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Since Cambridge, MA is the home of MIT, the city serves as a test bed for many new technologies, for good or ill.  As Cambridge is also a famously active political and environmental community, the citizens also start their own initiatives.  Here are some of the projects that I know of, an incomplete list I am sure:

solar map of every roof in the city -

thermal scans of every building -
Another complete thermal scanning of all the buildings in Cambridge was done by MIT’s Sanjay Sarma

energy analysis of many of the city’s buildings by GreenAnalytix -
"Minimal Input Data:  Our algorithms require just three easily obtained inputs: GIS, climate, and monthly utility bill data.
"Cloud-Based Energy Modeling:  Our cloud-based platform can perform thermal efficiency simulations for millions of buildings in just a few hours.
"Targeting and Scenario Planning:  We provide recommendations of buildings to prioritize and which upgrade options are most cost-effective.”

upcoming inventory of all natural gas leaks in Cambridge and Somerville - you can learn more and contribute to this project at

extensive online air quality monitoring of MIT’s campus -

mapping of street greenery, bike accidents, and coffee shops - Media Lab “You Are Here” project
This project has mapped 11 other cities (NYC has the most different data sets)

Originally posted to gmoke on Sun May 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM PDT.

Also republished by The KETI Program.


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