This work explores the carbon-neutrality potential of the Adirondack State Park. This report finds that while the park currently offsets 30% of annual emissions, further intervention is needed to achieve carbon neutrality or make the area carbon negative. Research focuses on one area of emissions, home energy use, and seeks to quantify the status quo and suggest potential alternatives. Ethnographic interviews are used to establish obstacles to renewable energy implementation. A theoretical model is created that outlines one potential energy mix for home energy use that can serve the region. Given the economic status of residents, interventions suggested are intended to be feasible and socially beneficial as well as environmentally sound.
Herrera, Gabriel, "Envisioning a Renewable Energy Future for the Adirondack State Park" (2014). Summer Research Fellowships. 2.