Keepin it Green

 

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Green Roof model at City Hall Chicago   

I do try to be as sustainable as possible. Every time I go to school, for the most part, use CTA public transportation. Not because it’s convenient, but because its more fuel efficient than driving to school everyday, plus less fuel emissions help keep CO2 levels low. Although I do tend to go a stray when it comes to my car. I don’t drive the most fuel efficient car; actually, my car is the least fuel efficient in my family. Its a 19-mile per gallon AWD V6 that wastes gas like a waterfall spills water.

Also working at the Lincoln Park Zoo for two years gave me a perspective on how urban animals losing their urban environment really have a deep impact in their survival and the efficiency of the ecology of an urban city. Just as mentioned in our reading of Anderson, “species with similar ecological roles increase the number of potential community organizations that can uphold similar ecosystem functions, which makes the system resilient” (2006).  So I convinced my mom for a green porch instead of a green roof. We even planted a tree in our front yard to help those “annoying” squirrels. Its good to know that Chicago has the most green roofs in the states and should be a model for all cities to follow (Pilloton 2006).

One of the major sustainability problems facing our society now and for decades to come is transportation. People are always moving and going places and having a reliable form of transit is key. When it comes to 4-cylinder or even more the more efficient electric cars it seems that there’s many ways to keep green and CO2 levels low. There are new V6 engines that are just as fuel efficient as the 4 and could help curve the CO2 emissions.One of the big issues observed from our reading of the Climate reality project entails that if CO2 emissions keep rising in Illinois an increase of temperature is likely to occur. This could be something that I can help curb.

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/engine9.htm

Pilloton, Emily. (2006). Chicago Green Roof Program. Retrieved from: http://inhabitat.com/chicago-green-roof-program/

https://us130urbansustainability.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/what-does-climate-change-mean-for-illinois_.pdf

Andersson, E. 2006. Urban landscapes and sustainable cities. Ecology and Society 11(1): 34. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss1/art34/

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