Special Issue "Transportation and Sustainability"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jack Barkenbus
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment, USA
Website: http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/user/115713
E-Mail: jack.barkenbus@vanderbilt.edu
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Interests: climate change; sustainable development; energy; clean technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transportation practices have a major impact on our quest to create a more sustainable world, and automobile-dependent societies present particular challenges to sustainability.  Conventional wisdom is that increasing populations and economic growth will lead to more automobile dependence (and consequently, more carbon dioxide emissions), thereby exacerbating sustainability challenges.  However, recent studies have begun to challenge this wisdom. Goodwin (2012) has stated, “There is at the moment no strongly established common view about future growth in car use to the extent that was taken for granted in earlier decades.”*

This Special Issue is devoted to studies that examine forces impacting future automotive use.  Specifically, it is looking for studies that explore the relationship between car use and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions.  There are four separate ways to decrease the emissions associated with personal transportation: (1) decreasing reliance on automobiles for personal mobility; (2) reducing automotive distances travelled per year; (3) increasing the energy efficiency of our automobiles, and; (4) reducing the carbon emissions associated with transportation fuels.  This Special Issue welcomes articles that deal with any of the four methodologies, with special attention being given to whether current trends are structural in nature or just transitory phases in our long-term transportation future.

*Phil Goodwin (2012) “Peak Travel, Peak Car and the Future of Mobility: Evidence, Unresolved Issues, Policy Implications, and a Research Agenda” (discussion paper prepared for the Roundtable on Long-Run Trends in Travel Demand, International Transport Forum), 29-30 November.

Dr. Jack Barkenbus
Guest Editor


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  • vehicle miles traveled
  • car-sharing
  • electric vehicles
  • vehicle efficiency
  • mass-transit
  • greenhouse gas reductions
  • peak travel
  • demographic changes
  • low-carbon fuels
  • travel trends

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p. 7358-7387
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Sustainability 2014, 6(10), 7358-7387; doi:10.3390/su6107358
Received: 3 August 2014; in revised form: 7 October 2014 / Accepted: 14 October 2014 / Published: 23 October 2014
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p. 4877-4899
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Sustainability 2014, 6(8), 4877-4899; doi:10.3390/su6084877
Received: 21 May 2014; in revised form: 16 July 2014 / Accepted: 25 July 2014 / Published: 4 August 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(7), 4608-4631; doi:10.3390/su6074608
Received: 21 April 2014; in revised form: 3 July 2014 / Accepted: 16 July 2014 / Published: 23 July 2014
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