Reducing GHE

Aaron Ng
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Aaron Ng
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Reducing GHE
  1. Transportation:
    1. Use Public Transit - Vehicles such as buses or trains provide easy transportation to many places
      1. Carpool - Having multiple passengers in a single vehicle will reduce both traffic congestion and carbon emissions
        1. Biking or Walking - Useful for going shorter distances, biking and walking does not pollute the air and is healthy for the human body
          1. Electric Cars - Electric cars use less energy than gasoline engine cars and they do not produce emissions at all. Encourage car owners to switch to electric cars due to their many benefits
            1. Pumping Tires - By pumping your tires to the manufacturer's recommended PSI, you will get better traction and mileage thus increasing your car’s efficiency
            2. Housing
              1. Appliance Alternatives - You can avoid using electric appliances entirely by applying certain methods. Hand wash dishes instead of dishwasher, clothes line instead of dryer, hand cutting grass instead of a lawnmower
                1. Make your house/backyard green (literally) - Get a handful of potted plants in your house. Plant some trees in your garden, they will help take in CO2 and also moderate your house’s temperature
                  1. Energy Efficient Appliances - Switch out old appliances for newer and more energy efficient models or make existing appliances greener. Use fluorescent light bulbs rather than incandescent ones, put a jar of sand in the toilet, etc
                    1. Lower your Thermostat - Do not always keep your furnace or A/C since they use a lot of energy to operate. If it gets too cold, wear a sweater. If it gets too warm, open a window or turn on a fan
                    2. Food Choices
                      1. Buy Locally Grown Products - Foods that come from far away often need to be shipped long distances to get to you, often requiring lots of fuel and transportation costs. Supporting local farmers means that your food comes from close by, having few food miles and is often fresher
                        1. Avoid Processed Foods - Foodstuffs that have been through the manufacturing line have used many resources and energy to create the packaging, sanitation, artificial colors, etc. These products are usually less healthy than unprocessed foods
                          1. Create a Garden - Possibly the most eco-friendly and cheapest way is to grow your own food. The land that your house occupies may be Class 1 farmland going to waste. The food you grow reduces your ecological footprint since it has not travelled any food miles and does not go through processing
                            1. GMO Free/Organic - Foods grown in organic and GMO free farms do not use chemicals or pesticides; effectively reducing their resource and energy usage. For example, synthetic fertilizers can release a gas (nitrous oxide) that is 300 times worse at trapping greenhouse gases than CO2. On the contrary, organic farms use cow manure and compost; which can store much more carbon in the soil
                              1. Compost - Taking any organic waste out to your backyard for composting is a good idea instead of having all the waste be dumped into the landfill. The decomposed material provides good nutrients for your soil and can be used as fertilizer for a garden
                              2. Part B: Greening My Community - By providing multiple forms of transportation available for the general public, we can reduce the amount of cars on the road. The general concept is to fix the problem of heavy traffic congestion by encouraging use of mass transit and other alternatives to cars such as biking or walking. Traffic congestion heavily irmpacts our ecological footprint since huge amounts of CO2 emissions ae released from cars (especially when they are idling). There are two main concepts to the plan; promote group vehicular commuting via carpooling & mass transit and supporting eco-friendly alternatives to transport such as bikes, electric cars, and walking.
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