Positive Impacts

Positive Impacts

and measureable benefits

The goal is to move millions of people into carbon negative lifestyles so we can stop killing the planet. The strategy is to deliver an alternative to obsolete urban design.  NextGenUrban is leading the global pivot toward true sustainable zero-carbon lifestyles by removing 14 tons of carbon emissions per resident annually (the equivalent of the average persons carbon footprint per year). 


Environmental Benefits

Each year NextGenUrban eliminates the following impacts for each resident:

 

  •  Electricity: We eliminate all 3.5 tons of COemissions related to each individual resident's electricity use (the average person's yearly electrical GHG footprint). HOW? A professionally managed solar farm with battery storage produces more electricity than is needed by our residents with the balance being sold to the public grid using energy arbitrage software. RELEVANCE? Residential electricity use is responsible for roughly 18% of global GHG emissions.


  • Food: We eliminate 1.84 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions related to our resident's consumption of fresh fruits vegetables herbs and spices. We further offset food footprints by sequestering CO2 with our on-site algae farm measuring one acre for every twelve households. HOW? We grow food on our own professionally run organic farm located inside the neighborhood to eliminate emissions related to growing, packing, and delivering the produce. Additionally, we sequester 1.16 tons of  CO2 per household annually to offset residents off-site food choices. RELEVANCE? Researchers estimated that the global average households food footprint is 3.0 tons of CO2equivalent per year. The average U.S. household’s food related emissions are closer to 8.0 tons of CO2equivalent per year, or 3.07 tons per person annually.      


  •  Natural Gas: We eliminate 0.4 tons of CO2equivalent per person per year related to the upstream impacts from 1,289 cubic meters of natural gas (the global average natural gas consumption per person per year). HOW?  We produce biogas (a drop-in replacement for natural gas) on-site from the neighborhood's own organic waste streams. RELEVANCE?  Four percent of a household's carbon footprint results from cooking with natural gas, and another 18% would result if the household heats water with natural gas, which we avoid by using solar water heaters. 


  •  Solid Waste: We eliminate 0.3 tons of CO2 per person per year related to the 1,268 pounds of solid waste created per resident, (the global average amount of trash produced per person). HOW?  In our dedicated facility, we collect, separate, upcycle, and/or sell solid waste to local third party buyers in order to keep all trash from entering landfills. RELEVANCE? Reports indicate the solid waste industry is responsible for 4% to 5% of global GHG emissions.


  • Sewage: We  eliminate 0.25 tons of CO2equivalent per person per year related to the 32,295 gallons of each resident's raw sewage, (the global average for sewage produced per person per year). HOW? All sewage is upcycled in a biodigester producing biogas and high grade fertilizer while keeping all sewage from entering the environment or a municipal treatment plant. RELEVANCE? Direct impacts of raw sewage and municipal sewage treatment plants account for 3% of global GHG emissions, and the indirect impacts from sewage account for another 2% of GHG. 


  • Construction & Concrete: We eliminate the 8.0 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions related to home construction (average home construction footprint). We eliminate 1.0 ton of CO2 related to each ton of cement used. We eliminate the footprint related to the use of steel rebar reinforcement. HOW? For our structures we use a non-mined, non-silica, non-cement material for our stucco and plaster. The material is lighter, stronger, and more durable than cement and lasts for hundreds of years. For our foundations and roadways that require concrete, we build with a locally produced low-carbon cement formula, then further reduce the footprint by adding crushed solid waste material into various concrete mixes to sequester more carbon. We use a structural polymer rod instead of steel rebar to reinforce our structures which are stronger, lighter, noncorrosive, and non-conductive. We then offset the remaining footprint by sequestering CO2 with our on-site algae farm. One acre of algae can sequester one ton of COin just 26 days, allowing us to offset construction and material footprints.  RELEVANCE? The concrete industry is responsible for 8% of global GHG emissions, and the construction and building materials industry overall is responsible for up to 10% of global GHG emissions. 


  • Tap Water & Grey Water: We eliminate 0.37 metric tons of CO2 related to the 36,786 gallons of tap water used by each resident per year (the average person's annual water consumption and the typical water delivery footprint)  HOW? With on-site circular water systems powered by our solar energy plant we micro filter on-site brackish water for our taps, and micro filter all grey water before returning it to the aquafer beneath our property. RELEVANCE? It has been reported that up to 40% of a city's electric energy is spent on moving, treating, and distributing water to its residents. Grey water entering the sewage system has an additional footprint that we also eliminate.


