Earth Day + Data: Local Governments Do Their Part
This weekend we celebrate 58 years of Earth Day in the U.S. Before the spring of 1970, there was no EPA, Clean Air Act, or Clean Water Act. Now, Americans are much more aware of environmental health issues and dozens of municipal governments across the U.S. proactively track measures of environmental health for citizens, such as miles of bike lanes, recycling locations, and carbon emissions.
The following is a list of Socrata customers from sea to shining sea whose open data sites share environmental data.
The NYC Department of Sanitation continues to work toward a goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030 by providing easy access to the location of public food scrap drop-off sites around the city.
The city of Austin continues to expand efforts to collect organic materials at the curb, including yard trimmings, food scraps, and other food-soiled paper, to properly compost at local facilities.
The Washington State government has collected data from both public and private compost facilities throughout the state to create a map allowing for easy drop-offs.
The city of Franklin, Tennessee provides visibility into the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings in the city — with the numbers moving in the right direction!
Oregon helps keep human-created garbage and waste out of rivers by allowing residents to adopt a river or support organizations that have adopted rivers already.
Prince George’s County in Maryland tracks the collection of trash and debris by various organizations and business during individual and group clean-up events.
As discussions and efforts to protect the environment and our Earth gain momentum, governments continue to provide insight and visibility into environmental activities taking place in their jurisdiction.
Get outside, make a difference, and celebrate Earth Day 2018!