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Assignment 12 Building Technology Laboratory

The final lap around the track in BT Lab is a daylighting simulation for your house.

Modeling/Simulation Experiential Learning Architecture SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Assignment 1: Elemental Case Study Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes

Small group project exploring the urban/planning implications of water, food, “nature” (however specifically defined), energy, and communications in the Boston area. Each small group will be assigned an “element” to research and document.


Group Presentation, Visual Representation, Written Report Place-Based Learning Urban Planning SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Assignment 1: Pond and Charity Good Food: Ethics and Politics of Food

In his essay, "Famine, Affluence, and Morality," Singer argues that there is a close analogy between POND and CHARITY (see p. 38 of FES).

  1. What are the relevant similarities between POND and CHARITY for the purposes of Singer's argument?
  2. Do you think that the analogy supports his conclusion? Why or why not?
  3. Suppose someone objected: But in POND, there is one drowning child. In CHARITY, there are too many starving children to help by a single action, so I would have to give something additional up daily for my whole life. This is too much to ask. How would Singer respond?
Paper Other Ethics SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
Assignment 2 Environmental Policy and Economics

Problem set for the course Environmental Policy and Economics. 

Problem Set Other Economics SDG 8 - Decent Work & Economic Growth
Assignment 2 Building Technology Laboratory

The second phase of our first lab consists of three parts: 

  1.  Please calculate the thermal time constant, in minutes, from your experimental data, using the three methods to be given in lab this week.
  2. Construction of solar building. Please complete the construction of your solar building, using the design specifications given in lab last week.
  3. Estimation of air temperature inside your house.
Lab Architecture SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Assignment 2 (Theoretical Environmental Analysis) Theoretical Environmental Analysis

Problem set from the class Theoretical Environmental Analysis.

Problem Set Other Earth Science SDG 15 - Life on Land
Assignment 2 - EPA Open Docket on Pesticides Methods of Policy Analysis

The EPA has opened docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0844 to review neonicotinoids, pesticides that may have an adverse effect on pollinators, including bees. You have been asked by your client to review the EPA primary and supporting documents and provide a 2-page memo of comments to the EPA stating your position. You may choose your client. Decide who you will represent—an advocacy group, a state environmental protection agency, a farmer, etc.

Memo, Presentation Other Policy SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Assignment 2: Bibliographic Essay and Annotated Bibliography Introduction to Environmental History

For this assignment, you will choose a subject within the broad heading of exploration and environment, and write a bibliographic essay about it. What you write about for this assignment will also be the subject of your third assignment—a ten-page research paper—so you will want to chose your topic carefully. It should be broad enough to allow you to analyze political, cultural, economic and ecological factors, but narrow enough to allow you to construct a convincing and well-reasoned argument.


Paper Other History Varies
Assignment 2: Flow Good Food: Ethics and Politics of Food

Please write 250-500 words (total) on the following questions.

  1. Please describe one segment of or image from the film Flow that you found powerful. What message did you get from it?
  2. Please critically reflect on the message in your own terms. Did you see connections with readings we have done so far on global justice, food security, food sovereignty, the social meaning of food/water, capitalism, labor justice?
  3. If you were to teach someone something you learned from the film, what would you tell them?
Paper Other Ethics SDG 6 - Clean Water & Sanitation
Assignment 2: Site Probes Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes

In teams of 1, 2, OR 3, students will conduct visits to sites of their own choice. Using direct observation, photography, mapping, and online data collection, you will “probe” your site, uncovering social, political, economic, physical, and environmental conditions specific to that place.

Maps, Photographs, Verbal Summary, Written Report Place-Based Learning Urban Planning SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities