Development of a framework for quantifying the environmental impacts of urban development and construction practices

K. E. Li, Peng Zhang, John C. Crittenden, Subhrajit Guhathakurta, Yongsheng Chen, Harindra Fernando, Anil Sawhney, Peter Mccartney, Nancy Grimm, Ramzy Kahhat, Himanshu Joshi, Goran Konjevod, Yu Jin Choi, Ernesto Fonseca, Braden Allenby, Daniel Gerrity, Paul M. Torrens

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Abstract

To encourage sustainable development, engineers and scientists need to understand the interactions among social decision-making, development and redevelopment, land, energy and material use, and their environmental impacts. In this study, a framework that connects these interactions was proposed to guide more sustainable urban planning and construction practices. Focusing on the rapidly urbanizing setting of Phoenix, Arizona, complexity models and deterministic models were assembled as a metamodel, which is called Sustainable Futures 2100 and were used to predict land use and development, to quantify construction material demands, to analyze the life cycle environmental impacts, and to simulate future ground-level ozone formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5130-5136
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume41
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry

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    Li, K. E., Zhang, P., Crittenden, J. C., Guhathakurta, S., Chen, Y., Fernando, H., Sawhney, A., Mccartney, P., Grimm, N., Kahhat, R., Joshi, H., Konjevod, G., Choi, Y. J., Fonseca, E., Allenby, B., Gerrity, D., & Torrens, P. M. (2007). Development of a framework for quantifying the environmental impacts of urban development and construction practices. Environmental Science and Technology, 41(14), 5130-5136. https://doi.org/10.1021/es062481d