Hestia Software Measures Urban Carbon Dioxide Emissions

This short video describes the Hestia project - a software tool and data model that provide visualizations of localized CO2 emissions from residential, commercial, and vehicle levels, as well as day versus night comparisons, in the city of Indianapolis.

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Kevin Gurney
ASU Global Institute of Sustainability

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Teaching Tips

If doing a carbon footprint project in class, have students view the video after they have determined their own carbon footprint and then compare and contrast the two types of carbon footprints in terms of use, information conveyed, value etc.

This is a powerful tool to identify high-leverage actions to reduce emissions and to help urban planners and citizens understand the impact of their decisions and actions on CO2 emissions.

Educator might want to consider viewing the video using link: [link http://hestia.project.asu.edu/newsroom.shtml] where there is a news article or [link http://hestia.project.asu.edu/uploads/Gurney.ES&T.2012.pdf] to support implementing this software/tool.