05 Feb '12, 4pm

Interactive Map Breaks Down NYC's Energy Use, Block by Block

Michael Bloomberg has big plans for how to turn New York City into a shining example of sustainable urbanism , but the more fanciful (and awesome) parts of his plans can't go forward without a solid grounding in practical information. This map should do a lot to fill the gap: It breaks down energy consumption in the Big Apple, block by block, by quantity and use. The map was produced as part of a study by Bianca Howard, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor Vijay Modi . The purpose of the map is to help urban planners and policy makers understand what the lay of the land is- how energy is used and where things can be improved. Even a casual perusal of the map shows that the dominant energy use in most of the city, outside the highest energy consumption areas (like the Financial Distric...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-efficiency/mapping-nycs-...

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