ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota cities are using data on their energy use to help reduce their impact on the environment.
They've joined the Regional Indicators Initiative, which aims to help cities determine whether their environmental measures are really working.
Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/SQwk8B ) that 23 cities representing a quarter of Minnesota's population are turning to data through the initiative, a project funded by the state and the Urban Land Institute of Minnesota.
The project has data from 2008 onward that include vehicle miles traveled, waste generation, water use, and the amount of electricity, natural gas and other fuels being used by everyone within city limits.
Cities will need several years of data to decide what new policies or actions will help them reach the next level of being green.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org