Archive for the ‘New York City’ Category
Got this from Treehugger and thought it was very interesting, particularily #3. I wonder what the stats would be for Montreal?
1. The average Manhattan resident consumes just 90 gallons of gasoline per year — a figure Owen reminds us that wasn’t the norm in the rest of the nation since the 1920s (!).
2. New Yorkers consume far less electricity than everyone else in the United States: 4,700 kWh per year versus 11,000 kWh on average in the rest of the country. I even think that NYC stat is slightly high, based on what I’ve seen coming out of Con Ed, but in any case… If New York City were ranked as a state it would have the lowest per-capita energy use in the nation.
3. NYC accounts for nearly one-third of all public transit miles traveled in the US. 82% of Manhattan residents travel to work by public transit, bicycle, or foot — ten times the rate for the rest of the nation, eight times that of Los Angeles and sixteen times that of Atlanta.
4. The Big Apple boasts the lowest rate of automobile ownership in the nation: 54% of households in the city as a whole don’t own a car, with 77% of Manhattanites car-less.
5. Talk about lowering you carbon footprint: New Yorkers have the smallest carbon footprint in the nation — 7.1 metric tons versus about 20 metric tons average for the nation, with manhattanites have even lower than the city as a whole. That figure compares favorably with those normal in Europe and Japan, by the way.