After reviewing past blogs, I discovered the post in regards to a “Pledge for Better Public Transportation.” The reason this article resonated with me was because recently, in my sustainable building design course, the topics of transportation, pollution, and ethics have been frequently discussed amongst peers in my environmental connections class. The “Pledge for Better Public Transportation” blog brought up the point that “we opt to waste our own time and gas rather than to save energy and time”. After discussing this issue, my sustainable design class was tasked to research sustainable options for reducing pollution; one of the main ways to reduce pollution and transportation issues is to better support and improve public transport, such as buses and subways. Furthermore, supporting healthier means of transport such as walking or biking is an additional way to help improve our current pollution problem.
So, how can we design communities to promote transportation and living styles that positively impact our environment? One of the most unique ways to address our negative impacts on the environment is by developing eco-communities that are close to reaching a net zero impact. The United Kingdom built an ideal sustainable community called BedZed in 2002. This BedZed community is well known for their innovative design in regards to sustainable and affordable car use as well as promoting healthier transport. The community reduces the need to commute by providing residents with the opportunity to live and work on site. Additionally, the community promotes alternative methods of transport like walking, bicycling, and public transport. For those residents who wish to still have their own car, BedZed encourages the use of electric cars, a car pool system, and reduce the amount of parking spaces available on the site.
Our society needs to work on our footprint in order to help create a better world for future generations. Sustainable design can help create better public transport and living styles to help reduce our impact on the environment. I determined that if every person were to live like me, then we would need 6.6 planets to provide enough resources. What’s your ecological footprint? To find out, click here.