Over on Treehugger, Larch Lab’s Michael Eliason has an article outlining some of the notable highlights from the built environment chapters of the IPCC’s Working Group III report on climate change mitigation.
Larch Lab’s Eliason live-tweeted his reading of the IPCC’s chapters on urban systems, buildings, and transportation. While much of the report wasn’t surprising – we know what we need to do, we just need to actually do it (and rapidly) – it did elevate the importance of how we are incorporating its findings into our own work. Eliason’s article also highlights what we are calling the ‘five Cs’:
- Compactness (cities and buildings for more walkable, car-optional neighborhoods)
- Carbon Lock-in (avoiding it!)
- Curbing Car-centricity
We are looking forward to the robust discussions about housing, livability, and qualities of urbanity that we can improve by incorporating and prioritizing the pathways identified in the IPCC’s report. If you’re interested in discussing these issues, or other issues around decarbonized buildings, family-friendly housing, and climate adaptation – please contact us.