1) Sustainability Problem: Vehicle Congestion and Air Pollution
For city residents, traffic is a huge environmental problem as well as a nuisance. Too many drivers on the road cause delays, decrease productivity, and increase air pollution. According to the EPA, “vehicles produce roughly one-half of pollutants like VOCs, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter” and 75% of CO2 emissions are from automobiles.
2) Sustainability Technology: UPS Cargo Bikes
Vehicles emissions are a growing concern for policy-makers who are beginning to recognize the emissions and climate change impacts of freight transportation. They are starting to look at the role of technology can play in delivering goods more reliable and in a more sustainable fashion. They are also looking to reduce congestion, improve road safety, and decrease CO2 emissions that lead to health risks and climate change. Large retailers are partnering with cities to improve freight transport and UPS has proven to be one such leader with the inception of their Cargo-bikes. Since their release in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, UPS has had a lot of success with their Cargo bikes and they are now rolling them out (literally) in the Northeast, starting with Pittsburg in the United States and Toronto in Canada. Although the bikes hold much less capacity than their vans, they are looking to improve the technology to allow for an increase in capacity. The rider must power the bike to pull the heavy cargo which as has been the biggest challenge. However, the bikes now come with e-assist. Through either a battery pack or solar panels on the roof of the cargo bin, the bike can have enough supply to help move the wheels for up to 18 hours. Plus, pedaling the bikes helps to recharge the batteries while the driver is on the go!
3) Technology Stakeholders
City Agencies (Department of Transportation)
Locate small to medium-sized city where congestion is such a problem
Using the Toronto model, and ones that have been successful in Europe, introduce 5 UPS cargo bikes throughout the city
Test this out and if successful, add 5 more bikes to the fleet
Once cargo bikes are successful, launch campaign to provide awareness on the issue of congestion to city residents and how it is being combatted by this technology
Repeat model in other cities
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Effects of air pollution cause 3.3 million premature deaths each year and majority of household pollutants are due to domestic fire for cooking and/or heating homes. The aforementioned are acquit in developing densely populated cities – Beijing, Manila, Nairobi, Cairo, etc. Access to air filtration systems are limited to a variety of issues, but the most common are socio-economic and infrastcture.
Category: Clean Air, Energy Efficiency, Energy Savings, Infrastructure, Innovative, Sustainability
Breathe brick is a porous concrete module that forms an air-filtration façade. Pulls in air and separates heavy particles and drops them to collection bin at bottom of the façade. Filter can separate 30% of fine particles and 100% of coarse particles.
Simple inexpensive framework, brick and coupler. Coupler are manufactured from recycled materials and can take on most structural forms.
Breathe brick system can operate as active (integrated into existing HVAC system) or passive as independent system.
Breath brick is electric free.
California Polytechnic State University – School of Architecture
Homeowner (especially no access to electricity, densely populated cities developing countries, and governments interest in reducing air population)
Next steps for deployment:
Waiting for patent approval
Refining design to expand to alternative modular forms
Regulatory approval in several development nations as sustainable and clean technology product
Problem: Water Usage and Pollution Caused by Dyeing Textiles
Textile dyeing is estimated to cause 17-20% of the global industrial water pollution. Until recently, little attention was given to the environmentally harmful effects of the dyeing process, when it comes to chemicals, waste, and water usage.
A new technology, AirDye developed in California by Colorep, works with proprietary dyes to transfer color with heat from paper to fabric in a one-step process.
Basically, it has created a software that “computes color recipes that reproduces the specified color reflectance curve on a target substrate”.
This process has the potential to save between 7 and 75 gallons of water in the dying of a pound of fabric. It can save energy and produces no harmful chemical by-products.
Furthermore, the technology uses 85 percent less energy than traditional dying methods.
AirDye tech engineers/designers
In order to implement this technology on a large-scale, a number of investors need to be introduced
Fashion designers must begin to use the technology to introduce the innovation to the public and encourage its usage down the supply chain i.e. factories and low-end designers/retailers. For example, AirDye has become a vital component to the designers Costello Tagliapietra and Gretchen Jones and was used for their Fall 2012 collection
Governments in countries that manufacture dyed textiles should subsidize this technology to consumers (factories and managers who buy it) so that it can bring down the price, encourage product development, establish familiarity of the product, ensure future customers and therefore be more easily implemented in the thousands of dyeing factories around the world.