Posts Tagged ‘PESTLE’

Hey CES Juniors and Seniors!

May 6, 2010

Your final projects/final exams are posted on the pages to the left. Look for the Title CES: Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Look for your grade level and click on the  link.

I have listed and linked about 20 different websites. Feel free to email me your suggestions. I will edit the pages with new links every 48 hours. I encourage you to take the time to look at several differnet vantage points. You are all quite smart. You know that the Nature Conservancy and the American Petroleum Institute will have different angles on this oil spill. I can’t wait to see how you interpret their ideas, and I’m equally interested in hearing your ideas.


apes: ripped from the headlines

January 5, 2010

…or should I say, headlines ripped from apes? I was at the local Chevron station on Sunday morning, buying a Diet Coke, and I looked down at the Birmingham News and guess what I saw. The front page article, just belwo the fold was about Birmingham’s current mayoral race and focused on regional cooperatoin and economic development. Sound familiar? It gets better. The first paragraph of the article compared Birmingham’s failures at reginal development to successes in Chattanooga and Denver. We talked about and wrote about these very things in our final project.

Remember what I said at the end of the year. The work we did was meaningful. The ideas and solutions you guys generated are meaningful. Use them as you move on to your next phase of learning.

BTW…the entire article is available in the followig link.

PESTLE Update: The working draft is available

December 11, 2009

D’Andre just emailed me your working draft. It’s contained on the page called, “PESTLE…Round 3” Get some decent work done over the weekend. Remember, everyone has to agree on every word. That is consensus.
You will be back in your sectors on Tuesday. The physical space between everyone will provide a good perspective on the text.
We will clean everything up, and have a quick signing ceremony on Tuesday.

apes, week 18: Pounding out the PESTLE

December 7, 2009

Hey kids, check the columns to see where we stand so far on our final project.

Monday (12/7) should be productive. On Friday you started thinking about “next steps” and forming natural partnerships with other sectors. On Monday I want us to come up  want each sector to come up with 2 or 3 agenda items for the policy paper. We will step back and look for two things. One, look for  items have natual connections. Second, look for  agenda items that are completely at odds with eachother.

As we move forward on Monday I want you to think about a couple of guiding principles. Remeber that every word we write has to be agreed upon by consensus. That means that everyone must agree that every paragraph/sentence/word matters, and they fit the goal of the final document. I think it will be easier to come to consensus on every word, every sentence, and every paragraph if we think hard about our initial ideas and make good descisions early.

Look for the pages on the right to fill up as we move through the process. I know we are dealing with a short clock, but we need to be writing by Wednesday. Oh yeah, and one more thing: Roll Tide.

apes, week 17: PESTLE approach to air quality

November 29, 2009

This should be an exciting week. It’s time to start our final project on Birmingham air quality and Birmingham’s potential economic development.

We’ve got two weeks to work together and a 90 minute wrap-up session on the day of the final. Both weeks are about collaboration. This week is focused on getting the information on the table and framing the question. Next week will be all about writing.

Before the end of Monday, I will have a “PESTLE page” on this blog dedicated to the final project. We can put all the papers and all the bullet point documents up on the “PESTLE page”.

Monday (11/30): Finish work on Research Papers/Begin collaborating with other members of your small group.

Tuesday (12/1): Finish small group work. Develop one page synopsis available for everyone. If time: begin small group presentations (7-10 min each)

Wednesday (12/2): Small group presentations (7-10 min each)

Thursday (12/3): Framing the Question/Weekend assignments

Friday (12/4): Values and Beliefs

APES, Week 14: Non-renewable Resources continued

November 9, 2009

This should be an interesting week. We get two days together and you get two days away from me. Whether I’m there or not, the theme of the week is getting it together. One big assignment (Human Demographics) and two small assignments (Personal Water Use and Mining) will be due by the end of the week. I think the best plan of attack is to focus all class time on these three projects so we can come back next week and focus on our last in-class project and our Final PESTLE project .

Monday (9Nov09): a) Partern Up to talk about Human Demographi; b) look at Coal Mining data and continue with mining assignment

Tuesday (10Nov09): Use EIA data to estimate your home’s energy use

Wednesday (11Nov09): Veteran’s Day. No School.

Thursday (12Nov09): Work on Personal Water Budgets/do what you gotta do for specialty or college apps. Turn in Personal Water Budget by end of class.

Friday (13Nov09): Finish Mining and Energy assignment/work on PESTLE ideas/do what you gotta do for specialty or college apps. Turn in Mining and Energy Assignment by the end of the day.

Friday (13Nov09): Last day to complete, send links, or email me your Human Demographics projects. (Happy Birthday, Omar…even if you didn’t take APES.)

APES: Final PESTLE Project Revealed!

November 4, 2009

PESTLE Project: APES 2009

Question: How can Metro Birmingham (Jefferson/Shelby County) Alleviate Current Air Quality Problems and stimulate economic growth for the area?


1a) How is Jefferson County and Shelby County government set up?
1b) How has the lack of municipal cooperation lead to current air quality and         economic problems?
2) Is the Alabama Constitution a root cause of current air quality problems or will     anything get accomplished given our current constitution? What about the     current constitution lead to the current county and municipal     governments in     place?

3a) What are the traditional industries in Jefferson/Shelby County?
3b) How have they contributed to the current demographics of the area and     current air quality issues?
4a) What are the current economic engines in Jefferson/Shelby County?
4b)How have they contributed to the current demographics of the area and     current air quality issues?
5) How have other similar sized cities (in the SE) stimulated economic growth,             and decreased pollution?
If they haven’t decreased pollution, then what are their proposed solutions.         What barriers did those cities overcome to increase economic activity?

Follow up 1) Are there any hard numbers on the extrinsic value of smart growth     and open space? (Meaning, have there been any studies to suggest that per     capita income increases and property values increase when smart growth     occurs     and air quality improves?
Follow up 2) Technical/Scientific/Economic: What are the costs of these potential     solutions? Are they worth it?

6) Who, in the greater Metro Area is the most vulnerable to increased air     pollution and decreased economic activity?
7) Smart Growth? What is smart growth? Is it feasible in metro                 Birmingham? Is it Happening already? If so where. Are these smaller movements     scalable to other areas? What are some of the “roadblocks to smart growth?

no number) How should improvements to metro Birmingham infrastructure and     incentives for new businesses and smart growth be paid for? (this should be a     question in the room during the summit, not for research)
no number again) What role do individual consumers and power users play in     “cleaning the air” or decreasing air pollution? (should be in the room)

8) What is Birmingham’s current air quality Problem(s)?
What are the primary pollutants?
What are the causes of the pollution?
9) What are some proposed solutions for cleaning the air in birmingham?
a) Transportation? What role does transportation play in air pollution and                 air quality?
10)    b) Buildings/Homes? What role does increased building efficiency play in             cleaning the air?

11)     d) Energy Production? What is the role/what responsibilities do power             companies and energy resource providers (SONAT, ALAGASCO, Coal             producers) have in maintaining air quality?

12a)What local, state and federal laws are in place to clean decrease pollution?
12b) What local, state and federal laws “incentivise” decreased pollution and     smart     growth?
12c) Are there local ordinances in other cities that have paved the way for     economic growth?
13) What are the environmental consequences of decreased air quality?
What are the effects on our natural capital (forests, surface water,                 agricultural lands)
14) What are the effects of decreased air quality on human health (are there         any numbers on Birmingham residents?)