Being a freshman at UIC, I have not made much of a sustainable impact on campus. Before I came here, I didn’t really care about the environment and the fact that the everyday things I did could really affect the world around me. According to the Introduction of Sustainability: Human and Environment Chapter 1, “sustainable development” is a social construct that seeks to improve the quality of life for the world’s peoples. Even though I am one of seven billions humans on this earth, my habits from now on will be to promote sustainable development as much as I can.
Although I have not been aware of how I could be more sustainable to the environment, I unknowingly have been reducing my carbon footprint. In 2011, The Census Bureau collected data on how Chicagoans get to work and found that driving made up 60% of all commutes, while public transit made up 27.6%. Since my freshman year of high school, I have been using public transportation to get to most places. This has not only reduce my carbon footprint but made me more aware of how easy it is to be sustainable wherever I go. I’m glad to know that I am part of the 1.7 million+ rides the CTA provides everyday and helping that number grow and hopefully be more environmentally sustainable to the UIC campus and my community.