Professor Kelly Clifton from the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland will give a talk entitled “Activity and Travel Choice Models – Extensions for Evaluating Energy Consumption.”  Details included below.

Time: March 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Location: New East Building, Room 102 on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill

Directions: Visit
http://www.planning.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75&Itemid=23
for directions to New East.

This talk focuses on some recent research into activity and transportation choice models and the potential extension of these models to understand of household energy consumption to meet residential and transportation needs. The first part of the talk examines the decision to engage in an activity in the home or outside of the home using an individual-level, binary choice model that estimates the choice of activity location as a function of personal characteristics, activity attributes and the land use and transportation system characteristics. Many models of human activity only focus on out-of-home activities because the travel incurred to reach the activity is the primary interest. However, it is important to consider the full complement of daily activities and their location in order to understand the phenomena influencing these choices and the potential for substitution. The second
part of the talk will discuss how these models and results might fit into a larger framework to understand the direct energy consumption patterns of households and implications for policy.

This lecture is part of a Brownbag Seminar Series sponsored by the Carolina Transportation Program (CTP).  CTP is an  interdisciplinary research and education program  affiliated with the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Please visit http://ctp.unc.edu  for more information on this program.