New research shows that different neighborhoods in Chester County have vastly different climate impacts, write Nadja Popovich, Mira Rojanasakul, and Brad Plumer for The New York Times.
The University of California research produced by EcoDataLab consulting firm estimates what are known as consumption-based emissions.
It showed that households in denser neighborhoods that are closer to city centers are on average responsible for fewer planet-warming greenhouse gases. In these neighborhoods, residents typically drive less since their jobs and stores are closer to them. They are also more likely to live in smaller homes or apartments that do not need as much energy to heat and cool.
Meanwhile, households further from city centers typically produce more average emissions as homes get larger and the distances residents need to drive increases.
In Chester County, the areas where emissions are much higher than the national average include Chester Springs, West Pikeland, Eagle, Birmingham Township, and Chesterbrook, among others.
Towns where emissions are about the same as the national average include Downingtown, West Chester, West Goshen, and Modena.
Finally, local areas with emissions that are lower than the national average are areas such as Coatesville and Phoenixville, among others.
Read more about the climate impact of your neighborhood in The New York Times.