U of A MPA/PUBP graduate student policy analysis presentation at Fayetteville City Hall

As part of “service learning” practice for PADM 5913 Policy Analysis, a team of our MPA/PUBP graduate students (Monica Cooper (MPA), Chris Main (MPA), Isa Makhmudov (MPA), and SeRena Hill (PUBP PHD)) will have a policy analysis presentation on the following policy topic on Tuesday, December 12, 2-3 PM in Room 111 at Fayetteville City Hall (113 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR 72701). You are cordially invited to this exciting event.
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Residential Energy Code (Client: Leif Olson, Long Range Planner, City of Fayetteville)
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The City of Fayetteville periodically updates our residential building energy code to make single family dwellings more energy efficient. The City currently utilizes the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) building standards for all new single family construction. The IECC code is updated every three years with subsequent codes working off of the energy efficiencies mandated in the previous code. The City is interested in an analysis that compares the costs associated with updating to the 2012 and 2015 IECC for a standard-sized home with the energy savings that will be realized over time. This analysis may be utilized by staff and elected officials when considering a code update in the future. An analysis should attempt to answer the following questions:
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  • What are other cities in the state of Arkansas utilizing for their residential energy code? What are peer cities of a similar size nationwide utilizing for their residential energy code?
  • What is the added cost incurred by the builder/developer for increased energy efficiency requirements in the 2012 and 2015 IECC compared with the existing 2009 code?
  • What are the individual construction elements standards that are changed between versions of the IECC, and what are the costs associated with these changes for a standard sized home?
  • What changes, if any, have been made to the various compliance paths?
  • What are the energy savings that will be realized by the homeowner, amortized over time, to offset the construction costs of the additional energy efficiency construction methods suggested by the updated resident energy code?

U of A MPA graduate student policy analysis presentatoin at Fayetteville City Hall

As part of “service learning” practice for PADM 5913 Policy Analysis, a team of our MPA graduate students (Briana Hyman, Madeline Olander, E. Lee Shoultz, and Kallie Tanner) will have a policy analysis presentation on the following policy topic next Thursday, December 7, 10 AM – 12 PM, in Room 111 at Fayetteville City Hall (113 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR 72701). You are cordially invited to this exciting event.


Transportation Demand Management (Client: Justin Clay, Parking Manager, City of Fayetteville)

The City of Fayetteville uses many zoning best practices for a compact, walkable downtown, including parking maximums for all development, no parking minimums for non-residential development, residential development parking reductions (for proximity to transit and inclusion of bicycle/scooter parking) and bicycle parking requirements. The City is interested in an analysis to determine additional Transportation Demand Management (TDM) practices that could potentially be integrated into the City’s zoning code to reflect a more progressive approach to parking provisions while continuing to support the Downtown’s businesses and character. Specifically, some of the questions we would like to have answers for include:

  • What policies, infrastructure, or cultural changes are needed to support the shared use of district-wide parking resources in the Downtown Business and Entertainment Districts and how will these policies spread the demand across the entire parking system?
  • What TDM practices have peer cities implemented?
  • How do you propose to balance TDM practices aimed at reducing single-passenger vehicular traffic with the perceived need for additional parking associated with any given development?
  • What are the benefits of implementing TDM practices?
  • What incentives are available for developers to voluntarily implement TDM practices?

Greetings!

I am Geoboo Song, an associate professor of political science and public policy at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. My academic career has been involved in scholarly research that has both theoretical and practical implications for advancing public policy studies. My general research interests lie in the systemic explanation of the variations in individuals’ perceptions of policy problems, their policy preferences and their behaviors under certain policy arrangements within highly contentious and controversial domains. Specifically, I have been intrigued by the ontological and epistemological nature of various risks, the different ways individual members of society interpret and perceive risks, and the related impact on society in general and certain individuals and groups in particular. My previous works have been published in highly regarded journals in the field of my aforementioned research interest, such as Policy Studies Journal(PSJ), Risk AnalysisPolitical Psychology, and Social Science Quarterly(SSQ), to list a few. In addition, through collaborative policy research for public and non-profit entities, including the US Department of Energy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, the Northwest Arkansas Council, and the City of Fayetteville (AR), I have had extensive involvement in applied research projects in a wide range of policy issues, including childhood vaccination, global climate change, nuclear energy, environmental regulations, and juvenile delinquency. I regularly teach graduate courses in politics of risk, research methods and applied statistics, and David Weimer-style policy analysis.