Fall 2017 Blog Assignments


Blog 1 UIC Sustainability Fee

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.


For additional information on previous projects: 2015-2016 UIC Sustainability Fee Report


Blog 2

Blog 2 Energy & Public Health

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 10 PM on 10/06

COMMENTING ON BLOG 2 due by 10 PM 10/13



Blog 3

Blog 3 Science, Innovation & Technology

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 a city’s sustainable development goals?  2) What are a 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 10 PM on 10/27

COMMENTING ON BLOG 3 due by 10 PM 11/03



Blog 4

Blog 4  Policy & Regulations for Urban Sustainability

Figure 1 By NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans – http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/115334main_image_feature_329_ys_full.jpgAlt: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001138.html (direct link), Public Domain

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 anywhere globally.

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 10 PM on 11/10

COMMENTING ON BLOG 4 due by 10 PM 11/17