Graham Sustainability Institute

Livable Communities

Livable Communities

Project Summary

Livable communities are places that seek to balance economic and natural assets to meet the diverse needs of present and future residents. One important element of these communities is sustainable transportation: transportation that meets individuals' and business' needs safely, equitably, and efficiently, while minimizing impacts on human health and the environment.

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With a focus on the role of transportation, the Advancing Livable Communities through Sustainable Transportation Integrated Assessment (IA) asked:

What policies, interventions, innovations, and partnerships best enable urban areas to create more livable communities?

To answer this question, the Graham Sustainability Institute provided support for two separate research teams each working collaboratively with stakeholders and decision makers around this common theme. Their collective efforts resulted in the development of analytical approaches, data sets, tools, and policies for sustainable transportation and livable community interventions. Click on the project title links below to learn more about each project.

Project Teams

Bus and Bike - Image courtesy of Kinn Bikes
Richard Gonzalez – Institute for Social Research (PI)
David Chock – University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Electric vehicle - Image courtesy of WSDOT
Steve Underwood – University of Michigan-Dearborn (PI)
For more information, please contact Maggie Allan at (734) 763–0749 or
The Graham Sustainability Institute awarded a total of $300,000 to 2 project teams in 2012.