Since I started school at UIC, I have picked up some new habits when it comes to sustainability, both good and bad. To start off with the good, since I am now dorming at UIC I am no longer in need of having a car. Instead I either walk or use my U-Pass to get around. Not only will it reduce my carbon footprint, but it will also save me a ton of money. One of the readings says that there are cities that are built around public transit, and luckily Chicago is one of them.
In 2010 a study has confirmed that riding public transit can save the average person $9,242 annually. Also since I am sharing a shower with other students (not at the same time, of course) it encourages me to take quicker showers than I normally would.
However, there are still some bad habits that I have brought with me to UIC. For starters I use up a lot of electricity. At any given point I will have four to five devices plugged into the wall and charging. I also have the A/C on full blast all day and night. I know I’m not the only one that does this because as of this year 5% of the electricity in the United States is used to power air conditioners.
Since I started taking this course on urban sustainability, I have become more aware of the environment and how I should treat it, and I think that is the first step to fixing these bad habits.