Event COTE - Transportation and Land Use

May 6, 2021 - 5:30pm

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Transportation and Land Use: Development in Growth Corridors

The Austin Climate Equity Plan is our chance to prepare for the impacts of the climate crisis while redressing racial and other inequities in the city. The design, construction and real estate industry impacts climate and equity by what we build and where we build. This course will address challenges and opportunities of implementing the development in growth corridors goals of the Plan. Heather Houser will share insights from the Planet Texas 2050 climate initiative at UT Austin, discuss the importance of cultural knowledge and imagination in designing just climate futures for Austin. We will also be joined by Cole Kitten from Austin Transportation Department who will discuss practical implementation of the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the updated Transportation Criteria Manual and the role of the building design and construction industry in achieving the Plan goals.

Panelists

Heather Houser
Heather Houser
 writes about contemporary culture, the environment, and science and is Associate Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin. She's written two books: Infowhelm: Environmental Art & Literature in an Age of Data (2020) and Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect (2014). Her public writing has appeared in LitHub, New York Review of Books, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. She's a co-founder and former chair of Planet Texas 2050, an interdisciplinary climate resilience "grand challenge" at UT Austin.

Cole Kitten
Cole Kitten
is the Division Manager of the Systems Development Division in the Austin Transportation Department, responsible for long-range transportation planning and project development. Cole oversaw the completion of the city’s first comprehensive Transportation Plan, the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, which was adopted in April 2019 and included the Project Connect Long-Term Vision Plan. Cole is overseeing the implementation of the recently adopted Street Impact Fee, as well as the update of the City’s Transportation Criteria Manual, which will be open for public review in May and June. Cole has worked for the City of Austin for 15 years, including 5 years with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).

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