CARB Research Seminar

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Identifying, Evaluating, and Selecting Indicators and Data for Tracking Land Use and Transportation-Related Trends Related to SB 375 Goals

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Paul Ong

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Gian-Claudia Sciara

Paul Ong, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles and Gian-Claudia Sciara, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

April 02, 2018
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA

Research Project


Tracking progress toward meeting the greenhouse gas reduction goals of SB 375 is important for ensuring that adopted sustainable communities strategies (SCSs) are helping the state achieve its climate change goals. This project represents the first step in creating a system for tracking and monitoring this progress.

For this project, the researchers identified and evaluated potential indicators that can be used to assess whether changes “on the ground” are consistent with SB 375 goals to reduce driving and therefore GHG emissions. This effort included taking stock of existing metrics and performance measures and assessing how current data sets can be used to construct useful information about sustainable land use and transportation planning progress. Researchers also worked with key stakeholders to hone in on a recommended set of indicators that were then tested via a pilot of the monitoring system for LA County. Finally, the project also included an exploration of the data sharing dynamics between local jurisdictions and MPOs to identify opportunities for improving the flow of information. A Caltrans-funded “Phase 2” of this project is currently underway, whereby the researchers are scaling up the indicators selected and piloted in this project to the statewide level.

Speaker Biography

Paul M. Ong, Ph.D., is Research Professor at UCLA's School of Public Affairs and director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge. He has done research on the labor market status of minorities and immigrants, displaced high-tech workers, work and spatial/transportation mismatch, environmental justice, and gentrification. He is currently engaged in several projects, including an analysis of the relationship between sustainability and equity, the racial wealth gap, and the role of urban structures on the reproduction of inequality.

Gian-Claudia Sciara, Ph.D., teaches at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she is Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning and Fellow of the Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation. She researches and writes about transportation and land use policy, planning, and decisionmaking, and regional transportation institutions are a longstanding focus of her work. Before joining the University of Texas, she was professional researcher at the University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

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