Different Treasure Valley Green Initiatives

It has become more and more important over the last couple of decades that people and organizations take a bigger part in making sure the planet keeps on surviving as it always has. We as human beings have made a noticeable impact on the world we live on the surface of and if we want to continue to live on the surface, there are things we need to do to lower and alter that impact. Each person, each company, each city, and each country needs to do its part to help the natural state of the Earth return to equilibrium. With that in mind, you might be wondering what Idaho is doing for its part to solve this problem and you are probably specifically wondering about the Treasure Valley, both because it is statistically likely that if you live in Idaho you also live in the Treasure Valley and because, as the most populous area of the state, it has the most people polluting and causing trouble. There are many things going on in Boise and its surrounding cities that spread across the Treasure Valley and here are a few of those things that might affect a change in the way the environment is impacted.

There are a wide variety of different things going on in Boise and the cities around it that are all aimed at reducing the area’s effect on the local and global environment. In fact, there are far too many to get into. However, there are a few major initiatives that I want to cover and be sure you are aware of, namely when it comes to transportation, energy, and clean water, the last being a problem that is increasingly serious in the United States (You would have thought we would have figured it out by now).

First of all, Boise is pushing for a better public transportation system. Idaho is not the easiest place to live when you do not own a car. It is possible to get around the major metropolitan areas without one but once you need to go more than a few miles, the trip ends up becoming hundreds of miles. There is just a lot of space between places of relevance in Idaho. However, there are still things that Boise is doing to improve its public transportation, in and around the city. There are buses, trains, trams, and there is even a fleet of bicycles sprinkled around the city that can be used by the public to shorten the distances between different parts of the city. This way, there are fewer people on the road in their cars, alone, spewing pollutants all over the place.

A lot of people in the city of Boise and the areas surrounding it want to see changes and improvements in how energy is produced and used within and without the city. Like most places, much of the energy generated in and for Boise is not sustainable or clean by any stretch of the imagination. However, there are quite a few people and government agencies pushing for additions of solar energy as well as geothermal. Solar energy is not the most efficient source of power there is on the planet, but it is certainly clean and can be used to slow the tide of damage and supplement current energy producers while the general problem is solved. Homeowners and businesses are being encouraged with different incentives to pursue their own personal use of solar power. Geothermal energy is a little bit different. Boise and the Treasure Valley are uniquely situated in a position to take advantage of what is going on beneath the surface of the earth to produce some energy that does not require any burning, and which is more reliable than solar energy. While the sun might not be shining, there is certainly always something going on underground.

It is also becoming a lot harder to find water that is truly clean and there are few other more essential needs to human survival than drinkable water (It also helps to know that the water you are using to clean yourself is clean and safe). There are parts of the Snake River that are not in the best of shape and the sources of water local to the Treasure Valley and Boise are similarly compromised in places. There is a general push to change this, both in the immediate timeframe and on a longer scale. There are those that are working on cleaning up the water that is already polluted and to make sure that no further pollutants make it into the area’s rivers and other water sources. Cleaning all of this water is not an easy task, but everyone recognizes how important it is and is working hard to turn things around.

I want to finish by talking for a moment on the different problems that face Idaho environmentally and what the state has to deal with which other states do not necessarily find to be problematic. All states share the fact that they have a population of people living within them and those people pollute and damage the environment. Idaho is lucky in that it has a smaller population than most of the other states and so such an impact is limited. It is unlucky in that it has a large population of livestock, and though it might come as a surprise to many, a large population of livestock can do a lot when it comes to pollution when it comes to environmental damage. For example, cows release methane. Since there are more than a million cows located within the confines of Idaho’s borders, this means that there is a whole lot of methane going up into the atmosphere and this addition is a significant agent in the degradation that has been building up on the planet. It is not necessarily the key ingredient in that degradation, but it is certainly a factor that needs to be adjusted and accounted for. So, while Idaho does not have as many cars on the road belching exhaust into the clouds, it does have a whole bunch of cows belching methane into the clouds.

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