Matt Kuharic ’02 Explains To NY Times How His County Studies Consumption Patterns To Reduce Climate Impact

13 December 2022

New York Times

Households in denser neighborhoods close to city centers tend to be responsible for fewer planet-warming greenhouse gases, on average, than households in the rest of the country. Residents in these areas typically drive less because jobs and stores are nearby and they can more easily walk, bike or take public transit. And they’re more likely to live in smaller homes or apartments that require less energy to heat and cool.

Moving further from city centers, average emissions per household typically increase as homes get bigger and residents tend to drive longer distances. […to last paragraph]

“Usually, communities focus on things like transportation and buildings, because those are the biggest sources of emissions,” said Matt Kuharic, the King County climate change program coordinator. “But if you look at consumption-based emissions you see that other sources can have a big footprint, like food. Having that data makes it easier to justify tackling that as part of our climate strategy.”

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