Monday, January 18, 2016

Mapping New York's Greenhouse Emissions

New York City wants a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 2030. To meet this target the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan requires the benchmarking of energy and water consumption for tax lots with single properties that have over 50,000 square feet of floor space, and tax lots with multiple properties where there is over 100,000 square feet of floor area. These buildings account for nearly half of NYC's energy use.

The New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions map visualizes the energy disclosure data of these single properties. The buildings are color coded on the map by the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions they produce. You can also hover over the buildings on the map to view the exact figure relating to the greenhouse gas emissions emitted. Hovering over a building also reveals the owner and age of the building.

The creator of the map, Jill Hubley, points out that a cluster of buildings in Midtown Manhattan are generating high greenhouse gas emissions. She also points to a number of buildings owned by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) which are producing high emissions.

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