Growing Wealthier
Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity

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Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and American Prosperity
By Chuck Kooshian and Steve Winkelman for the Center for Clean Air Policy, January 2011.

With the pace of economic recovery uncertain and the real estate market still uneven, developers, policy makers and transportation professionals seek information to guide their investments. At the same time, market analysis reveals pent-up demand for walkable communities driven by demographic changes poised to transform the real estate industry. In CCAP’s comprehensive new report, Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity, written by Chuck Kooshian and Steve Winkelman, we consider ten common-sense principles that can help guide new development in ways that respond to emerging market demand and bolster the economy. We find that an inclusive planning process following smart growth principles that yields more walkable neighborhoods with broader options for housing and transportation can help communities, businesses and individuals make money, save money and improve quality of life.

Charles Kooshian, Senior Transportation Policy Analyst

Charles Kooshian

Charles (Chuck) Kooshian, Senior Transportation Policy Analyst, has more than twenty years experience in transportation and land use planning for regional and local government. Chuck is the lead author of Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity (CCAP 2011).

Chuck evaluates transportation policy alternatives and their effects on GHG emissions, governmental planning processes and institutional coordination issues. He has analyzed the cost effectiveness of various land use and transportation measures to reduce GHG emissions and the data needs for monitoring and performance evaluation. He led a study to examine barriers hindering state and local governments from implementing climate change mitigation projects.

 During the preparation of Growing Wealthier he became interested in measuring how urban form affects the economic and other benefits that a city provides to households, businesses and governments. Before joining CCAP Chuck developed travel demand models for public and private use in California , Michigan , Florida and Texas . He also worked as a long range comprehensive land use planner in El Paso , Texas where he managed the Open Space and Green Infrastructure Planning process and facilitated the adoption of the Smart Code. As a land use planner he was particularly concerned with how the selection and planning of transportation projects has long-term effects on land use. As a member of the Joint Action Committee for the Improvement of Air Quality in the Paso del Norte Basin, he formulated recommendations for cooperative actions to reduce pollution along the U.S. – Mexico border region.

Chuck holds an MS in Urban and Environmental Systems from Florida International University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Steve Winkelman, Director of the Transportation and Adaptation Programs

Steve Winkelman

Steve Winkelman, Director of the Transportation and Adaptation Programs, has 20 years of experience in the transportation, energy and environmental fields. He assists government officials with policy design, implementation and evaluation in the U.S. and abroad. Steve is the co-author of Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity (CCAP 2011) and a co-author of Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change (ULI 2008).

Steve has successfully focused policy attention on the importance and cost-effectiveness of slowing growth in travel demand to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, popularized with his phrase, “Sidewalks are as sexy as hybrids.” He crafted and generated broad support for an incentive program to reduce transportation GHGs, and for recommendations to improve travel data and modeling in support of performance-based policy.

Steve has testified to four Congressional committees on these topics. He developed the CCAP Transportation Emissions Guidebook with tools for quantifying savings from vehicles, fuels and travel efficiency. Steve also directed the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative, helping local governments to “Ask the Climate Question” when making infrastructure and land use decisions.

Prior to joining CCAP, Steve managed ICF’s Climate Wise industrial energy efficiency program for the US EPA. At Argonne National Laboratory he designed, built and tested a magnetically levitated vehicle (maglev). Steve is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Sustainable Transport Committee. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Michigan and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Steve lives in Montréal.

About CCAP

Since 1985, CCAP has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, non-profit think-tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world to develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both envi-ronmental and economic interests. For more information about CCAP, please visit

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