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3 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in city living, green living, eco-friendly lifestyle, adaptations

The Decision – Moving From Suburbia to The City

community, city living, suburbia, urban living, simplify, green living

My husband and I used to live in “suburbia”, in a little house that was once owned by his grandparents. He fixed it up with new kitchen appliances, newly finished floors and an amazing new landscape design. We were also within a few blocks of his parent’s house and where he grew-up. I thought this is it- a home of our own, a small quiet neighborhood and a modest place to settle down.

3 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in cars, car-free, transportation, public transit

Car-free to Car-filled and Back to Car-free

cars, automobiles, transportation, car-free

Although some may think our country unexpectedly turned into a car-loving nation, it was actually very strategically planned. With powerful automobile giants like GM, legislation, national security and a decline in city quality of living, cars and highways thrived and public transportation was short-handed.

27 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in manufacturing, food, products, transportation, pollution, life cycle assessment

Oranges Year Round

manufacturing, food, products, transportation, pollution, life cycle assessment

It is a wonderful feeling to walk into a grocery store and see all the different fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. The options can be overwhelming, but exciting at the same time because I can eat oranges year-round or eat cheese made in France. But the reality of having oranges year-round is not all good. Transportation of products, for example, is a huge factor in pollution. Plus determining the quality of the food, tracing all of its origins and regulating the industry are concerns we must consider with the year-round access to products all over the world.

23 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in consumers, products, shopping, manufacturing, environmental health

Shopping and Industry Practices on Autopilot

consumers, products, shopping, manufacturing, environmental health

We know we can go to the grocery store or department store and pick up a frozen pizza and blue jeans, respectively. And now days we can walk into Walmart and purchase both of these items. But do you really know where all these products come from and what is really in them?

Now, you may look on the tag of those jeans and see that they are made in Thailand, China or India; or that your pizza was made in Chicago or Detroit. There is still this disconnection between us and our daily lives and our products and food, which needs to be mended.

14 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in power plant, electricity, energy

Flick of A Switch

Power Plant

Air pollution is synonymous with cars and power plants; and companies are using that general knowledge to sell products and services, and to revamp their image as “green”. However, cars and power plants are only a small part of the “air pollution” puzzle. Residential and commercial buildings account for 41 percent of our total energy consumption, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Transportation, in comparison, is only 29 percent of our total energy consumption.

14 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in Zoning, transportation, urban growth, suburb, sprawl, city development

Zoning and Its Impact on Our Lives and Environment

Zoning, transportation, urban growth, suburb, sprawl, city development

Think of those old quaint downtowns with the welcoming storefronts, wide sidewalks and everything within a short walking distance. Then think about why we rarely, if ever, see new development such as these; the reason in part is zoning. Zoning, changes in lifestyle and a growing middle class spurred changes to the way new cities and suburbs developed.

14 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in automobiles, pollution, public transit, cars, highways, biking, walking

Automobiles: Our Transportation Default

automobiles, pollution, public transit, cars, highways, biking, walking

Transportation is important to our everyday lives and health, and significantly impacts the environment and city development. When gasoline-run cars were introduced in the year 1885, they opened up possibilities and the freedom to live and travel in a way unimaginable at the time. However, the use of the automobile has also created a series of problems along with it.

14 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in eco-friendly lifestyle, urban living, city living

Benefits of City Living

living green, city living, urban, citysystems

Cities have this stigma of being polluted, dirty, and some environmentalists’ worst nightmare. Although cities are not perfect, they have some excellent environmentally friendly qualities that we can build upon to improve our environment and quality of life.

5 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

White House Releases Energy Fact Sheet

White House

Rising prices at the pump affect everybody – workers and farmers; truck drivers and restaurant owners. Businesses see it impact their bottom line. Families feel the pinch when they fill up their tank. For Americans already struggling to get by, it makes life that much harder. That’s why we need to make ourselves more secure and control our energy future by harnessing all of the resources that we have available and embracing a diverse energy portfolio.

1 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Gray to Green

city parks, landscaping, land use, trees, vegetation, climate change

How important is it to have more "green" in our cities? And by "green" I mean grass, trees and various other plants. Having proper vegetation in any area including a city is important because it influences temperature, air quality and runoff water. Vegetation located in a few city parks or planted between sidewalks and streets are not sufficient and not just because of inadequate quantity but also because of location.

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