Energy and Power – Lectures and Activity 2


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Note: All of this is also outlined in the Course Schedule. Here I provide more detail. Be aware of the individual and group work days 2.27 – 3.2 as well as Quiz 3 on 2.27 (Chapters 8 and 9).

Friday 2.17 – In-Class Video: The Shareable Future of Cities

In class on Friday 2.17, we’ll watch and briefly discuss the TED talk, Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities (you can view the full transcript via the link — click on the interactive transcript button). While watching the video, I invite you to livetweet your impressions to #stem110t on Twitter.

We’ll then move through the following slides on the basic concepts of Energy and Power (ODU Google login req’d). These aren’t in your textbook (nor will they be on the next quiz), but they will be important foundational concepts.

Individual Blog Post: “The Shareable Future of Cities” – Activity 2 (20 points)

Publish on your own blog by Monday 2.20 at 11.55pm

While watching the video (and you can work on this over the weekend), compose a new blog post entry titled,

The Shareable Future of Cities” and include the tag stem110t (as well as any additional tags you think relevant). You can review the video and refer to the full transcript if you missed any of the points while he was talking.

In your entry, discuss each the following points (you can copy the list and paste into your blog post, then type your response after each point):

  • How many people does Steffen estimate we will have 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”.
  • What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?
  • What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?
  • Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.
  • 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?
  • Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.
  • Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question!

Then, review and comment on at least one other response from your peers (preferably within the same section).

Monday 2.20

By class on Monday 2.20, please have viewed the TED talk, Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia. I’ll follow-up on your individual blog responses to the Steffen video and discuss your impressions of Dunham-Jones video relative to the expectations for Assignment 3.

During Monday 2.20 class, I’ll begin with a few of your posts for opening discussion.

Wednesday 2.22 – Appropriate Technology

By class on Wednesday 2.22 please have read Chapter 8 on Appropriate Technology in your textbook. As you are reading, pay particular attention to how you would respond to the five bulleted questions listed on page 255, including examples that relate to Norfolk or the surrounding area. At the beginning of class be prepared to spend the first 5 minutes writing your response  to one of these questions. Then, we’ll spend the next 15-20 minutes sharing your collective responses.

During class, we’ll review the following slides on Appropriate Technology (ODU Google login req’d). In a second set of slides, we’ll then learn More About Technology as a System – Inputs and Outputs (ODU Google login req’d). We’ll pay particular attention to the issues of outputs related to the technologies we choose to implement.

Friday 2.24 – Environmental Issues

By class on Friday 2.24, please have read Chapter 9 on Environmental Issues in your textbook. Focus on the following sections:

  • Public Support of the Movement (pp. 297-299)
  • Climate Change and the Global-Warning Debate (pp. 302-304)
  • Localized Environmental Problems (pp. 305-307)

Also before class be sure to view the TED video Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants.

During class, we’ll discuss your reactions to Chapter 9 and the Dawson video. Then, we’ll view William McDonough on cradle to cradle design.

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