Madison suburbs exceed national average for carbon emissions

Newly released data shows that the farther people get from downtown Madison, the more greenhouse gases are being emitted, according to a report from The Capital Times.

The New York Times created an interactive map using the data that shows homes in the most densely populated areas of Madison’s isthmus contribute fewer greenhouse gases, on average, than homes in the rest of the city. It’s a trend repeated nationwide as major cities often have more public transportation available.

The Shorewood Hills and Regent neighborhoods of Madison rank higher than the national average for household emissions in all categories except transportation. Maple Bluff has “much higher” emissions than the national average, like areas farther from downtown including Cottage Grove, west Middleton, and portions of west Fitchburg.

Higher-income households also tend to produce more greenhouse gases because those residents travel more by plane and car, on average, and buy more emissions-producing items like appliances, vehicles, furnishings, and electronics.