Mapping Green Power Possibilities
ESRI is a California-based company that offers a mapping software called ArcGIS, which has a wide range of uses. ESRI is an industry leader in the field of GIS (geographic information systems) software. Industries from education to the military use this software for their mapping needs. Environmental uses of this software include modeling distributions of endangered species, keeping track of habitat shifts, predicting land cover and location of natural resources, and monitoring water quality. ArcGIS has now been used to develop a green energy tool called the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont
, which was released on Earth Day this year.
This inventive green software application maps current and future green energy projects in a visual, user-friendly format. The Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont makes it easy for residents of Vermont, or any other interested parties, to view maps of existing renewable energy installations such as biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and wind. Users can also use this program to plan the best locations for future green electricity projects. According to an ESRI press release, "The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Fountains Spatial, and Overit Media collaborated to develop the atlas in hopes of moving the state's renewable energy projects from concept to reality. ESRI provided professional service support."
The collaboration on such a project to bring more green power to the state is not a surprise in a state like Vermont, where many people are striving to make the state more sustainable. Vermont lawmakers hope to close an old nuclear plant in the next few years, and there is a movement amongst constituents and gubernatorial candidates alike to fill the void with green energy installments. The state of Vermont's commitment to green power can also be seen through the membership of many of its sustainable businesses and colleges in the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership. Villanti & Sons Printers, Inc, Middlebury College, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters are a few of Vermont's leaders in reducing their carbon footprints.