Honk for a Solution!

Green buses? What are those? Green buses have plants on the roof. They help to reduce the amount of CO2 in the air. The project called Bus Roots is helping the environment by soaking up some heat. Marco Antonio of New York City started the Bus Roots Project. BioBus is the first working green bus in New York City. In the past ten months, the BioBus has spread to Columbus, Ohio, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Indiana, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This quote was written by David Sunfellow on Nine Pulse blog. 

            “If we grew a garden on the roof of every one of the 4,500 buses in the MTA bus fleet, we would have 35 acres of new rolling green space in the city.”

By having plants on the top of all these buses, New York is creating more oxygen for the city. The plants are also absorbing CO2, which is the cause of global warming. It may not make a huge difference now, but it’s a step in the right direction.

On the other hand, when you put plants on the roof, the buses become less aerodynamic. The plants also make them heavier and they burn more fuel. I think that the BusRoots project was a great idea to add some life and beauty to a city, but I am not sure if the idea should be taken up all over the country. There are a few things I worry about though. Having the plants on the top of the buses might also make the buses easier to tip because of the weight. If the bus is top heavy, and goes to make a turn, it just might turn over. The buses navigate through blocks, so the turns are sharp. They could make a turn that the bus could’ve made without the plants, but with them, could the bus make the turn?

Would it not be easier to work on the efficiency of the busses that don’t have gardens on the roof? If the cities could figure out a way to make a bus run more efficiently, then there would be no need to worry about carrying the plants around. The buses are needed, so why not make them the kick-off to a better environment?

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6 responses to “Honk for a Solution!”

  1. clarkbeast says :

    Intrigued, I went and read the original article. I’m not sure that BioBus has “spread” to all of those cities. As far as I can tell, there’s just one demonstration bus and it has traveled to these locations. Still, cool story. The green rood idea is a cool one, an idea that has real potential for buildings. Check out this Walmart in Portland: http://www.earthtechling.com/2012/08/new-walmart-store-brings-big-green-roof-to-portland/

    • elizam0017 says :

      That sounds like a really cool idea. That might be a more efficient way to absorb more Co2. I really would like to do some more research on that topic. I was hooked on that article. Thanks!

  2. zaym0017 says :

    I am very intrigued by what they are doing in New York with their buses. It could be a solution, but just one question??

    Even if everybody did put plants on their buses, would it make a huge difference ?

    • elizam0017 says :

      That’s very true. In one of the articles I read a comment had the same question. It really depends on how far the project went. Everything depends on how well it is accepted by cities. Thanks! That is a great question. I would like to look into that even more.

  3. isabelled0017 says :

    How big of a difference could this make? In cities like NYC, I don’t know how much of a dent that would make. It’s an extremely cool idea though and I love the fact that someone was creative enough to come up with this, I think it shows we are heading in the right direction, but the consequences of the burning more gas? It might cancel out. This LOOKS like an amazing innovative step for us though, and it’s extremely interesting!

  4. ajaym0017 says :

    I am very intrigued by what they are doing in NYC. However, how big a difference will this make?

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