Emissions Estimates for Personal Travel and Associations with the Built Environment

This project applies state-of-the-art emissions quantification methods to determine the marginal contribution of personal and household travel to greenhouse gas emissions from transportation systems.

The methods are novel in accounting for energy inputs in all formats (including human exertion), and in considering marginal (additional) emission impacts, rather than average-rate accounting methods which systematically under-represent the climate benefits of travel outside of private motor vehicles (see our recent work on this topic).  

The research is in partnership with TransLink and the “Where Matters: Health and GHG Impacts of Land Use, Transport & New Mobility” (WMII) research project (PI Dr. Larry Frank and Co-I Dr. Trevor Dummer), which is investigating how specific aspects of the built and natural environment jointly influence health and climate outcomes.