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
Tom Bowerman, Policy Interactive
Jordan Palmeri, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Kate White, California State Transportation Agency