We live in a modern, consumerist society. If we live in cities in the United States, we consume more than in rural populations and most than other humans in the rest of the world. It takes a lot of energy to keep our streets lit, to use our appliances, to heat our homes and to travel from place to place. As our cities become more densely populated, new proposals have been presented such as Eco-Friendly communities.
In recent years, sustainability has been a priority for major cities around the world. One way to achieve full sustainability is to start transforming one neighborhood at a time. Many communities in California have started their sustainability efforts by creating homes with solar panels and electric car charging stations such as Aquatera in Mission Valley in San Diego. Bigger projects like Treasure Island in San Francisco aim for a smart city where there is a waste water recycling center, on-site composting organic waste center and a localized storm water treatment facility.
Per the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017, commuters in California spent an average of 28.9 minutes going to work. Transportation is one of the major energy expenses in our cities. One thing we can do as individuals is to start driving Eco-Friendly cars such as hybrid cars or electric cars. California offers electric vehicle rebates which make cars like Tesla much more affordable to the average consumer.
As we move forward to a more sustainable way of living, we move towards economic growth while stimulating jobs and stronger economies. We shall look forward to a near future with reliable and affordable sources of energy.