A Greener Future

In the future year 2030, I see the City of Norfolk as being a well developed sustainable city.  The ideas of compact development and smart growth will have been developed, living, retail, and commercial spaces will all be in the same building. Renewable-energy technologies will have been put into place, such as tidal power, helping to produce and save energy.  Also alternative fuel vehicles will be driven reducing the pollution in the air. By the year 2030 Norfolk will be an environmental friendly city where many people will want to live.


The Shareable Future of Cities

How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?

– Steffen estimate about eight billion people will be living in or near cities by mid-century.

Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.

– I agree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” because when a city is being built there is an estimation of how many people will be living there and how much energy they will be using.

What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?

– The correlation that Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions is that denser cities have lower emissions.

What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city likeNorfolk?

The “eco districts” are infill development, urban retrofitting, and tentpole density. I believe in a city like Norfolk these could be possibly feasible if living environments, social environments, and work environments were built closer together.
Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.

-I disagree with the “threshold effect” related to transportation because I don’t believe people would give up their cars.
What does Steffen mean by the idea that, “…even space itself is turning into a service…”? Can you provide any examples that you see here in Norfolk or elsewhere?

-Steffen’s idea that “…even space itself is turning into a service…” means that vacant spaces can be used as many different things by many different people. I don’t know any examples.
Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.

-My understanding of the argument, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”, is that it is not about how is looks but how it functions and what the benefits are from it.
Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question!

-I believe Steffen’s ideas would not work here in Norfolk because Norfolk is not the type of city that will be able to come together and form what is needed to make a sustainable city.

Reading Assignments

The readings for this class are so boring even though they are short. I hate to even open the book. I wish I had something that could read it to me to make it exciting.  I love my etext for biology, it is so much more exciting. It has lots of pictures, videos, and activities to help understand the reading.  All text books should be like that.

Abstract 1: Technology Overview and Impact

Bjerklie, D., Gorman, C., & Park, A. (2001). Diagnosing the risk. Time, 158(16), 42-43.

After the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 the nation has been in fear of more drastic attacks.   The most common forms of attacks are biochemical attacks, water attacks, food attacks, explosive attacks, and hazardous materials.  Biochemical attacks are fatal and are used in many terrorists’ attacks.  Anthrax is a common weapon used, when inhaled it causes death 90% of the time.  Terrorists may also try poisoning reservoirs or disrupting the water supply by breaking dams.  This form of attack is unlikely to happen because chlorine in water supplies kills bacteria and dams are highly secured.  Another form of attack is by gaining access to and using hazardous materials.  Chemical plants and trucking companies who carry hazardous materials have increased background checking, require more testing, and have increased security.  Attacking the food supply will result in a great number of deaths.  Contaminating food with Salmonella or E. coli causes diseases to develop and can spread quickly causing an epidemic.  Explosive attacks are also common forms terrorism.  Suicide bombing is used to often to attack small areas and are hard to prevent from occurring.  The American nation really has nothing to fear because more precautions have been put into place to prevent attacks.

This article describes the type of attacks terrorists would most likely use to attack the nation.  The article could have went into greater detail describing how the attacks would be prevented.

Technology & Me

Technology plays a major role in my life everyday.  I use it to communicate by social networking and texting, to get from place to place by either driving or taking the shuttle, and to also find out information about my classes and what is going on in the world today.  Without technology my life would be a lot pretty hard.  Most people take technology for granted and do not appreciate it, but not me, I am thankful for all the technology there is in the world.

Wikipedia and Reddit Blackout to Protest SOPA and PIPA – Video – Wired

Wikipedia and Reddit Blackout to Protest SOPA and PIPA – Video – Wired.

How Will This Affect Us?

My Future Career

I have no idea what my career will be yet. I am still in the process of trying to figure out what I want to do with my life.  Hopefully this assignment will not be too hard to do.

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