In the link that is provided shows that the military has found new ways to retrieve information and or find individuals by developing a new technology in which a team of scientists funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have implanted miniature neural and muscle stimulation systems into beetles to enable their flight to be remotely controlled.
Prezi hyperlink; http://prezi.com/ca_9ebjm5ciy/green-infrastructures/
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Norfolk is taking the initiative to improve the city by promoting sustainability, utilizing green building practices, as well as educating and promoting the residence about the practices of conserving energy. In order to meet the needs of today we must consider environmental sustainability without compromising or affecting the ability of future generations to meet the needs of the future. This will help in preparation for potential risks in the present as well as the future and preserve the environment we live in. Building green infrastructures within the City of Norfolk will establish a sense of sustainability by developing run off systems to assist with flooding problems.
The PlaNorfolk 2030 has the resources to establish green infrastructures to enhance the use of the environment around us. Norfolk possesses a number of different resources that will not only protect the environment, but also to enhance it. Natural resources that are provided to Norfolk stretches up and down the Chesapeake Bay beaches and dunes as well as the rivers and wetlands within and around the city. Norfolk is surrounded by water with an estimated 144 miles of shoreline along with bays, rivers and about 750 acres of wetlands, which provides a large aquatic ecosystem. Utilizing city parks, open green spaces, and street trees can play a significant part in developing a sustainable environment.
Unlike other run off systems such as storm water infrastructures that consist of pipes to dispose and manage rainwater, green infrastructures uses the vegetation and soil within and around the city to manage rainwater where it falls. Developing these types of infrastructures utilizes the natural processes within our environment that provides a way to manage storm water, flood mitigation, air quality management, and many other positive advantages to support a sustainable environment. Green infrastructures is a solution that can replace and or repair the City of Norfolk that can meet many objectives to develop a green environment.
Prezi Link: http://prezi.com/ca_9ebjm5ciy/green-infrastructures/
I have found some information from a number of sites that maybe able to help us find a solution to parking at ODU. I found solutions from different universities such as Georgia, Oregon, and UCF in which some of them talk about establishing perimeter parking with bus services around the clock to help students, faculty and employees get to campus without dealing with the problems of on campus parking. They also suggest car pooling and riding bikes to reduce students, faculty and staff from having troubles with parking. UCF explains building new parking garages around campus as well as utilizing areas that are not being occupied by buildings or anything else can be used to develop parking spaces.
- How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?
Steffen explains that there will 8 billion maybe more individuals living in cities or within day’s travel of one by mid-century.
- Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.
I would have to agree but at the same time disagree. The reason why I agree is because of the buildings that are being constructed as well as vehicles and other things that affect our climate were created before anybody knew how these things would affect our climate and people were unaware of these affects. Now, Through thorough research we have found what has caused the climate change and how we are being affected by carbon emissions and the use energy. That’s why I agree with Steffen about it being predestined. I disagree because now that we know about the causes of our climate change many people continue to use products or other things that affect our environment, which at that point makes it behavioral.
- What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?
The correlation Steffen makes between a city’s density and it’s climate emissions is that both have a direct relationship and that denser places tend to have lower emissions. He explains that the reason for that is because is a denser city everything is close by in which people will either walk or ride a bike to these near by places.
- What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?
The eco districts Steffen talks about are built to make a city more dense and more sustainable. Constructing buildings in places we normally wouldn’t build them called Infill development and urban retrofitting in which we contrast and use things that are already there. I believe it is feasible in Norfolk because every year the city continues to grow and eventually will need to start looking into these concepts to better our environment. In Norfolk there are places that are vacant and can be used for infill development.
- Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.
I agree to disagree because in high density city’s a lot of people will either walk, ride a bike or use public transportation, but I don’t think everybody will start giving up cars all together because of the fact that there are places that are far and they may want to drive or even travel.
- 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?
What Steffen is explaining is that being able to use vacant spaces and using the access to the capacity of thing’s. Even people can share the same spaces, developing buildings that we use for mechanical things like heating and cooling and turning them into things we avoid spending energy on. Also, services such as using sunlight to heat a building a breeze to cool certain areas these are the types of services he explains. In Norfolk I’m sure we have vacant spaces and can utilize that space. Just being able to figuring out what services can be done in that space will need some thought.
- Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.
My understanding of Steffens argument is that he is explaining ways where we as people can become more green and utilizing the energy around us. By building green infrastructures so that when it rains we can take run off and clean the water reuse it as well as use it as energy. Even going as far using the ecosystem around us.
Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question!
I can definitely see the city of Norfolk using Steffens idea about infill development in where we have buildings as well as building green infrastructures to save energy and reuse water for energy especially with the problems in Norfolk and the runoff systems with the roads flooding all the time. I believe this will help Norfolk tremendously in using some of Steffens ideas in fixing the problems of flooding and energy use. I can definitely see the people that live in the city of Norfolk walking and riding their bikes to travel to places that are close by.
Heres the link for future parking services for ODU.
Throughout our lives we always wander how good our health is and weather or not when in the gym are we seeing any progress. Well The Chandler Fitness Center of the Future from Intel featuring Octane Fitness Elliptical Cross Trainers is said to record your workouts as well as your progress in whether or not you are reaching your goals.. Merging technology with fitness, is the future in staying fit and healthy, and is ideally the answer to a healthier America. Watch this link it gives detail on how the future of technology will play big a role in our workouts.