  8. 8. Percent  Growth  in  Popula1on  2000  -­‐  2008   Waller  County   Montgomery   Liberty   Harris   Galveston   Fort  Bend   Chambers   Brazoria   0%   10%   20%   30%   40%   50%   60%  
  9. 9. Percent  Growth  in  Popula1on  2000  -­‐  2008   Waller  County   Montgomery   Liberty   Harris   Galveston   Fort  Bend   Chambers   Brazoria   0%   10%   20%   30%   40%   50%   60%  
  10. 10. Absolute  Popula1on  and  Growth  2000  -­‐  2008   Waller  County   Montgomery   Liberty   Harris   Galveston   Fort  Bend   Total  Popula3on:  July  1,  2000   Chambers   Pop  Growth  2000  -­‐  2008   Brazoria    -­‐          500,000      1,000,000      1,500,000      2,000,000      2,500,000      3,000,000      3,500,000      4,000,000      4,500,000    
  11. 11. Percentage  of  Regional  New  Units  per  Building  Permits  2000  -­‐  2008   8   7   6   5   Series1   4   3   2   1   0%   10%   20%   30%   40%   50%   60%   70%   80%  
  12. 12. “It’s  3me  the  federal   government  stopped   encouraging  sprawl”        Department  of  Housing  and  Urban  Development  Secretary  Shaun  Donovan  
  13. 13. 4,000,000   more  people   coming  to  the  region     by  2040  
  14. 14. Image courtesy of the Westchase District
  15. 15. Downtown  Waller  now  
  16. 16. Downtown  Waller  tomorrow  
  17. 17. Current  and  Expected  Growth  in  Popula3on  and  Jobs  by  Sectors   Data:  H-­‐GAC  2035   Regional  Forecasts  
  18. 18.  1,000,000      900,000      800,000      700,000      600,000      500,000      400,000      300,000      200,000      100,000      -­‐         Loop   West   SouthWest   North   SouthEast   NorthWest   FarNorthNorthWest   East   South   FarNorth   FarWest   FarNorthNorthEast   NorthEast   FarWestNorthWest   FarWestSouthWest   FarEastNorthEast   FarEast   FarSouthSouthEast   FarNorthWest   FarSouthEast   FarSouthWest   2035  Jobs  by  Sectors  in  Houston   FarSouthSouthWest   FarEastSouthEast   FarSouth   FarNorthEast   2005   growth05-­‐35  
  19. 19.  800,000      700,000      600,000      500,000      400,000      300,000      200,000      100,000      -­‐         Loop   West   SouthWest   North   SouthEast   NorthWest   FarNorthNorthWest   East   South   FarNorth   FarWest   FarNorthNorthEast   NorthEast   FarWestNorthWest   FarWestSouthWest   FarEastNorthEast   FarEast   FarSouthSouthEast   FarNorthWest   FarSouthEast   FarSouthWest   FarSouthSouthWest   2035  Popula1on  by  Sectors  of  Houston   FarEastSouthEast   FarSouth   FarNorthEast   2005   growth05-­‐35  
  20. 20. The  best  new  light  rail  system  in  the  county   Daily Rail Boardings Rail miles daily rail boardings / mile Atlanta 212,838 47.6 4,471 Dallas 53,066 79 672 Denver 51,110 35 1,460 Houston 41,000 7 5,857 Miami 71,581 94 761 San Diego 96,203 53.5 1,798 Seattle 8,266 15.2 544
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  26. 26. 1927 Until the 1940s, Houston was Houston  1.0     transit-oriented
  27. 27. Projected ridership: Rail-­‐
 150,000 boardings suppor3ve  
 per day areas   Central Business District Uptown/Galleria Greenway Universities Gulfton Med Center
  28. 28. Rail-­‐
 Station areas suppor3ve  
 could absorb areas   1/2 of City’s population growth
  29. 29. What  is  it  We  Want?  
  30. 30. Photo:  Jim  Charlier,  Charlier  &  Associates  
  31. 31. Thank  you!   Jay  Blazek  Crossley   jay.crossley@houstontomorrow.org  

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