Scientific American says today that the New York City is The Greenest Place in America
. They state that "The state of New York 'uses less energy, on a per capita basis, than any state in America.' The average New Yorker 'generates less than a third of the carbon emissions that the average American does.' And here's why: Yes, it houses 8.2 million citizens and uses an enormous amount of energy to do so. Its electrical load, more than 12,000 megawatts, is as large as all of Massachusetts. Yet because the buildings are dense and thus more efficiently heated and cooled, and because 85 percent of all trips in Manhattan are on foot, bike or transit, New York City uses dramatically less energy to serve each of its citizens than does a state like Massachusetts."
Time to buy a bicycle for my 6 mile commute.