A Change for the Better (making Norfolk a more eco-friendly environment)

My presentation below is dealing with ways to make Norfolk a more eco-friendly environment, or how others would say to “go green”. I believe that there is a lot of opportunity here in our community to make changes. If everyone contributes even a little to the change, we could have a big impact on our environment. The presentation pretty much speaks for itself, I don’t think it needs a big introduction. I hope you enjoy it! Comments are welcome!  =]

A Change for the Better


“The Shareable Future of Cities”

How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century?

  •  8 billion, maybe more

Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.

  • I believe that our energy use is both behavioral and predestined.  Behavioral because people can choose to use energy in  any way they want. Just because all these different types of energy is available doesn’t mean everyone uses it at all or at the same amount as everyone else. Predestined because some energy available needs to be used in order to accomplish daily tasks such as lights, computers, or transportation.

What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?

  • denser areas have lower emission

What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?

  • Eco districts are sustainable neighborhoods. I think it could be feasible in cities like Norfolk because things are more convenient to get to already. Food places are walking distance as well as transportation causing a decrease in the use of private vehicles.

Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.

  •  I believe that the threshold effect is a creative idea. However, I do not believe that people would want to give up their car. As a person who relies on their car to get everywhere I could never picture myself letting go of it. Yes, i believe that people should limit the amount they use their vehicle if there is another way to get to where they need to be such as the bus, but having your own vehicle is more convenient.

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?

  • Steffen means that we could make use of the extra space that we have already that is not being used. Such as closed buildings that could be used for something else. Here in Norfolk I have seen quite a few closed down buildings or shops that I think could be used  for opening a little restaurant, office, or maybe even some type of clinic.

Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.

  • He’s stating that the ideas that people come up with needs to do more than just look good or stand out, it needs to be effective.  He also gave examples of ways to be “greener” such as turning waste into soil or using a rain water filter system to collect water.

Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question!

  • I see some of Steffen’s ideas working here in Norfolk, especially with the rain water filter. It rains alot here and when it does rain the water floods the streets. To me this looks like a waste. If we had buildings to catch the rain water we would be saving alot instead of wasting. Also with the “threshold” effect there is a slight possibly of this idea working. However, I don’t believe that people would truly want t give up their vehicle even if places are near by.

Social Media Policy


So I came across this news article on two events involving McDonald’s and Starbucks. This article is very interesting. Im sure some of you have seen the topic on Mcdonald’s all over facebook or twitter. However, I didn’t know that it was this serious. I also found humor in this article because as you all may know restaurants often have a policy on the use of social medias. Some may state that a coworker is not allowed to discuss anything that goes on with the company or even post any pictures. However, with these two issues involving mcdonalds and startbucks, they used social media in order to clear up the rumors being spread about their company.


using technology for communication

Technology is developing into new and better things every year. The devices we use in order to communicate with one another is amazing. We can send emails or text messages when ever we need to. However, sometimes it can cause frustration. Have you ever sent an important text to someone, or at least thought you sent one, started to wonder whats taken your friend so long to text you back, look at your phone and notice “Message not sent” or “Sending failed”? How about send an important email to  coworker or classmate and they never reply? I’m sure we all have felt frustrated by this before.


Abstract 1: Workers of the world, unwind

Technology Review (00401692); Article  Schorling, J.B. Maddocks, B. Nov/Dec91, Vol. 94 Issue 8, p24, 9p,


As the years progress, the time Americans spend at work is increasing while their leisure time is decreasing. The reason for this seems to be because of a “work-and-spend” ethic. Employees seem to be comfortable with working long hours on the job because long hours mean more money. To many people luxuries become necessities. Employers ask for longer hours in order to go on spending. This issue may seem as if there is no problem. However, working long hours can have an effect on not jus families but also the environment. Long shifts can increase the amount of natural resources we use and the amount of pollutants we spew out. Many people don’t look at their work ethic in such a way. Some can’t even imagine a shorter work week. Some believe that in order for America to be a competitive country people need to work harder and longer shifts than other countries.  It’s not that the thought of workers having more leisure time is not thought of. It’s if Americans’ have the ability to use it properly. Will the free time be wasted and not valued. Will people sit in front of the TV all day or at the mall?

Although this article was written in 1991 I partially agree with it. I believe that Americans’ still today are working long hours. However, I also believe that sometimes they are working too long of hours. Being a college student and working towards my goals every day, I always try to picture how my career will be in the future. I plan on having a job I enjoy and making a lot of money. I know that with good money comes hard work, which I am willing to do. I feel as though people should have more say so at how much they work. If money is everything to someone and they want to work long shifts everyday of the week then that should be their choice. If another person likes more time to themselves or to take part in other hobbies and work a regular 9 to 5 then that should be their choice as well. I don’t see why it matters what someone does during their leisure time. For ones who like to work all day I believe that with the technology we have today, they should be capable of taking the same work they could be doing on the job and continue it at home. Yes, they could still get paid for their continued work but they would be in the comfort of their home and able to relax while completing their task. This would also give those who like more leisure time to have a choice to whether they want to continue their work at home and get paid for it or just relax that evening and get back to it the next morning at work.

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This entry was posted on January 16, 2012. 1 Comment