Martin Felsen, AIA, of UrbanLab, the Chicago-based practice that won the Latrobe Prize from the AIA College of Fellows in 2009 for their Growing Energy/Water: Using the Grid to Get off The Grid proposal, introduced Neighborshed, the result of two years worth of Latrobe research. The eb-based application—named for a contraction of “neighborhood” and “ecoshed”—looks to make users aware of the entirety of their energy usage, and the impact of it. The program uses census data and other metrics to estimate energy usage based on a user’s address; the results are then customized to track an individual’s habits. Tracking the metrics of power, water, carbon dioxide, and dollars, the  goal of the program, based on crowdsourcing tools to collect data, is to create a community of knowledge and expertise about the changing face of energy consumption. Felsen acknowledges that his own lifestyle—including his house, commercial space, architecture, and lifestyle—consumes 12,000W of power, whereas the average resident in China averages between 2,000 and 3,000W, and the average resident in India uses less than 1000W. Tracking such consumption can help to target energy reduction goals and to increase awareness about an individual’s (or neighborhood, or city) total consuption footprint. To see more, visit