Date of Award

Fall 1-7-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Peter Marcotullio

Second Advisor

Carson Farmer

Academic Program Adviser

Hongmian Gong


This thesis evaluates the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) method for estimating emissions from one source, Ozone Depleting Substances Substitutes (ODS substitutes) by comparing results for the New York City Metropolitan Statistical Area (NYC-MSA) with results from two other methodologies. The EPA’s method utilizes population data and GDP data to estimate and geographically allocate emissions, with little regard for the geographies of industrial activity. The two alternative methods use data for industrial employment and activity to provide results for comparison and perhaps a more accurate accounting and allocation of emissions throughout the NYC-MSA.



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