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Urban Metabolism: Integrated Analysis Tool for Sustainable Cities

The image above visually models an urban area where sustainability indices can be plotted and analyzed. The darker red areas indicate density of built infrastructure where energy consumption and atmospheric emissions may be more significant. UMass Amherst green building expert Simi Hoque (Building and Construction Technology program, Department of Environmental Conservation) has received an NSF CAREER award to develop an urban metabolism analysis tool which will measure, evaluate and predict the impacts of energy, water and land use, waste management and transportation systems at an urban scale. The tool will help urban planners and policymakers guide growth and development in a coordinated, sustainable way. Cities today account for almost two-thirds of the world’s primary energy demand, which calls for a comprehensive understanding of urban sustainability policies to address climate change and energy security. Learn more.

Image credit: Hoque Research Group