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Sustainable city

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This is a discussion forum associated with the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC).

Here's your chance not just to be the mayor, but the original city planner as well! Imagine a medium sized city that would be developed with modern, low carbon transportation in mind. What would that city look like? Would that make you more likely to want to live there?
 
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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?

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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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Marion C - USA, May 14, 2013

If the continents on Earth today were joined like Pangea, how would world energy use be different?

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  • Bob McCormick Bob McCormick May 14, 2013
    Carbon related to travel costs would be way less!
  • ALBERTO br ALBERTO br May 16, 2013
    I think that it would be very different consumption because businesses would be faster and less intense. Also maritime trade would be almost zero and therefore seas and oceans less polluted.
  • Mollie Zee Mollie Zee May 28, 2013
    There would be a lot less energy used because there would be way less travel.

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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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Makely Phillips, Feb. 12, 2013

All anybody talk about is electric cars and moving away from gasoline. And sure, that has great potential, but honestly I really don’t think we are ready. Have we considered what we will do with these giant batteries in the cars? How we will safely dispose of them while at the same time do it in an environmentally friendly way? And have we begun to train EMT’s on how to properly handle a car crash with an electric car that poses more danger than a normal car accident? The idea of electric cars is probably what is going to save our planet the most in the long run, however, just not yet.

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  • Desiree Price Desiree Price Feb. 12, 2013
    I agree. I think that we should start with baby steps first to get to this kind of thing. There are a lot of people who don't feel that it is important to protect the environment and so we should try to encourage simple things, like recycling and composting- something that anyone can do. I think that when we do that it would bring about even more support for reusable energy and probably provide more support for research in how to create something that is actually truly sustainable and not something that just has bad side affects like our current situations with pollution, but they're just different. I think electric cars (the cars that run on water if they were mass produced would be pretty amazing for the environment) could eventually work but we aren't really at that point.

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Julia C-USA, Nov. 23, 2012

I’m Julia from Houston, Tx. I have traveled to many European cities, but the one that stood out in terms of low carbon footprints are is Rome. The main difference is that in Rome, they walk everywhere. The few times I was in a car, it was traveling to the airport. Even if there is somewhere far enough not to walk, there are wonderful busses that are much more efficient than personal cars. Not only does that lower the overall cabon footprint, it is why Rome and other places in Europe maintain an overall healthy weight as opposed to America’s rising obesity rates. Also, in Rome, they have public water fountains. If this were more common in other countries, it would cut down on the number of plastic water bottles people use, lowering the overall carbon footprint. The final thing that I have found is that, for the most part, food is grown locally and is all very fresh. Because the food is very fresh and sustainably grown, it cuts down on packaging and transportation of food. If all of these changes were implemented to my city, it would be a very sustainable place with low amounts of plastic wastes, and low amounts of carbon emmisions from cars, not to mention healthier people. Below is a linke for an article that discusses the resons that Europe is greener than the United States.

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/what_makes_europe_greener_than_the_us/2193/
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Jessica S-USA, Nov. 22, 2012

I’m Jessica from Houston, TX. Houston is a very big city with a lot of people in it so it’s surprising that there is no public transportation system. That means that everyone who lives in Houston has to drive in their own private cars to places they go daily. If we set up an underground subway system, we would be decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by a huge amount. You might have to walk farther than you would if you drove, but that means more exercise. Every city should have a public transportation system.

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  • Makely Phillips Makely Phillips Feb. 12, 2013
    Wow that's really surprising that there is no public transportation system! Here in Seattle, WA we have a pretty good bus system and pretty recently created a light rail system that not only takes you to the airport but also different areas of Seattle. A public transportation system can do wonders for a city in terms of pollution control and also helps the local economy.

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