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federico cappellini, May 16, 2013

HELLO! My name is Federico and I live in the north of Italy. I think that a great way to get closer to a sustainable city is the production of clean energy; for example everyone should install solar panels. In my home we use this type of energy productions and I must say that in addition to helping the environment we save a lot of money.
I hope that one day this will come true for all people.

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  • Hanna A-Sweden Hanna A-Sweden Sept. 30, 2013
    I think you're absolutely right! Solar energy is a great energy source, and it is clean. If more people would use it would be great. But it also has some problems. For example in Sweden ,where I live, the sun almost never shine during winter so its hard to only use this energy source.
  • Kelly H-USA Kelly H-USA Oct. 3, 2013
    I agree, solar panels are a great idea to help get one step closer to sustainable cities. But Hanna brings up an interesting point when she says that it's hard to use solar panels sometimes because the sun doesn't shine. Some ways to get clean energy are just not right for every part of the planet. Windmills are also a great source of renewable energy, but if they were installed in the middle of the city I live in, it would create a lot of problems. We need to learn where the right places to install clean energy generators are. If we could just utilize every opportunity to make clean energy possible, we would be a lot closer to having sustainable cities.
  • Hanna A-Sweden Hanna A-Sweden Oct. 14, 2013
    You have a really good point Kelly! That's why it's important to educate for example engineers who can tell which place is good for what energy source.

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Ale M, May 16, 2013

hi everyone!
In many places of the world, people are using CO2. Even though people are trying to help save the world, most people do not make a lot problem help the earth and create less CO2, reduce purchases, to use public transport, to eat organic foods, and not heat or cool homes as they often do normally.

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elisabetta chanel, May 16, 2013

Hi my name is elisabetta and I’m from Italy. I am attending a school for building technicians, I’ll be a surveyor and I’m interested in sustainable architecture. With this kind of building you can save environment and costs
I think it is going to be the future in the building’s field. I would like to know what do you think about this topic.

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Davide A, May 15, 2013

Hi, I’m Davide, I live in Italy. My carbon footprint about transportation is very high because in my town there aren’t a lot of public transportation; there aren’t many buses, there aren’t underground stations and there is just one train. I live in the mountain and I use heating six months a year. People in my town use to recycle. I use electric energy and natural gas in my house, I haven’t got any solar panels. All cars work by petrol fuel and they pollute a lot! The mountain is cleanest than city! Have you got any suggestions to decrease my carbon footprint?

Davide A
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  • Andrea Bonomelli Andrea Bonomelli May 15, 2013
    to lower the consumption of energy for transport to walk or cycle for short trips is a very useful thing.
  • Davide A Davide A May 15, 2013
    thx Bono

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giorgio c, May 15, 2013

Hi , I’m Giorgio ,I live in a small town , the carbon footprint in the category of transportation is very high because there aren’t many public transport so people mostly use their personal car ,I think the mountain area where I live is quite polluted because the ski resorts can have a strong impact on the environment because people who go skiing every weekend provoke air pollution their cars.

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Annamarie K-USA, May 2, 2013

In many places of the world, people are using CO2, especially the united states. Even though people try to help save the world, most people don’t do as much as they could. To get to help the earth and create less CO2, we can cut down on purchases, use public transportation, eat organic foods, and not heat or cool our homes as often as we normally do.

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Y N, March 14, 2013

My name’s Y. I came from Oakland High School. I’m in Mr. Reinhardt’s biology class. After reading this, I think a city with low carbon transportation would look like that city would have many park, trees, and plant. A house have only a car and maybe a bicycle. Most people in that city will travel on feet, bicycle or community transportation such as the bus. Many house in the city have a little garden to growth vegetable, and fruit. People will eat more vegetable, fruit from their garden or from the market. This city will have low carbon because the trees will change most carbon into oxygen through photosynthesis. If people eat vegetable from their garden or from the market, the carbon that created from the transport food from other place to that city would be really low because there would be less transport foods from other place to that city. I would like to live in that city because people who live in that city would be really healthy.

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  • James E-USA James E-USA May 2, 2013
    I'm James from Sunnyvale Middle School. I am in Ms. Kim's Science class. I think that a low carbon city would be very hard to do without a large source of renewable energy. Also, having a small garden would be great, but unrealistic. This is because you wouldn't be able to stockpile enough food to feed yourself. Maybe instead you could have a large community garden, where you could get your veggies/fruits for every meal of the day. It'd be within biking distance. Nobody would have cars, but instead would walk or bike everywhere. Not only would this save the atmosphere, it would also keep the city's residents fit and healthy.

