Friday, March 23rd, 2012

NYC Energy Use Infographic

The Guardian data blog is running a very cool interactive infographic of energy use by block in New York City. Apparently it originated at the Modi Research Group at Columbia University. Here’s a non-interactive screen shot to whet your appetite:

Topics: Sustainability
Cities: New York

4 Responses to “NYC Energy Use Infographic”

  1. James Ratner says:

    Two comments:
    _Choropleth vs. graduated symbols
    Because percentages are not the unit of measurement for this map, graduated symbols would have been the better choice for displaying the data.

    _Meter usage and density vs. “energy” use by block
    Instead of use, shouldn’t a map of this topic measure “efficiency” instead? For example, having data on meter use and density may reveal that while 10 E 28 St (I used to be on the management team for this particular property) uses between 1750 – 2500 kWh per m2, it might be doing so more efficiently because 416 households live in that property (6 kWh per m2 per household) while 1-3 households may live in the tan to yellow area (180 kWh per m2 divided by 3 = 60 kWh per m2 per household).

  2. Ed says:

    It would be interesting to map over population by block as well to see what per capita energy use looks like by block in NYC as well

  3. Jason says:

    Absolutely without a doubt, per capita energy use should have been the focus.

    This makes it look like Manhattan is an energy hog, even though it’s probably the most energy efficient place in the county.

  4. xmal says:

    Seriously! Same goes for crime maps. They never take into account density.

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