1.How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century-?
-about 8 million maybe more.
2.Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.
– I agree with this point because as an on campus student with everything right in arms reach, I would rather walk or use my bike to get to the places I want to go. This is probably true for many cities around the country. If the need and demand for cars is low, people will not use them.
3.What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?
– the denser the place, the lover the emissions.
4.What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?
-Eco districts are places where the town is more dense and compact, which makes it easier to get to places and it cuts back on energy. I think it could work in Norfolk if it gets something really attractive to the public in the town. This would make more people come to the eco districts.
5.Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.
– I agree with the threshold effect because I am the type of person that would fall into the category. Since there is so much to do around Old Dominion’s campus within walking or biking distance I really don’t drive anyway, even my job is close. I hate finding places to park so I never really move my car unless it’s necessary.
6.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 is talking about being able to use free spaces and using it wisely. Even people who share the same space like sharing heating and cooling can allow people to use less energy. Services like using sunlight to heat buildings or breezes to cool are the kind of things he explains. In Norfolk, it’s safe to say we have vacant spaces and we should utilize the space.
7.Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.
-This argument is saying it’s not about the little leaves that have grown from the tree, but the root of how it all started and what was done. This will determine the end results and the efficiency of the tree.
8.Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk?
– I agree that every city has opportunity to better its self. Norfolk has the potential to change like every other major city in America. This change would benefit the people and the environment. Big changes are going to be really hard to implement because driving is the”norm” for most people. So, to change Norfolk it’s going to take teamwork and effort from all the people who live here.