From the Sacramento Bee:
The University of California, Davis, was chosen this week in a national competition to lead an $11million federal study of how to reduce the impact America’s transportation system has on climate change – and to come up with ways to keep people moving when catastrophic climate events occur.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the Davis Institute for Transportation Studies will look into ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by the everyday movement of Americans to work, school and elsewhere. Federal officials say the national transportation system, mainly solo drivers in cars, accounts for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, which have been said to influence climate change, including extreme weather events such as hurricanes. Davis researchers will head a team with several other universities on the two-year project.
Davis officials said the grant will boost their ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of driving Californians do daily. The Davis institute will conduct the federal research program under the formal title of National Center for Sustainable Transportation.