If you are feeling smug that the carbon footprint of your NYC apartment is sooooooo much better than those with McMansions out in the suburbs, you may feel even better after reading this article: Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You in this weekend's NYTimes.
The environmental damage done by the suburbs is well put forth here, but they are working on it in really cool ways:
"Since 2005, the mayors of hundreds of suburban communities across America have pledged to meet or even beat the emissions goals set by the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty to reduce greenhouse emissions."
That doesn't let us city kids off the hook however, and, in a way, we get too easy a pass from this article. As anyone who has flown into one of our major cities knows, the glowing urban grid is a big toxic mark on the earth and there is a ton that needs to be done to make our tall buildings more efficient and more intelligent for long, long term habitation.