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Modeling and Measuring Cities: Matthew Dalbey


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Presentation by Matthew Dalbey, US Environmental Protection Agency. Given at the 2011 Urban Systems Symposium, as part of the Modeling and Measuring Cities panel.

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Modeling and Measuring Cities: Matthew Dalbey

  1. 1. 1<br />Performance Measures for Sustainable Community Approaches<br />Matthew Dalbey, US EPA Office of Sustainable Communities<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Federalpolicies And investments shape local sustainability outcomes<br />Buena Park, CA<br />© Ron Chapple/Corbis<br />2<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Federal policies, local outcomes<br /><ul><li> Are HUD housing investments targeted to locations near jobs centers or well served by transit?
  4. 4. Are EPA investments – water SRF, brownfields assessments/clean ups, etc… – serving existing communities or promoting new greenfield development?</li></li></ul><li>4<br />HUD DOT EPA Partnership For Sustainable Communities (PSC)<br /><ul><li>Formed: June 2009
  5. 5. Mission: To help American families in all communities — rural, suburban and urban — gain better access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs.
  6. 6. Method: Coordinate investments and align policies</li></li></ul><li>PSC Livability Principles<br />Provide more transportation choices<br />Promote equitable, affordable housing<br />Enhance economic competitiveness<br />Support existing communities<br />Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment<br />Value communities and neighborhoods<br />
  7. 7. 6<br />
  8. 8. Are outcomes consistent with the Livability Principles?<br />
  9. 9. Principle #1 –More Transportation Choices<br />Develop more convenient reliable, safe and economical transportation alternatives<br />Key strategies…<br />Broad goals…<br />Indicators of progress…<br />Lower HH Transportation Costs<br />Expand transit services<br />Transit trips per capita<br />Improve transit performance<br />Improved Public Health<br />% of commute trips by bicycle or foot<br />Increase % of new homes built near transit<br />Reduced Oil Dependence<br />VMT per capita<br />Increase % of new homes built near employment/activity centers<br />Improved Air Quality<br />Unique to this Principle<br />Reduced GHG Emissions<br />Shared by another principle<br />
  10. 10. PSC and Performance Measures<br />Focus attention<br />Promote accountability<br />Promote informed decision making<br />Transform discourse<br />Make funding contingent upon continued progress<br />Rural and urban difference<br />Pilot the use of performance measures in a subset of the communities receiving assistance<br />