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Title: Planning for Resilient Communities through Urban Design and Transportation Systems


This talk will draw upon two new books by Professor John L. Renne that address creating resilient communities. Adaptation Urbanism and Resilient Communities: Transforming Streets to Address Climate Change (2021) outlines and explains adaptation urbanism as a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating resilience projects in cities and relates it to pressing contemporary policy issues related to urban climate change mitigation and adaptation. In Creating Resilient Transportation Systems: Policy, Planning and Implementation (2022) the authors demonstrate how the transportation sector is a leading producer of carbon emissions that result in climate change and extreme weather disruptions and disasters. The book assesses the short and long-term impacts of transportation systems on the natural environment at local, regional and global scales, examines transportation systems in relation to risk, vulnerability, adaptation, mitigation, sustainability, climate change and livability, and shows how urban transportation investments in transit, walking and bicycling result in significantly lower per capita carbon emissions when compared to investing in sprawling, automobile dependent regions. In this talk Professor Renne will highlight the importance of the street, where carbon emissions are actually generated, and the importance of rethinking space to reduce carbon, make streets safer, healthier, and address impacts of climate change. This talk will highlight case studies from Copenhagen, Rotterdam, London, New Orleans, and Miami.


John L. Renne is an alumnus of the University of Colorado at Boulder (ENVD, ’99) and Denver (MURP, ’00). His doctorate is from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University (’05). He is a Professor and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He is best known as a global expert on transit-orient development (TOD). His work focuses on land use and transportation infrastructure, including resilience. In recent years, he has led interdisciplinary projects that embrace emerging technology, including big data, virtual reality, and the development of a mobility apps on projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Dr. Renne is also a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Priority Funds, which focuses on investing in sustainable and walkable commercial real estate across the United States. He is the creator of the Renne-Greschner TOD Index® that tracks the values of homes and apartments in TODs across the U.S. and he was the Managing Director of the TOD Group, LLC and the Denver TOD Fund, LLC, which was the recent owner and master developer of the Clear Creek Transit Village, located at 60th and Federal Blvd.


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