Fall 2016 Blog Assignments

Blog Assignment 1

My Urban Sustainability Impact: UIC Sustainability Fee

Since 2011, the UIC Sustainability Fee (formerly known as the Green Fee), a $3 per semester fee paid for by all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, provides a way to improve the quality of campus operations, reduce UIC’s environmental impact, and generate awareness about environmental and sustainable issues by creating opportunities for students’ involvement. The Sustainability Fee funds small, short-term projects, helps to subsidize larger, long-term projects on campus, and helps fund student travel to sustainability-related conferences. Review the Sustainability Fee website.

Identify one (1) new potential Sustainability Fee project idea and develop a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) blog.

Review the entire Sustainability Fee website, including the application process & funding criteria, rules and restrictions, and previously funded projects. The blog assignment must include the following requirements of the Sustainability Fee LOI application: 1) Project Title, 2) Project Timeline, 3) Project Description, and 4) Preliminary Project Budget. Do not include your first name, last name or netid when posting the blog.

BLOGS Due 10 PM on 09/11

COMMENTING ON BLOG #1 due by 10 PM 9/16

  1. Provide comments on two (2) blog posts written by your classmates on potential project ideas in which you would be interested in participating and submitting an actual LOI (perhaps together as a group.)
  2. Provide comments on two (2) other blog posts to provide valuable feedback and information, which helps develop a real LOI for that classmate’s potential project idea.

PLEASE READ THE FULL ASSIGNMENT SHEET FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

2015-2016 UIC Sustainability Fee Report

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Blog Assignment 2

Urban Sustainability, Energy & Public Health

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons

 

Environmental impact is one factor that contributes to public health issues, especially in urban areas, where there are large concentrations of people. Chicago, a large metropolitan area, has its own set of public health concerns that goes beyond its city limits and even crosses state lines.

 

Identify a specific public health concern as it relates to energy and urban sustainability in the Chicago area and suggest an informed, sustainable solution to alleviate/mitigate the problem.

Think about the following questions and address at least two of them:

1) What would be the best course of action and who would be affected?

2) Why would this plan be beneficial and how would it relate to urban sustainability?

3) How should a city government prioritize in order to address health-related and environmental/energy bottlenecks?

 

BLOGS Due 6 PM on 10/07

COMMENTING ON BLOG 2 due by 6 PM 10/14

PLEASE READ THE FULL ASSIGNMENT SHEET FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

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Blog Assignment 3

Science, Innovation & Technology for Urban Sustainability

Science, innovation and technology are important components of urban sustainability. They can provide solutions from the high-technology end to retrofitting, biomimicry, and more basic, inexpensive and readily-available technologies and planning approaches. Information and communication technologies (ICTs), and urban science and data can play key roles to solve urban challenges without expensive infrastructure requirements.

Identify an urban innovation project in any city in the world.

Think about the following questions and address one of them: 1) What role does this urban innovation project have for the city’s sustainable development goals? 2) What are the project’s sustainability outcomes and what methods/plans are they implementing to make the project a success? (Use valid examples to support your claim.) or 3) How does the project address all 5 factors for sustainable development (environment, economics, social equity, energy and health)?

BLOGS Due 6 PM on 11/04

COMMENTING ON BLOG 3 due by 6 PM 11/11

PLEASE READ THE FULL ASSIGNMENT SHEET FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

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Blog Assignment 4

Environmental Policy/Regulations for Urban Sustainability

NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans

NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans

Environmental Policy has been a rising sector in laws and regulation. On a federal level, the EPA is responsible for dealing with environmental policy and U.S. regulations regarding the environment. On a state and regional level, regulations become more specific to cater to that area’s specific needs.

Identify an environmental/sustainable policy or regulation in Chicago.

Think about the following questions and address at least two of them: 1) What is its purpose and what issues prompted the rule to be put into effect in the first place? 2) Has the history or implementation of the regulation changed over time? 3) Has it been productive? If yes, in what ways? If not, what can be done to encourage people to abide by these regulations? 4) How do urban and national politics intersect around environmental issues?

BLOGS Due 6 PM on 11/18

COMMENTING ON BLOG 3 due by 6 PM 11/26

PLEASE READ THE FULL ASSIGNMENT SHEET FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

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