ADUs as a Sustainability Solution

Nov 03 2017
4:00 pm
Concurrent Session

Paul McDougall

California Department of Housing and Community Development

Jordan Palmeri

Oregon Department of
Environmental Quality

Robert Liberty

Portland State University
Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS)

ADUs as a Sustainability Solution

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be an important sustainability strategy for cities seeking to protect the environment for their citizens and meet greenhouse gas reduction targets.  Because ADUs are often much smaller than average American homes, they use less land, material and energy to build, and use less energy to heat and cool.  ADUs also increase development density in residential neighborhoods, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions from car trips and increases more efficient public transit use.  This session’s speakers will share their perspectives on how ADUs can both allow for and encourage sustainable living for individual families and whole cities.

Moderator: Robert Liberty, Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Speakers:

Jordan Palmeri, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Paul McDougall, California Department of Housing and Community Development