At UIC there are many ways to act as an environmentally responsible individual. The means in which one gets to UIC, however, is out of many people’s control. Driving a car is much more impactful on the environment than taking public transportation. In fact, buses in particular produce less air pollution per passenger mile than cars do, and as buses continue to get “greener”, the environment improves. Whenever a commute is necessary, I always try to take advantage of my free CTA pass, as it is convenient, easy, and obviously free.
To be more sustainable on campus I could definitely recycle more. According to UIC’s report on sustainability, the campus is attempting to make recycling options more available and responsive to the needs of the environment (separating different recyclables). The 3$ per semester sustainability fee is a very smart idea from UIC’s end (to help fund greener practices), and I’d actually be willing to pay more. If we all paid 9$ it would triple the potential impact we could have.
At UIC I believe that awareness of environmental issues is still a problem. While almost every educated person knows that global warming is happening, it is hard to motivate people to change certain habits that potentially harm the environment (like not recycling). It’s not just at UIC, in a Forbes report taking data from the Pew research center Americans are very apathetic towards global warming. To combat this it will be difficult, but perhaps we could implement a rewards system for those who live sustainably at UIC. All in all, UIC is finally making steps towards having a greener campus, but it will take a lot of work to reach their goals of having a fully sustainable campus.
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