Water Regulations

One regulation that has been globally was the water advisory and limitation lately in California. This regulation have helped the California drought especially the south. Since there have water contamination and big bodies of water have dried up like lakes and rivers. With the water being limited used, it has helped with farms and being able to the residents to drink water. The purpose of the advisory and limitations in the first place is to save as much as possible for useful things. This is because eating, growing food, and for big states is mainly these things are more needed or valued compared to taking long baths/shower or watering the lawn. The regulation has changed over time because it started to rain a little more in California overtime. More water have been saved instead of water into area for the things needed in life instead of watering random areas that is not much has happen or wasting water. This have been productive because not only did California survived, it showed how much water the residence have used. National politics around environmental issues have been known for a while because climate change has affected many parts of America. However, some politicians have denied the fact that climate change doesn’t exist in America.

http://www.aim.org/aim-column/trump-takes-on-the-obama-climate-change-agenda/

http://drought.ca.gov/

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/emergency_regulation.shtml

More Bicycles in Chicago

Many cities are now trying to use more sustainable and use less energy in the process. Some of the projects have more renewable energy uses. This helps with saving energy instead of using a lot of natural gas and coal. Chicago has one of the biggest climate changes recently with mild winters and extreme temperatures in the summer time. All these can be fixed if Chicago can further develop their transportation system. With Chicago being one of the biggest cities in the United States, carbon dioxide from people driving their cars have been an issue. With the limited green spaces in Chicago, carbon dioxide has been trapped in the atmosphere. With more than 50% of people get to commute by driving cars, it can be lowered by more people biking because about 2% of people bike to school.

An example of the transportation system that can be future developed is the Divvy bike system. Divvy has been around for awhile and can use more human energy instead of driving a car around. This can help reduce the carbon dioxide that is in the air and limit amount of natural gas and natural oil usage. Divvy in Chicago has given more of a faster and more fun way to get to point A to point B. Instead of riding the bus or driving a car around, it helps with giving a good cardio workout to the person and it saves on how much people spend on refilling their gas. Since there have been more and more

If this project can be expanded to more parts of Chicago, it can help a lot of people and the environment. Instead of polluting the air so much from cars, Divvy can give people exercise and money saving. Since Divvy haven’t been introduced in like parts of south side of Chicago and parts of the west side of Chicago. Also, if we can find a way to get biking to work in the winter time in Chicago, then there can be more people on bikes than taking any cars or public transportation.

http://derekeder.com/chicago_commute_modes/

http://www.nbcchicago.com/traffic/transit/Report-Illinois-Among-Top-Commuter-States-195277951.html

Air Pollution and Limit Radiation

Chicago should have more trees and have more green spaces around the city. This can help people with better fresh air. The green spaces can take in the carbon dioxide. These greener spaces can be put in the middle of big neighborhoods and more trees can be planted around areas. However, there are many people that don’t see how much trees and plants in green spaces can help the environment to clean the air. Also, trees and plants should be planted inside buildings because it can help freshen up breathing. All these little things can help with the air pollution. Currently right outside of Chicago, there is a lot of air pollution near the Chicago and Indiana border. People are currently inhaling the air into their lungs and can affect other parts of the body. There was a recent study which injuries from suffocations and asphyxiations. Asphyxiations is where the body has an abnormal breathing. Due to all the factories near the south side of Chicago, the air pollution around that area has a “yellow fog”. There isn’t really much fresh air in the area where it can cause a breathing problem for people. In the long run, expected children from pregnant women can have problems tissue and organ problems. The amount of fresh air lacks in areas.

Also, there should be charging bikes at certain areas. Human energy should be used to charge their phones because this can help reduce the energy usage. It can help both the person and phone because it can give exercise or a good work out of people to charge their phones. Also, there should every building should change their light bulbs to LEDs to save more energy which can lower the price on electricity. These are two methods to lower energy usage drastically because charging phones and lights uses up a lot of electricity. This can help conserve energy usage from using other ways to charge things. Also, these two methods can stop pollution from radiation. There are a lot of radiation pollution from just charging phones and using other light sources to light up buildings. Radiation and air pollution is causes a lot of greenhouse gases which is current a huge problem to Chicago right now.

Sources
Joseph Guan, BS, and Guohuo Li, MD, DrPH, Injury Mortality in Individuals with Autism

https://www.cnet.com/news/smartphone-charging-spews-out-megatons-of-greenhouse-gases/

http://www.ledsmagazine.com/articles/2005/01/benefits-and-drawbacks-of-leds.html

Plastic Bottles for Art

Project Title – Plastic Bottles for Art

Project Timeline – 4 weeks

Week 1 – discussion on where the plastic bottles can be stored at.

Week 2 – where to get plastic bottles

Week 3 – get more recycle bins all over campus in order to get more plastic bottles

Week 4- pick times to have events for the public/for students to make their own art

Project Description

When there is a lot recycled of recycled, this will keep the environment clean with less pollution. With the used plastic bottles, we can use it to make art with. This would be good way to show some creativity from students. Being able to stop pollution and helping students release some stress out with making art from plastic bottles would be nice. There is a huge problem with plastic bottle usage and disposing the bottles. There have been bottles in lakes/rivers and other different areas, where it can endanger animals. With the art being made, we can donate it to hospitals or areas where sick children needs some type of support. Helping the sick people will brighten up the day of sick kids.

Budget = Varies
The preliminary project budget would be the cost of recycle bins, tape(duct tape), glue, and craft materials. These materials are going to be needed to make art with the plastic bottles. Also, the recycle bins placed just for plastic bottles would help gather and stop pollution from the bottles.

https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/
http://www.boredpanda.com/plastic-bottle-recycling-ideas/