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Automobile Path Dependence in Phoenix: Driving Sustainability by Getting Off of the Pavement and Out of the Car


Abstract A methodology is developed that integrates institutional analysis with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to identify and overcome barriers to sustainability transitions and to bridge the gap between environmental practitioners and decisionmakers. LCA results are rarely joined with analyses of the social systems that control or influence decisionmaking and policies. As a result, LCA conclusions generally lack information about who or what controls different parts of the system, where and when the processes' environmental decisionmaking happens, and what aspects of the system (i.e. a policy or regulatory requirement) would have to change to enable lower environmental impact futures. The value of the combined institutional analysis and LCA (the ... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Kimball, Mindy Anne (Author) / Chester, Mikhail (Advisor) / Allenby, Braden (Committee member) / Golub, Aaron (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Transportation planning / Institutional Analysis / Life Cycle Assessment / Metropolitan Transportation Systems
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 208 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Sustainability 2014
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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