The Blues

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AGENDA

The Blues are mainstream free-marketers. Such people have a positive bias toward the future based on technological optimism and the strength of the economy. They are armed with a strong statistical case, based on the vigorous and dynamic economies of Western and (until1998) Asian nations. Their approach is deeply rooted in conventional economics, and their number-crunching reveals a world vastly improved and rapidly ascending. Blues believe that reliance on innovation, investment, and individual freedom will ensure a shining future for humankind, and a level of material well-being that has strong appeal to virtually everyone in the world. Their optimism also extends to the environment, believing that in most cases, markets will send strong and appropriate price signals that will elicit timely responses, mitigating environmental damage or causing technological breakthroughs

BLUES HOMEWORK

Advocating for the Pink Lake city require some solid arguments about how you are brining benefits not only to business but also working class and environment. In one-page write why this city is a desirable one and what are bringing to the table that makes is irresistible solution. In your 2ndpage, write three paragraphs: (i) why the Greens are not realistic and will not get things done on their own, (ii) How the Reds are romanticizing their goals and can’t achieve them without such a project that is mainly centered around business, and hoe their lack of funding will always make it essential for the business to take part, (iii) Why the whites are too neutral and have no much stake in this.

The Greens

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AGENDA

The Greens see the world primarily in terms of ecosystems, and thus concentrate on depletion, damage, pollution, and population growth. They focus on carrying capacity and want to bring about better under- standing of how large the economy can grow before it outstrips its host. Their policy focuses on how many and how much, the number of people, and the amount of impact each person can have upon the environment. Greens are not usually technophobes; most see technology as an important tool to reduce human impact. More recently, some have become interested in free-market mechanisms, and want externalities presently borne by society to be fully integrated into producer costs and consumer prices so that markets become, in David Korten’s phrase, “mindful.” The Greens, and to some extent the Reds, host bigger tents in that they hold a bolder and broader diversity of views. But this also keeps them splintered and self-canceling, as Greens tend to unite their enemies and divide their friends, a good formula for political failure. They are often portrayed as caring less for people than animals, more about halogenated compounds than waterborne diseases.

GREEN’S HOMEWORK

What are your core arguments to advocate for this project and why caring about the environment is the foundation of everything? In one-page advocate for the project and tell us why such green spaces are important to micro climate enhancement, the well-being of people, the air quality and even the aesthetics of the spaces that people use. In your 2ndpage in three paragraphs indicate (i) How the Blues are taking advantage of a pristine ecosystem and wanting to exploit the resources and not benefit the local people or even the natural environment. (ii) Why the Whites are too neutral and have no much stake in such a project and their neutrality doesn’t help much. (iii) Why the Reds are always ignoring the fact the low-income groups are people who also deserve good environment and that their well-being won’t be achieved without have a balanced ecosystem and an adequate use of the resources.

Environment & International Organizations

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In groups of two, see the UNEP shared report on the class-material page and write an over all critique of it. Focus on the indicated pages as they correspond to class material and focus. You may use the following questions as g guide:

  • In couple of lines describe your understanding of the UN in general and UNEP in particular in protecting the environment.
  • In your views: What are the SDGs that relate directly to the environment and do they cover all aspects of the environment?
  • The report suggests 10 recommendations, according to earlier lectures and class material, which of those is more important and significant for the environment and why?
  • The report addresses several topics such as climate, ecosystem, urbanization,…etc. What is the most significant one that can be addressed globally via the international organizations (UNEP or other)? And Why?
  • The report connects the environment and health (our well-being), give an example from a case you know or from your daily life showing this relationship.
  • What are the suggested policies/ government strategies to maintain healthy environments, and what is your assessment of such policies.

Environmental Organizations on International Scale

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  • In couple of lines describe your understanding of the UN in general and UNEP in particular in protecting the environment.
  • In your views: What are the SDGs that relate directly to the environment and do they cover all aspects of the environment?
  • The report suggests 10 recommendations, according to earlier lectures and class material, which of those is more important and significant for the environment and why?
  • The report addresses several topics such as climate, ecosystem, urbanization,…etc. What is the most significant one that can be addressed globally via the international organizations (UNEP or other)? And Why?
  • The report connects the environment and health (our well-being), give an example from a case you know or from your daily life showing this relationship.
  • What are the suggested policies/ government strategies to maintain healthy environments, and what is your assessment of such policies.

