Placing Transportation in Urban Metabolism

CCSC Director Dr. Stephanie Pincetl was invited by the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Davis to present a lunchtime talk on April 5, 2013. Dr. Pincetl presented the Center’s Urban Metabolism (UM) research, specifically transportation’s role in the analysis.

Some key points from the presentation include:

  • Transportation is a part of the larger urban metabolism.
  • It requires infrastructure that has not only present costs, but life cycle costs and it embodies huge energy and materials investments.
  • Transportation systems are often creators of path dependencies and are then created by those same path dependencies.
  • True costs are rarely evaluated. Urban Metabolism can start doing so

The presentation also included updates on other ongoing water, electricity, and solid waste research.

To view the presentation, click here.