Dynamhex has estimated the total greenhouse gas emissions using a bottom-up methodology that computes all uses of energy and resources that collectively make up the emissions footprint for the city. This includes liquid fuel usage in transportation, electricity and fuel uses in homes, offices and other structures, as well as information from the power providers in the types of fuels they consume to generate electric power. The data is specific to Roeland Park and is updated on an annual basis to show progress that is being made toward our goals.
In addition to Citywide emissions tracking, the tool allows residents to drill down to their address and see their personal carbon footprint, along with strategies to reduce emissions in their home and vehicle. Residents will also be able to customize their personal output. For example, if a resident drives an electric vehicle, they can update the data to reflect that.
City staff have been working with the principal engineer at Dynamhex to increase the usability of the platform so that it is easily accessible to the public. We are also in the process of finalizing a "how to" video, FAQ and overview to Dynamhex which will be hosted on the City's website. We expect to launch the platform to the public on February 1, 2021 so stay tuned for future announcements.