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Jason Hodin, Feb. 15, 2013

90% reduction in greenhouse gases in NYC by 2050 ?!?

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/02/urban_green_council_report_how_new_york_city_could_cut_emissions_by_90_percent.html
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  • Tara V-USA Tara V-USA Oct. 5, 2013
    This concept is really cool. While I know the article discusses how New York CIty is unlike many other places for several reasons, I can't help imagine the effect its changes to city buildings could have in other cities. Triple paned windows to keep heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer would save so much energy and not to mention money. It's almost inconceivable that the monetary return on the initial invest by 2050 would be $148 billion! When other cities see this change they'll no doubt want to construct new buildings with triple paned windows, which will save a lot energy and reduce carbon emissions significantly even if they do not go to the extent of modifying existing buildings like New York City plans to do. I think the article also makes a good point that even if the plan is expensive and does not quite reach the goal of a 90 percent reduction in emissions, it is much less costly than not doing anything about climate change. This is a great option that other cities should definitely look in to if they want to save money and the environment.

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Sara B-USA, Nov. 20, 2012

My name is Sara, and I am from Houston Texas which is a pretty busy city that is constantly moving. The main mode of transportation in Houston is to drive. Well it is one of the biggest cities in the nation, and with everyone driving, we really pollute the air and add to global warming. I think it would help if we had more bus services to transport people or if we had trains or something like other big cities. For example, New york is huge, but they have metros and stuff. It would help if Houston did that too. If it does not work with the city planning then I think the city should promote buying eco friendly cars like hybrids. Hybrids help the environment and could help us reduce the polution we add to the air. The car might not even have to be a hybrid, but just having eco friendly cars in general could really help! Below i have posted a link that says what the most environmental friendly cars are.

http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=435625
Sara B-USA
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  • Jeevin S-USA Jeevin S-USA Oct. 9, 2013
    Hi Sara, My name is Jeevin and I am from Oakland California. I find it extremely interesting that a large city such as Houston has no public transportation system. In the bay area, we have BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport) which acts as our train transportation system. We also have a network of buses and have created incentives to carpool.

    I highly agree with what you have said in regard to eco-friendly cars and electric cars. A lot of people fail to realize that while helping the environment, they can also help themselves economically. The federal government in the United States offer tax incentives for people with eco-friendly/electric cars that could amount up to 3,400 dollars. Along with this, many state systems also offer incentives to users with eco-friendly cars. Surprisingly, car insurance companies also offer eco-friendly insurance rates, which are significantly less. Many companies are now offering there employees incentives ranging from 2,000-5,000 dollars depending on the company. There are some really great reasons for buying eco-friendly/electric cars. You get to help protect the environment and your pocket as well!

    http://gengreen.org/eco-friendly-cars-save-more-than-the-environment/

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Sarah C-USA, Nov. 16, 2012

Living in Texas you know its winter when you go to school bundled in sweatshirts and fuzzy socks. Now I know that 60 degrees Fahrenheit might not seem like much to those of you who live in constant cold climates but here in Texas it’s a big deal. Now in the winter season I want to be nice and warm. Doing this requires using a heater which can greatly increase your carbon footprint. This parlays into using the air conditioning when its hot in the summer. Both use a lot of energy and can be quite costly. That’s why in the winter I always make sure I have a good supply of warm clothing and blankets. Also if you have a fireplace that isn’t a gas fireplace (because they use a lot of energy) then you should really use that. I have found that my fireplace can defintely warm up a whole room and sometimes quicker than my heating system. Now when it is hot outside and you need to cool off try to use a small fan if you have one. You could also make a cool refreshing drink which i have found can always cool me off. Anyway the main point is to find ways to reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the energy use in your house. If you have other tips on saving energy please comment and share!

Sarah C-USA
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  • Brittany W-USA Brittany W-USA Nov. 16, 2012
    Although the idea of using a fireplae seems great, it actually is not that efficient or helping. fireplaces lose about 90% of the heat they create, and pull the heat from the house up the chimney and outside. Maybe the extra heat you felt was right next to the fireplace, but if it isn't sealed then you could end up having your heating system pick up for the loss. Here's a great site that could help you with other ideas for eco-friendly home heating: http://www.supergreenme.com/go-green-environment-eco:Eco-Friendly-Home-Heating

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