Buildings and Energy: Addressing the Emissions Paradox in Boston, MA.:
How can Boston, MA advance energy justice and urban sustainability by addressing the Emissions Paradox?
What is the Emissions Paradox?
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Household energy consumption contributes to a significant portion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the U.S. In Boston, MA., important racial and socioeconomic factors shape a unique landscape of disparate household emissions, termed the Emissions Paradox.
The Emissions Paradox captures the parallel realities of White and Black household energy consumption and use. While White Americans are more likely to live in energy efficient homes than Black Americans, White households still use more energy and emit greater levels of GHGs than Black households. Despite this gap in energy use, Black Americans are spending more on home energy costs. These disparities can largely be attributed to structural forces that have cultivated differential housing quality, levels of homeownership, and wealth across racial groups in Boston, MA.