Regional & Interstate Environmental Authorities

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Established in 1936, the Interstate Environmental Commission (IEC) is a tri-state water and air pollution control agency for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

You are an environmental consultant hired to assess and evaluate the performance of such an organization. You are tasked to indicate its strengths and weaknesses then suggest policy reform and adjustments for its mandates. You are given two academic papers to assist you:

  • Political Externalities, Federalism, and a Proposal for an Interstate Environmental Impact Assessment Policy
  • Evaluating collaborative environmental planning outputs and outcomes: Restoring and protecting habitat and the New York-New Jersey harbor estuary program

Your report as an evaluator should incorporate four sections:

  1. Current Situation of the (IEC) and its relation to individual states
  2. Advantages of such organization and the regional benefits it brings
  3. Highlight the shortcomings and explain where do you think it did not serve its purpose
  4. Future recommendations for its environmental mandate

In groups, write the evaluation report and do not exceed 4 pages covering the above structure.

Environmental Authorities on Regional & Interstate Level

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Established in 1936, the Interstate Environmental Commission (IEC) is a tri-state water and air pollution control agency for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

You are an environmental consultant hired to assess and evaluate the performance of such an organization. You are tasked to indicate its strengths and weaknesses then suggest policy reform and adjustments for its mandates. You are given two academic papers to assist you:

  • Political Externalities, Federalism, and a Proposal for an Interstate Environmental Impact Assessment Policy
  • Evaluating collaborative environmental planning outputs and outcomes: Restoring and protecting habitat and the New York-New Jersey harbor estuary program

Your report as an evaluator should incorporate four sections:

  1. Current Situation of the (IEC) and its relation to individual states
  2. Advantages of such organization and the regional benefits it brings
  3. Highlight the shortcomings and explain where do you think it did not serve its purpose
  4. Future recommendations for its environmental mandate

In groups, write the evaluation report and do not exceed 4 pages covering the above structure.

Better Streets San Francisco Project

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As per the class workshop, write your overall assessment of the Better Streets San Francisco project. Use the questions presented in class for guidance but feel free to expand on them or use a different outline. Make sure to add the name of your group members in the blog text. Your submission shouldn’t exceed 5 pages and not less than 4. Feel free to use other sources to support your argument.

The Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan

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As per the class workshop, write your overall assessment of The Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan. Use the questions presented in class for guidance but feel free to expand on them or use a different outline. Make sure to add the name of your group members in the blog text. Your submission shouldn’t exceed 5 pages and not less than 4. Feel free to use other sources to support your argument.

Mission District Streetscape Plan

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As per the class workshop, write your overall assessment of Mission District Streetscape Plan. Use the questions presented in class for guidance but feel free to expand on them or use a different outline. Make sure to add the name of your group members in the blog text. Your submission shouldn’t exceed 5 pages and not less than 4. Feel free to use other sources to support your argument.

The Transit Center District Plan

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As per the class workshop, write your overall assessment of The Transit Center District Plan. Use the questions presented in class for guidance but feel free to expand on them or use a different outline. Make sure to add the name of your group members in the blog text. Your submission shouldn’t exceed 5 pages and not less than 4. Feel free to use other sources to support your argument.

Transit Center District Plan

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As per the class workshop, write your overall assessment of The Transit Center District Plan. Use the questions presented in class for guidance but feel free to expand on them or use a different outline. Make sure to add the name of your group members in the blog text. Your submission shouldn’t exceed 5 pages and not less than 4. Feel free to use other sources to support your argument.

The Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan

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As per the class workshop, write your overall assessment of The Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan. Use the questions presented in class for guidance but feel free to expand on them or use a different outline. Make sure to add the name of your group members in the blog text. Your submission shouldn’t exceed 5 pages and not less than 4. Feel free to use other sources to support your argument.