Air pollution is one of the many consequences of development citizens of newly emerging cities have to live with. Indoor air pollution is also a major problem, as it tends to be worse than outdoor air pollution (two to five times worse), raising the risk of respiratory related diseases.

The TZOA air quality monitor:

-Wearable device that constantly collects data about chemicals, particulate matter, temperature, air pressure, UV exposure, and humidity.

-Portable, highly accurate and cheap ($99-$139) way for everyday citizens to check the air quality of their surroundings daily.

-Will not improve air quality, but will provide the user with the information they need to take action.

Administrative buildings, hotels and apartment complex could include this technology in their units to get more insight when it comes to the air quality of their buildings. They can use this technology to make the necessary changes so tenants can be more comfortable.

To deploy this technology, the developers will have to provide devices to the facilities that are interested in implementing it. They will then test in in some areas of their buildings and see if the advices provided by the technology does improve their air quality. If the facilities find out that the technology is improving the quality of life of their residents, they can decide to widely deploy it through their buildings.


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Desalination 2.0

Water independence and source reliability is a very pressing issue that many communities are facing today. One of the many solutions that is being adopted today is to build desalination plants to turn sea water into drinkable water. However, building these plants and the process that is desalination can be very expensive. An average desalination plant can cost up to a billion dollars.

A new technology that could ensure cheaper desalination would be Advanced Water Recovery.

-Uses chemicals to turn salt water into drinking water and then, through proprietary process, filters the chemicals back out.

-Costs 70% less than current technologies used for desalination

-A demonstration plant is currently being built in Pennsylvania, cleaning the water used in the fracking process.

Organizational stakeholders that would need this technology would be American states that are looking to become water independent, such as California that is currently looking to build a second desalination plant, that would cost the state millions. The upcoming plant has caused a debate over the real need for such expensive technology for water production.

To deploy the technology, the firm would list and present the advantages this technology has over traditional  desalination plants (safer for marine life, cheaper), to the state government and officials who would authorize this technology to be widely used. Once their demonstration plant is complete, these officials will be able to see and experience first hand what they could be enjoying in their own state.


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From your plate… Back to your plate

How can one reduce his or her share of waste that sits in landfills and contributes to pollution and to the advancement of foul waste disposal culture? Get a ZERA Food Recycler!

-Reduces food waste by over two-thirds its original volume through a fully automated system.

-The food waste becomes ready-to-use fertilizer that can be used on your garden, basically using your old food to make your new food. (This can also be used on your lawn and your plants)

-This saves you money, time, and most importantly, your environment.

This technology can be used by any citizen who wants to have less of a negative impact on earth. It is described as sending less waste to landfills and more to your own land. It helps the customer save on fertilizer, be more self sufficient and makes it easy to help the environment a little bit everyday.

This technology was on Indiegogo.

The inventor, Paula Lobaracco started her implementation process by raising funds to ensure that:

1.There was enough interest in her technology

2.She had enough funds to build these individual units

She raised a little more than half a million dollars and launched it in 2017.–2#/

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Energy producing Honda Homes

Sustainability problem: Energy

-Residences leave no carbon footprint

-Composed of  materials that are nearly 100% from sustainable sources

-Powered by the sun

-The home energy management system (HEMS) is a computer hardware and software that smartens the home by: -pulling power from the grid when it needs it

-charging up the car’s battery

-sending power back to the grid when it produces more than

it needs.

Stakeholders: Department of Energy, homeowners that consume large amounts of energy

Implementation steps: Identify city-specific monetary and environmental benefits of the technology, compare them to the current situation, and promote them to the stakeholders.


Sustainability problem: water management

CyberRain is a smart home sprinkler system.

1.It checks your location’s weather conditions, regularly and wirelessly sending updated sprinkling times to the customer’s CyberRain controller.

2.Works with all standard automatic sprinkler systems, connects to existing valve wires.

3.Allows the customer to set up their own water-wise sprinkling schedule based on their landscape.

Stakeholders: Home owners

Deployment: Raise awareness on the importance of using water wisely, demonstrate water and money that can be saved by adopting this technology, integrate into households by creating incentives through a partnership with water utility companies.

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Issue: Air pollution

Air carbon:

1- Air carbon creates plastic by extracting carbon molecules from air containing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane and rearranging the molecules into “long chain thermoplastic polymers”.

2- This plastic matches the performance of oil based plastics.

3-The technology reduces air pollution by turning a problem into a solution.

Fun fact-The concept of capturing carbon from the air was first introduced in a scientific paper by Columbia University physicist Klaus Lackner in 1999!

Organizational stakeholders:

-Companies that are trying to be more “green” could use this plastic to build their facilities instead of oil based plastic.

How to deploy:

-Join trade shows that focus on green building materials

-Demonstrate the transformation from carbon to plastic through a video

-Emphasize the benefits and how much of a no-brainer choosing this plastic over oil-based plastics should be for green companies

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Sustainability problem: Deforestation

Technology to prevent it : Google Forest Watch 2.0

-Interactive, real-time, forest monitoring system.

-Uses satellite technology, data sharing and human networks around the world to provide information for the better management of forests.

-Aims to address the problem by providing a better alternatives to the technologies for monitoring that exist today that are not the best as they are not real-time.

Organizational stake-holders:

-Governments of several countries: the article mentions the Brazilian and Gabonese governments, for example, who are investing millions of dollars into monitoring their forests.

3 steps to deploy:

-Create a youtube video that showcases the machine’s capabilities

-Calculate how much deforestation can be slowed through monitoring to gain credibility

-Propose the solution to the governments that need it most


The great pacific garbage patch

Sustainability issue:  The great pacific garbage patch is a water and waste pollution issue. This patch of marine debris located in the pacific ocean has been stuck there for years due to the pacific vortex which keeps it circling the waters

  • Instead of chasing after the waste, the “Ocean CleanUp” will instead deploy barriers that use the same water currents that makes the waste stuck in place, to collect that same exact waste.
  • Sea life will not be impacted as only lighter than water plastic objects will get caught in the net.
  • Over 10 years, these nets can clean up half of this waste.

Organizational stakeholders: International Coastal Cleanup, Trash Free Seas, Greenpeace International

3 steps to deploy technology: – Introducing the idea to the organizational stakeholders who can fund it, soliciting help and materials from individuals if this is to be done from volunteer work (already being done), sensitizing populations so they are more willing to help when it comes to waters that we all share and that do not affect their immediate lives.