Posts Tagged ‘energy’

ces, week 26: It’s all about Energy

February 21, 2010

One of the ideas floating around the room lately has been, “It’s all about money.” The point being that environmental solutions are only tenable if they’re economically feasible. After a weekend of hiking, driving, talking, and paddling, I’m coming back to the idea that the money doesn’t mean a thing if we don’t have clean air, clean water, and clean soil. You know, natural capital.

This week we’ll begin to untangle one of the thorniest issues in environmental science: energy. We’ll keep things pretty close to the surface, but we will have an opportunity to explore transportation energy, and electricity generation. The focus here is on you, your behaviors, and the cumnulative effects of individual action. Like the little signs around ASFA say, “Little Things Add Up.”

Monday (2/22/10): Introduction to Energy Resources

Tuesday (2/23/10): Transportation Energy 1


CES/APES: The world is connected

February 4, 2010

Energy Experts Say Water Use and Energy Consumption Linked, Urge Conservation

Do you know how much water it takes to light your house? How about the electricity involved in watering your prize-winning tulips? As it turns out, it’s a lot more than you’d think.

Due to expected population growth and urbanization in the United States—especially in drought-prone Western States like Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada—two top energy experts at a AAAS discussion urged the federal and local governments to explore new strategies to meet nation’s burgeoning water and electricity needs.

Water and energy resources are inextricably intertwined, the experts said. Electricity generation requires a massive amount of water usage and water delivery requires energy to move into your home, and therefore conservation efforts cannot focus on a single resource.

“Without efforts exploring how we can better use water and electricity . . . business as usual will put us on a collision course with these two natural resources,” said Michael Hightower, Water for Energy project lead at Sandia National Laboratories.

For more information, read the full story.

APES, Week 15: Short week, loose ends

November 23, 2009

With only 74 minutes of instructional time, Thanksgiving break looming, and 15% of the class out with Wisdom Teeth extractions, there’s not a whole lot we can do. We will, however, be productive and talk a little about agriculture.

Monday (11/23): Finisih up Regional Energy Policy Presentations. Estimate Carbon Footprint of your favorite Thanksgiving food.

Tuesday (11/24): Finish estimates of your favorite Thanksgiving food’s Carbon Footprint.

Weds-Friday (11/25-11/27): Thanksgiving Break.

apes week 15: It’s all about Energy

November 16, 2009

Hey kids, we’re still talking energy, only this time we’ll dive into renewable fuel and your fuel…food. 7 Days of “traditional class”. When we come back from Thanksgiving Break it’s PESTLE time.

Monday (11/16): Finish up non-renewable energy: Natural Gas and Nuclear

Tuesday (11/17): Non-renewable Energy Overview/Regional Energy Plan (groups of 4)

Wednesday (11/18): Regional Energy Plan Research

Thursday (11/19): Regional Energy Plan Research/Turn in Regional Energy Matrix

Friday (11/20): Who wants culture…Agriculture!

apes, week 13: Finish Aquatic Resources, Begin Energy

November 1, 2009

Monday (11/02): Receive Personal Water Use Assignment. (Due 11/10/09)


Tuesday (11/03): Introduction to Non-renewable Resources, Draw PESTLE questions!

Wednesday (11/04): Mining Lab. Show up with an open mind!

Thursday (11/05): Determine Mining Profits (or losses) and begin energy conversion lab.

Thursday (11/05): Ken Miller speaks at UAB Honors House about teaching evolution in America. 7pm, open to the public

Friday (11/06): Look at personal energy use. Determine how much coal your home would burn.