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Week 1 Wednesday

Humans + The Environment


Resource use
Sustainability
Energy
(oil, gas, coal, solar, wind, hydro/water, geothermal, nuclear, and
ELECTRICITY [which actually uses coals])
Industrial Growth
Tech Industry
company management
Community Interaction
Ideological Friction
Income Inequality
Pollution
Air, CO2 etc. -
Water Pollution
Trash
Industrial Discharge
waste chemicals and oil spills
Development
Architecture/Buildings
impact on indigenous population. (Urban and Rural)
Building codes
LEED certifications (UCI) meeting standards
Land
Living/Communities
Connectivity (infrastructure)
Roads
Trains, Ferry, and Vehicles
Bridge
Space
over population
domination of wealthy communities
buildings
factories
major properties

Potential Questions (Ralph):


". With recent natural disasters hitting major countries like the United States,
how can building codes be revised in order to prevent major damage for the
".

people and the economy in the future? (What and how effective are the
current building codes in the United States?)
W. How much non-renewable energy sources do people consume in major
countries today, and how can we effectively incorporate renewable energy
sources?
X. What problems arise in cities or states where income inequality is most
evident? How does these problems positively or negatively affect the
respective locations?

Sample Questions (Price):


". What are the challenges with making electric cars more affordable/accessible?
W. What are the major issues with oil spills from oil rigs?
X. How much of our electricity comes from coal and how does that affect clean
options, like electric cars?

Class Questions:
". What realistic changes can be made to reduce the amount of waste by
Americans?
- How much waste do Americans produce every year?
- PACKAGING (plastic,paper,cardboard)
- FOOD
W. Is technology in America improving resource use and development?
- natural gas -> fracking -> hydraulic
fracturing (resource use)
- What is hydraulic fracturing? (technology)
- What happens to communities around fracking sites?