When it comes to being sustainable, I think most of us are not as sustainable as much as we would like to be, and there are a few reasons why. Living in the city, most of us have a fast pace daily agenda. Due to such agenda we drive to most places making it fast and more convenient, rather than taking public transportation even though it is readily available and is cheap compared to driving our own personal vehicles, but instead we contribute to the pollution urban transportation is so known for in doing so.
As a student of UIC I could be more sustainable by using more the water bottle filling stations located across the campus instead of buying water or soda bottles from vending machines. It would be a good idea to add more of these water bottle filling stations across campus to encourage students and faculty to obtain reusable water bottles.
The most critical urban sustainability challenge that I see for the going decades is the use the fossil fuels as our main source of energy and our transition to renewable energies. We have been dependent on fossil fuel since their discovery and they are bound to be depleted in our near future. Our biggest use of fossil fuels is for transportation and other means of energy such as electric and hydrogen have faced slow adaptation and acceptance. Electric cars are great, but they are more expensive than a gasoline or diesel engine cars. Not only that, they lack the range that a gasoline or diesel car gives you. Yes, electric cars have a better range today than they did a few years ago, but once you run our of power you need to charge them for hours, a nuisance in the eye of most. Technologies such as hydrogen fuel cars have been developed in recent years and show promise of replacing gasoline and diesel engine cars in the future. Both electric and hydrogen cars still leave a greenhouse gases footprint during the production of electricity and hydrogen but not operation. Still, it is considerably lower compared to the gasoline and diesel cars which contribute to greenhouse gases during production and operation of such vehicles. We need to embrace these new technologies if we don’t want to arrive at a very potential energy shortage in the future.