The Future of Norfolk

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I have always loved the idea of going green. One of my favorite things about going green with is in transportation. Living here in the city has great opportunity with developing newer green technologies in transportation. We already use the HRT and the new light rail to reduce the amount of cars being driven. But what about those who do still drive there vehicles? Could get them to drive more fuel efficient vehicles? switch to hybrids? What about just having a completely different fuel source? I think a great step toward the future would to add hydrogen vehicles to cities and refueling stations. It doesn’t cause pollution and is very efficient .

I am inspired by Honda’s FCX Clarity. A car that runs completely off hydrogen fuel cells and releases zero emissions. If this were to take off we could reduce our dependency on gasoline greatly. People also wouldn’t have to refuel as often because hydrogen fuel gets better mpg. 

There are other renewable energy I can see becoming apart of our city that would greatly help with lowering our dependancies on the energy we use now. Switch to solar and wind energy to provide our homes with electricity and heat. Using solar panels to power the cities traffic lights and cross walks. Push people more towards recycling by making it more abundant all around.

Prezi – http://prezi.com/y5qm69jrul9h/the-future-for-norfolk/

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The Future of Norfolk

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have always loved the idea of going green. One of my favorite things about going green with is in transportation. Living here in the city has great opportunity with developing newer green technologies in transportation. We already use the HRT and the new light rail to reduce the amount of cars being driven. But what about those who do still drive there vehicles? Could get them to drive more fuel efficient vehicles? switch to hybrids? What about just having a completely different fuel source? I think a great step toward the future would to add hydrogen vehicles to cities and refueling stations. It doesn’t cause pollution and is very efficient .

I am inspired by Honda’s FCX Clarity. A car that runs completely off hydrogen fuel cells and releases zero emissions. If this were to take off we could reduce our dependency on gasoline greatly. People also wouldn’t have to refuel as often because hydrogen fuel gets better mpg. 

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The Future of Norfolk

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have always loved the idea of going green. One of my favorite things about going green with is in transportation. Living here in the city has great opportunity with developing newer green technologies in transportation. We already use the HRT and the new light rail to reduce the amount of cars being driven. But what about those who do still drive there vehicles? Could get them to drive more fuel efficient vehicles? switch to hybrids? What about just having a completely different fuel source? I think a great step toward the future would to add hydrogen vehicles to cities and refueling stations. It doesn’t cause pollution and is very efficient .

 

The Future of Norfolk

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have always loved the idea of going green. One of my favorite things about going green with is in transportation. Living here in the city has great opportunity with developing newer green technologies in transportation. We already use the HRT and the new light rail to reduce the amount of cars being driven. But what about those who do still drive there vehicles? Could get them to drive more fuel efficient vehicles? switch to hybrids? What about just having a completely different fuel source?  

The Future of Norfolk

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Shareable Future of Cities

Posted: February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
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  • How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?
  • 8 billion +
  • Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.
  • I agree with with Steffen’s point that energy use is predestined because it is hard to not use energy.
  • What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?
  • In denser cities you don’t have to drive to places you need to go to. You can just walk because everything is closer together. If you aren’t driving you aren’t burning gas.
  • What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?
  • There are sustainable neighborhoods where people do not have to use too much energy. I think it could work for a place like Norfolk because we have a lot of people living here which means we need more stores to buy food for instance closer to their homes so go their instead of the one across town.
  • Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.
  • It could work if enough people were walking so just raise the gas prices higher so less people are driving.
  • 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?
  • That people can use the same space. Webb Center could be an example of people using the same space. They have career fairs, organizations, poster sales that come every know and then so we can check them out. Also a park can be used by different people. Family reunions, cook offs etc.
  • Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.
  • Saying that people have great ideas but are they going to work? Be efficient? He also said ways we can make things greener.
  • Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk?
  • I feel like parts of Norfolk are kind of using it. If you are a ODU student that lives on campus you never have to drive anywhere to get what you need. The bookstore, classes/ food/ pharmacy, and other stores are right here around campus within walking distance.

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Posted: January 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Begley, S. (2001). PROTECTING AMERICA The Top 10 Priorities. (cover story). Newsweek138(19), 26.

A fatal case of anthrax has been discovered in the mail system. But federal officials assured that anthrax spores could not leak out of sealed envelopes in large enough quantities to be considered dangerous. The officials also assured that other mail could not become contaminated by mail with anthrax. But then two workers died of inhalation anthrax at the U.S. Postal Service’s Brentwood center. There were anthrax mail arriving at off-site mail centers serving the White House, the Supreme Court, the State Department, and the CIA. The Postmaster General finally said, “There are no guarantees that the mail is safe.” Terrorist were indeed intending on using this anthrax as a weapon. After September 11 and with the anthrax what else could be at risk? With more risk could cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars? The Government is now contemplating on securing America’s points of vulnerability. Most of these security measures were already underway before September 11th; others require technologies we have yet to create. We have probed these vulnerabilities and in order to defend ourselves we must identify the targets that need defending.

 

I was actually very surprised reading about this case of anthrax, I had never heard about this before. I was also shocked to read that the Postal Service did nothing for their employees when they found out about the first death caused by the spores contained in the envelope. They didn’t finally announce that their mail wasn’t safe till after two employees died from inhalation anthrax. It was a relief to read that the government was looking for ways to find ways to combat bio weapons and to defend our points of vulnerability.