Target: Monique Hawn, Superintendent, Turner Construction Company
Goal: Compliment the revolutionary creation of fuel efficient ground transportation network
According to an article in Inhabitat, around 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States come from the public transportation system. Since the United States produces nearly 30 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions produced by the entire world, and is in fact the second biggest international greenhouse gas emitter, it has become increasingly important to determine ways in which this number can be reduced.
The town of San Francisco, California has done just that. Together with Turner Construction Company, the city has begun construction on the state’s largest and most fuel efficient transit system. Costing nearly two billion dollars, the Transbay Transit Center has the capability to transport nearly 50 million passengers per year, house eleven different transit systems, and connect eight Northern California counties as well as the entire state with each other.
The project does not stop there. While being extremely fuel efficient, the construction of the transit center involved the recycling of 15 million pounds of steel as well as nearly 100,000 cubic yards of concrete. The transit center will also incorporate a rainwater recycling plan, a geothermal heating system, and natural lighting and ventilation. There will even be a park on the rooftop to make use of every square inch of space in this well-developed urban metropolis.
It is projects like these that deserve recognition and applause, for these are the projects that will make a difference in our world right now. Help us thank Turner Construction Company for being a leader in innovative sustainable designs.
Dear Ms. Hawn,
This letter is being written to thank you and your company for helping make the Transbay Transit Center a reality. In a world where space is limited, urban planning successes like the Transbay project need to be celebrated, for they are what will give people hope that a better world is possible.
The battle is not over, and major policy changes will still be necessary in order to fully supplement your beautiful project. However, you, your company, and the city of San Francisco have done a great job in showcasing what the people want, which is a world that is healthy and sustainable; a world that they can coexist with.
Keep up the good work.
[Your Name Here]
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