Energy and Urbanization

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

The Atlanta Regional Commission forecasts that the 20-county Atlanta region will grow to 8.3 million residents by 2040 from a base of 5.5 million in 2010. Atlanta is similar to many urban areas around the world as populations move to cities for employment and “enhanced” quality of life.

Urbanization can bring benefits – accelerating innovation, collaboration and the wider distribution of economic development and the prosperity that follows. But if managed poorly, urbanization could lead to declining quality of life, greater environmental degradation, accelerating greenhouse gas emissions, and social stresses.  In addition, the shift to urban living will intensify demand for resources including water, food and energy.  Globally, Shell Energy estimates that 66 percent of energy was consumed in urban environments in 2010 and by 2040 around 80 percent of energy will be consumed in cities.  (For reference, see New Lenses on Future Cities, Shell Energy, 2014)

On Wednesday, April 29, plan to join an important discussion on urbanization and energy use.

Jane Hayse, Director, Center for Livable Communities, Atlanta Regional Commission

Jane leads and coordinates efforts among four divisions of metro Atlanta’s regional planning agency: Community Development, Natural Resources, Research & Analytics and Transportation Accessibility & Mobility.

In 1989, Jane joined the regional planning agency and has led ARC’s transportation planning division since 1998, coordinating the development of the Atlanta region’s $61 billion long-range transportation plan. Prior to that, she worked in Cobb County’s Planning and Zoning Department and for the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. She has served in many local and national leadership positions in her field and has received numerous awards, including the 2008 National Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Metropolitan Transportation Planning by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. She is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership and the Regional Leadership Institute.

Ann Xu,  Research Engineer, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ann’s research focuses on emissions and energy analysis and policy evaluation. Her research cuts across a broad range of transportation engineering, from travel behavior, emissions, to safety, with an explicit emphasis on sustainability.

From 2006 to 2010, Ann analyzed second-by-second vehicle activity data to evaluate the effectiveness of mileage-based pricing policies. She led the report to the Georgia Department of Transportation on the impact of value pricing on household travel behavior. She has developed the report to EPA on idle and emissions reduction of Cobb County School buses. In addition, Ann is the lead author of the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit Fleet Fuel and Emissions Calculator (FEC) in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which assesses the impacts of purchase and operations decisions of alternative fuel and drivetrain transit systems on life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Ann has a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with minor in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her undergraduate degrees are in Environmental Science and Statistics from Peking University.

Matt Cox, Buildings Energy Efficiency Project Manager, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Matt works to help Atlanta eliminate energy waste and capture cost-effectiveenergy efficiency opportunities through the development of policies and programs that strengthen the City’s overall sustainability goals. Currently, he is Senior Advisor to the City Energy Project, which aims to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings in ten cities across the United States, Matt is also the Chair of the City Advisors Network where he assists with the development of the climate action plan and the annual greenhouse gas inventories.

Matt has a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a focus on energy and the environment from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  In addition, he has a M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from the University of Dayton.

Participants can attend for free in person at the Hodges Room in the Centergy Building on Georgia Tech’s campus or via Webinar.



Planning for the Atlanta Region: Thinking Big and Taking the Long View- Jane Hayse

Energy and Emissions Implications of Transportation Modes – Ann Xu

Managing Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Urban Buildings – Matt Cox

Find Us

The regular venue for the Series is the Hodges Room in Tech Square:

Centergy One
75 5th Street, NW; Hodges Room
Atlanta, GA 30308