  • Drinking Water: We eliminate 0.4 tons of CO2  resulting from the 170 liters of bottled water consumed per person per year and its associated footprint of 400 grams of CO2 per liter (68 kilos per person per year). HOW? We purify, mineralize, and distribute high quality water from our on-site system so residents don't need bottled water. Our water far exceeds the quality of bottled water. RELEVANCE? The bottle water industry is responsible for 0.25% to 0.5% of global GHG emissions depending on what study you reference. The environmental impact from plastic waste is another tragic consequence we avoid.


  • Food Waste: We eliminate 0.8 tons of  CO2 emissions related to food waste that occurs at the household level per person per year. HOW?  We divert all household and restaurant food waste to our biodigester and convert it into biogas for our residents to use, and high quality fertilizer to regenerate healthy soils on our farm.  RELEVANCE? Food waste makes up 20% of all landfill material and causes up to 40% of a landfill footprint. It has been reported that landfills are the source of 2% of global GHG emissions.


  • Farm Waste: We eliminate the 0.5 tons of CO2 emissions per person per year related to crop waste at the start of the food supply chain. HOW? We grow the food residents need on an organic farm right within the neighborhood, thus eliminating the wasteful methods of industrial farming. RELEVANCE? As much as 15% of fresh produce crops never makes it off the farm because they don't meet beauty standards imposed by food retailers. Another 20% of produce never makes it off the retail shelf. 


  • Travel: We eliminate the impacts of up to 4.6 tons of CO2 per resident per year related to their car travel. HOW? By providing the neighborhood with a fleet of electric vehicles on a ride hailing service, then offsetting the rest of the footprint by sequestering CO2 with our on-site algae farm. RELEVANCE?  A typical passenger vehicle emits 4.6 metric tons of  CO2  per year. 


  • Algae Farm: To ensure each resident truly has a carbon-negative lifestyle, we sequester an additional 1.16 tons of CO2 equivalent per person per year with our on-site algae farm - a standard part of the NextGenUrban neighborhood design. Algae is known to sequester 10 to 50 times more carbon per acre than any other plant species, and when used in conjunction with CO2 micro bubble injectors its already incredible growth rate increases ten-fold. It has been reported that algae grown in AI-powered bioreactors is up to 400 times more efficient than a tree at removing CO2 from the atmosphere. In addition, the algae harvest provides our farm with high quality organic fertilizer and animal feed as well as powerful nutritional supplements for human consumption. Algae is recognized by the U.N. as a key product for global food security, and a drop in replacement for the carbon intensive fertilizer and animal feed industries. 

  

In summary, we eliminate 14 tons of CO2 per resident annually related to their consumption of water energy food and fuel, and transportation, and we eliminate all downstream impacts from their waste, sewage, trash, then we offset GHG emissions related to the construction of their home and resident's consumer purchasing choices with a carbon-sequestering algae farm to ensure our residents are truly living a carbon-negative lifestyle.   

economic benefits

of living in our neighborhood

Each resident of a NextGenUrban neighborhood will enjoy the following savings compared to USA national average costs;

  •  15% savings on electricity 
  • 20% savings on cooking fuel
  • 25% or more on fresh organic produce 
  • 30% savings on drinking water
  • Free recycling pick up.

social benefits

of a sustainable neighborhood

Self sufficient neighborhoods with their own privatized utilities and services deliver the following social benefits;

  • Increased Security Through Self-Supply
  • Increased Climate Stability
  • Local Jobs (Technical, Management, Labor)
  • Increased Household Savings Rate
  • Health and Wellness
  • Safe & Resilient Resources
  • Inclusive Micro Business Opportunities 
  • Clean Natural Local Environment  

 

Personal Benefits

of living a sustainable Lifestyle

On a very practical level, we save residents time and money, keep them healthy, protect their environment, and create local jobs while helping to solve some of the world's most urgent problems. 


But it's on the personal and family level where we create intriguing and unexpected benefits that will ensure lasting results.


When you and your family are no longer dependent upon the global supply chain for the critical resources of water energy food and fuel, you gain a deep sense of safety, security, and control over your life.  When combined with the knowledge that your lifestyle is in balance with nature and is not compromising your children's opportunity to do the same these feelings grow into a strong belief in a brighter future  


NextGenUrban believes these are among the most powerful impacts of all because liberating and inspiring people carries the power of exponential change that the world so badly needs at this time. This is what we refer to as "The Lifestyle Beyond Sustainability" - and that's the end-game we all need to reach.