Life-cycle Energy Impacts of Transportation System Changes

This research will develop a methodology to assess the life-cycle energy impacts of changes to urban and regional transportation systems. This methodology will explain how embedded energy costs the transportation systems can potentially be captured and addressed in current regulations and policies. In addition, this methodology will be used to develop a preliminary life-cycle calculator tool to estimate the life-cycle consequences of transportation mode shares that result from varying policy.



Mikhail Chester, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University.  Dr. Chester evaluates environmental policy related to transportation, cities, and waste. His recent work in these fields has connected large human-built systems and their interactions with the natural environment to decisions that affect this interaction. The complexity of these systems requires multi-disciplinary problem solving for technical, social, political, and economic considerations. 


Louise Mozingo is Director of CREC, the Center for Resource Efficient Communities at UC Berkeley. Her academic research and creative work focuses on ecological design, landscape history, and social processes in public landscapes. Her particular concern is the planning and design of the urban public realm to produce environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

William Eisenstein is the Executive Director of the CREC.  His graduate career included extensive work and writing on urban sustainability, ecological design, ecological economics, and resource conservation planning.