And we are back to the Environment! One of my previous idea was about tracking your own footprint on the earth, in fact it was Idea 1. This one is about the responsibilities of suburbs. My thinking here being that each small part of the country would be made responsible for their own environment and their environment impact.
What if all suburbs would be sustainable? A standard system of environmental impact would be created. Each suburb would have to know how much they are impacting, polluting, using etc of the land. How much oxygen for example are they producing and using? How much goods are being brought into that area, how much are they providing back?
This would all be calculated into a single number that would be their impact number. As an example there might be a suburb that has no production of anything. People are just buying and buying, and lots of it all the way from China. So this little suburb is impacting the environment heavily with their consumer behaviour. To counter that, they will have to ensure they have lots of green parks to produce oxygen, and will have to increase their local purchases. They might also ensure that they have no manufacturing or polluting components to their suburb. Additionally, all the houses might have solar panels and several households might do car-share between them.
[one_two_first]Complexity: 3 / 5
Viability: 2 / 5[/one_two_first]
[one_two_second]Impact: 4 / 5
Estimated Startup Cost: <$500K Research and single suburb[/one_two_second]
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