Going Green: How a New Focus on Sustainability is Reshaping Our Cities

As our society becomes more aware of its impact upon the planet, the way we go about transportation, infrastructure, and agriculture has begun to shift. Especially now that telemedicine and remote work have taken center stage, we are in a prime transitional state to start restructuring towards a sustainable future for all.

Expect to see more plants and less power plants over the coming years in order to meet the demand for a decreased carbon footprint!

  • Fuel

Transportation accounts for 30% of our greenhouse gas emissions, so it makes perfect sense that this is one of the areas where we see, and will continue to see, a lot of change for the better. Our technology is taking off exponentially in this area, and it will soon be possible to save money and save Earth at the same time through more efficient fuel use and affordable electric vehicles.

  • More Electric Cars

From self-driving cars to electric scooters, the way we transport ourselves is rapidly changing. High vehicle fuel consumption will soon be unnecessary as the popularity and accessibility of these modes of transport continue to climb! In addition to electric vehicles’ positive effect on our atmosphere, they also call for more space to ride, urging our cities to be redesigned in a way that will account more for them and less for unsustainable structures.

  • Less Jet Fuel

The rise of the Rotax engine in air travel has had a significant positive influence on jets’ environmental impact, already saving over 71 million pounds of CO2 from escaping into our air. These aircraft power sources are lighter and more efficient than any other, not to mention reliable! With dual-path control units modulating their fuel injections, our pilots will be able to decrease their carbon footprints throughout both their training and career.

  • Infrastructure 

Luckily, as requirements in infrastructure are becoming more strict, new technologies are allowing us to solve long-standing environmental problems. This is helpful for everyone: our planet, our businesses, and our homeowners! As the housing crisis and climate change worsen alongside one another, our focus has begun to swing towards reducing energy consumption and using construction materials wisely. Even the intended uses of these structures are leaning towards a sustainable future, calling for additional hopeful change during these tough times.

  • More Walking

Investing in green urban architecture has become a favorable venture, and its appeal is only increasing over time! Areas for walking, cycling, and socializing are in high demand, whereas the need for gas stations and parking garages is decreasing dramatically. Engineering designs are starting to mold to these altered ambitions, and they are expected to continue to shift towards sustainability over the coming decades. As electric vehicle ports start to employ spaces left behind by outdated fuel centers, sustainable business and recreation structures are likely to move in around them. This will allow drivers and other electric vehicle operators to make efficient use of their charging time while they make energy-efficient choices for the earth!

  • Less Waste

New approaches to construction are bolstering both bank accounts and the well-being of our planet. Recycling building materials and using natural elements for landscaping have become a popular way of maintaining efficacy on all fronts. The employment of compostable and reusable composites is also up-and-coming, including Enviroboard, HempCrete, AshCrete, mycelium-based materials, and plant-based rigid foam. Not only will these methods and mediums save energy in homes and manufacturing processes, but also use up old waste and leave virtually no new waste behind.

  • Food

Many consumers are directing their money away from corporate food trades and putting it into their community. Due to local farmers’ lower volume and more hands-on care, they can tend to their crops without the use of harsh chemicals, balancing the agricultural power of our country and the pH of our soil, too. This “buy local” trend doesn’t appear to be subsiding anytime soon. In fact, it will likely keep on growing, stabilizing our climate and connecting our communities.

  • More Compost

Due to inadequacies before and during the harvesting process, human neglect and carelessness, and packaging issues, around one-third of the food produced on our planet is lost along the food chain. Good soil fertility is immensely important for sustaining a sustainable agricultural system, thus composting these ‘losses’ is a solution that makes sense on multiple levels. Arousal of this awareness has led to the birth of many composting co-ops and is only expected to become a more popular practice.

  • Less Chemicals 

The act of supporting community farmers by savoring local produce is making a comeback, suggesting that fears of losing our home planet’s health are finally beginning to outweigh fears of rising costs. The latter is bound to subside substantially once the public finds out just how much of their taxes go into: removing pesticides from water, environmental cleanup costs, misappropriated agricultural subsidies, and increased insurance rates due to diet-related health problems. Not to mention, the true costs our natural environment pays in the wake of our agricultural practices! Once this knowledge comes to light, tried-and-true sustainable practices that mimic nature, such as Permaculture, might even replace chemical farming completely.

As we usher in a new era of eco-friendly transportation, infrastructure, and agriculture, things might get a little disorganized, but we shouldn’t let it discourage us. Imagine our society as a caterpillar that is in the process of building its cocoon. As we unravel ourselves and reorganize the facets of our world, chaos will come before the calm. When the peaceful period comes, though, both humanity and the planet will be able to spread their wings and really start to take off!

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