As a student at UIC, I try to do my best in having a positive impact on the environment. I try to pick up litter whenever I see garbage laying on the ground and I take public transportation around the city as much as possible. Types of litter are, “cigarette butts, plastic bags, old tires, fast food wrappers and plastic and glass bottles”. Picking up litter is very difficult because of the many outside factors that come with it. For example, if I am the only one picking up garbage off the ground in a small area without anyone else, the impact is too small for a change to happen. Also, by taking the CTA and Metra, I am reducing the amount of carbon emission being sent into the air. According to pacommutes, “Public transit reduces emissions of the pollutants that create smog by about 100,000 tons annually”. Some changes I can make to my own lifestyle is to use less plastic water bottles. Living in the dorms at UIC gives me the excuse to buy plastic water bottles. Because there are no water fountains near my living quarters, I do not have drinking water available to me without walking outside of the dorms. A solution to this would be using a reusable water bottle or taking the time to walk to the nearest water fountain.