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Who is susceptible to inattention in electronic bills?

  • July 2021
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

This study examines the impact of e-billing on energy consumption for residential homes in Tallahassee, Florida. In particular, it addresses the question of whether some groups of people are more … Read more

Flooding and stormwater: how cities prepare for the future

  • May 2021
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

In this study, researchers analyzed guiding policy documents from six cities to catalog and compare their stormwater management strategies. Read the two-page journal brief here: Flooding and stormwater: how cities … Read more

Urban home gardening is associated with happiness

  • November 2020
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

This study measured people’s emotional well-being (EWB) while engaged in urban household gardening. The researchers directly measured EWB of home gardeners and compared their reported emotional affect across different activities, … Read more

How the built environment influences biking and walking

  • November 2020
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

Active travel—biking and walking instead of driving—is important to both public health and the environment. This study sought to understand the collective influence of built environment features, such as distance … Read more

Urban sprawl and its effect on nearby forests

  • November 2020
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

This study contributes new findings on the impacts of urban sprawl on functionality of nearby forests. Download the two-page journal brief here: Urban sprawl and its effect on nearby forests … Read more

Public interest in self-driving vehicles

  • November 2020
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

As improvements in automated vehicles (AVs) make them an increasingly viable mode of transportation, what types of people will use them? This journal brief summarizes results from two surveys that … Read more

Identifying Thresholds for When Built Environment Variables Affect Transportation CO2 Emissions

  • October 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

This journal brief explores the how thresholds related to built environment characteristics affect transportation-related CO2 emissions. Download the two-page journal brief. This brief is adapted from the following peer-reviewed journal … Read more

Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services

  • August 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

This journal brief explores the ecosystem services associated with different types of green infrastructure, conceptually mapping connections. Download the two-page journal brief. This brief is adapted from the following peer-reviewed … Read more

Comparing Urban Food Systems

  • August 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

How do food systems and their sustainability impacts vary across cities? This journal brief summarizes the results of a study on nine Indian cities, which found substantial differences between local … Read more

Advances and Challenges in Urban Green Infrastructure

  • August 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Patricia Culligan

This brief reports findings from an article considering multiple years of green infrastructure (GI) work in New York City as a basis to review the role that GI systems can … Read more

Making Strategic Investments in Bike Share Stations to Increase Usage

  • August 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Jueyu Wang and Greg Lindsey

Does the installation of more bike share stations increase use of the system among members? If so, is the effect the same for all members, in all areas of the … Read more

Using Twitter to Measure Wellbeing in Parks and Urban Green Space

  • August 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Richard Plunz et al.

This brief reports findings from a study offering an exploration of how social media, and in particular twitter, can be used to evaluate social behavior in public spaces. It tries … Read more

Vacancy and Mobility Implications of Informal Footpaths in Shrinking Cities

  • August 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Alec Foster and Josh Newell

This journal brief shares findings from a study that documents and considers the implications of informal footpaths, also known as desire lines, in the Lower Eastside area of Detroit. Using … Read more

Reviewing Stormwater Utility Fees for Efficiency, Equity, Adequacy and Feasibility

  • April 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Jerry Zhao, Camila Fonseca, and Raihana Zeerak

Stormwater utility fees (SUFs) are on the rise among US municipalities. What do local decision makers need to know about SUFs and how should they be thinking about SUFs in … Read more

Distributed Electricity-Based Heating Systems and Renewable Energy Scenario Planning

  • April 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Shengxi Yuan, Wendell Stainsby, Mo Li, Kewei Xu, Michael Waite, Dan Zimmerle, Richard Feiock, Anu Ramaswami, Vijay Modi

As residential heating converts from natural gas-based to electricity-based systems, can enough renewable energy be generated locally to meet most, if not all, of increased electricity demand? This study uses … Read more

Understanding the Social Benefits of Community Gardens in East Harlem

  • April 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Nada Petrovic, Troy Simpson, Ben Orlove, and Bryan Dowd-Uribe

This study is motivated by an interest in understanding whether an ecosystem services perspective on community gardens (heat island mitigation, food cultivation, etc.) can be combined with attention to the … Read more

Resource Requirements of Inclusive Urban Development in India

  • September 2018
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Ajay Nagpure and Anu Ramaswami

What are the energy and resource requirements of equitable and inclusive urban development? Understanding the resource requirements of developing more inclusive cities in India is the focus of this paper. … Read more

Can Local Food Production Meet Household Demand? A Look at 377 US Metros

  • August 2018
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Peter Nixon and Anu Ramaswami

What food is already being produced in and around cities in the United States? How does current food production in a given metropolitan area compare to household demand for key … Read more

Electric, Autonomous, and Shared Vehicle Technology Adoption

  • August 2018
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Neil Quarles and Kara Kockelman

With the ongoing advancement of electric, autonomous, and shared vehicle technologies, how readily will Americans adopt these technologies, and what are their opinions towards them? A survey of 1,426 adult … Read more

Urban Tree Pit Design Factors for Stormwater Management Performance

  • July 2018
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Robert Elliott, Elizabeth Adkins, Patricia Culligan, Matthew Palmer

Street trees in the urban environment provide important ecosystem services including stormwater management, reducing pollutant discharges and flooding by lessening surface runoff. Does the design of an urban tree pit … Read more

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