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10.12.2012

GRAPHIC PROGRAM SHOWS A CITY'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

What if there was a software that could give graphic visualizations of the estimated Co2 emissions across a city?  What if it could also show emissions during peak driving times and show residential as well as commercial buildings?  

Wouldn't this assist a City's policymakers to make decisions about how to better reduce carbon emissions?  

The software developed and being tested in the City of Indianapolis can do provides this graphic data through a software called Hestia. The data tool uses sources such as local air pollution reports, traffic counts and tax assessor parcel information to combine information into a modeling system that quantifies carbon dioxide emissions at both individual building and street segments.  The video below shows how changes over a period of a day, as well as seasonal changes impact the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.  



The project is expected to also be tested in Los Angeles and Phoenix.  See this website for more information. 






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