Previous efforts by ARC to quantify greenhouse gas emissions focused on the regional level, with little detail about how community characteristics impact emissions directly. This study calculates the Atlanta region’s contribution to climate change, as measured by GHG emissions produced by transportation and household energy use, at a community scale.
With improved knowledge of how planning and development decisions impact GHG emissions throughout the Atlanta region, planners, policy-makers and citizens can make more informed decisions for future growth. Communities with sustainability goals that include GHG mitigation should consider the key findings in this report when drawing up future changes to land use and transportation plans. GHG emissions should be included as an important component of any future planning work.
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