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Personal Energy Consumption D-Lab I: Development

Determine your average daily energy consumption (in kWh). For this assignment, you can take into account only the electricity that you use, though you should be aware that there are additional energy expenditures in terms of transportation, heating, manufacturing processes to make the products that you use, etc. You should submit this as a table showing your energy consumption (power x time) for a few days and then come up with an average value.

Other Experiential Learning Development, Energy SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy
Problem Set 1 Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

Problem set for the course Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry. 

Problem Set Other Chemistry, Physics SDG 15 - Life on Land
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
Scenario Presentations Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning

Each student must make three oral presentations focused on three of the 14 scenarios available in this section. Two students will sign up at the start of the semester for each scenario. The third presenter will be selected at the beginning of the class to speak about that day's scenario. Students will be graded on both their answers to the assigned questions and the clarity of their presentation. Short descriptions are provided below. These presentations account for up to 30 points of your final grade.


Presentation Collaborative, Small Group Learning Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Lab 3: Residence Time Distribution and System Circulation Transport Processes in the Environment

Objectives: Estimate detention time and nominal residence time in a model basin

Lab Experiential Learning Environmental Transport Processes SDG 15 - Life on Land
Problem Set 3 D-Lab: Energy

Problem set for the course D-Lab: Energy.

Problem Set Inquiry-Based Learning Energy SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy
Problem Set 3: Seismology Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets

Problem set for the course Physics and Chemistry of Terrestrial Planets. 

Problem Set Other Chemistry, Physics SDG 15 - Life on Land
Assignment 5: Personal Reflection Good Food: Ethics and Politics of Food

Please write 250-500 words (total) addressing the questions below.

  1. Please describe one idea you encountered during this course that you found powerful.
  2. Please critically reflect on the idea in your own terms. What makes it powerful or meaningful to you? How is it related to things you had thought before taking the course? How does it connect (or disconnect) with ideas that you take to be common or popular?
  3. Is there any way in which the course has affected your actions and choices (note that “not at all” is an option!)? Do you think any of the arguments should prompt you to change your actions, even you aren’t inclined to change? Are there ways they may change your actions in the future? (Why or why not?)
Paper Other Ethics SDG 13 - Climate Action
Final Exam Sustainability: Political Economy, Science, and Policy

Please answer question 1; and then either question 2 or question 3. This is the same type of format and approach as the mid-term.

Suggested length: No fewer than 5 pages and no more than 7 pages for each question, double spaced, not triple spaced with wide margins. (Of course if you can do an excellent essay in less than 5 pages, by all means proceed).

  • Each answer is in essence an 'essay' on the topics you have selected. You must draw on the assigned readings.
  • Do not use the same readings as you did in the mid-term, or focus on the same topic.
  • Since you need to demonstrate familiarity with the assigned readings relevant to each question, feel free to draw from materials across the 13 weeks - as needed.
  • Do not use the same assigned readings for both questions. If you find it necessary to draw on the same assignments, use additional references to make up for the 'double duty factor.'
  • Try to use at least 4 different sources in your answer to each question.
  • For general points, please note that you need the author's name; for specific points noted, you need the author plus the relevant page. Please add your reference list at the end of each question.
Exam Other Political Science SDG 15 - Life on Land
Written Assignments 1 and 2: Cheap Meat Food, Culture & Politics

Essay part one for people culture and politics.

Paper Other Food SDG 2 - Zero Hunger