Urbanization Analysis, Green Option, And Global Warming Strategies in Chicago

Write a 1,000- to 1,250-word paper ensuring that the content is academically well researched, practical and realistic.

Consider the following scenario: You work in an urban city planning department and are preparing for climate change conference. You will be presenting your findings to city leadership. Your role is to identify and review the key practical needs of an urban society and how they are being met today, along with helping city leadership plan a recommended changeover to greener products and processes. You will also strategize and prepare for the potential global warming projections for your city.

    Select an existing city or create your own, it can be large or small. THE SELECTED CITY IS CHICAGO,ILLINOIS

        Identify the site and provide a map of your city along with a physical description of the land, topography, etc.

        Research the global warming projections for your area and address them.

        Provide an analysis of how the climate has shaped the land up to this point and a projection of how the physical land may change in the coming years due to climatic effects.

    Identify the needs and services of this urban society.

        Consider the kinds of energy used (coal, oil, gas, etc.), local food production versus transporting food in, clean water availability, air quality, transportation, education, cost of living, employment, healthcare, landfills, etc.

        Determine if the way that key urban needs are met today is sustainable and/or harmful to the environment and need to be replaced by greener options.

    Research and identify greener options for the city to implement for power, water, and other urban needs. Discuss how your city can start to introduce them. Explain how the practical greener options you have presented help the environment, reducing the cost of environmental cleanup in the future and reducing healthcare costs for the population. Discuss funding & planning options if possible, and methods to overcome potential barriers or resistance to the proposed changes.

    Summarize your research and present your proposed options.

Cities and other urban settings are often associated with environmental degradation and lay immense ecological burdens. Despite this, they can be models of environmental sustainability, reducing net pollution, and platforms to bring social change at a sufficient scale. Chicago, Illinois is among the cities with the highest population in the US (Hayhoe, VanDorn, & Wuebbles, 2010). The physical features that include Lake Michigan in the East and Chicago River in the North and West, have traditionally defined the city. Chicago has a magnificent lake edge and a lakefront with a park system and various cultural institutions and entertainment facilities. The river is not fishable, but provides alternative means of ferrying goods and water for industrial use. The city lies on a flat land topography that has allowed a cluster of tall buildings. The street grid runs north, south, and west from the center of the city. The planning permits the use of various channels of traveling, preventing high traffic congestion in the streets. Additionally, it provides multiple pedestrian ways from transit stations to other destinations. The well-landscaped streets play a critical role in encouraging people to walk around the central area.

Some of the highest temperatures in the city have been recorded in the past decade. The temperature rise is a result of increased gas emissions due to the air conditioning in city buildings, high demand for electricity, and increased use of machinery (Office of the Mayor, 2015). The consistent global projections show that Chicago is likely to have increased annual temperatures by the mid-century and later years. Most studies suggest that the temperatures will be 5-90 F higher than today in the 21st century. The region is projected to have higher dew points that will lead to hot days and increased humidity that will result in more heat waves in the future. Also, as the climate gets warmer, the frequency of freezing temperatures will continue to decrease to less than or equal to 32o F than the current rate (CMAP, 2013).            

The people of Chicago have enjoyed the spacious green parks and tree-shaded streets for long. In the warmer months, people get to enjoy the cold breeze…

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