Dan Esposito firstname.lastname@example.org
October 12th, 2nd Afternoon Session
Topic: Sustainability and Beauty in an Urban Environment
Participants: Mix of rural and city dwellers and people experienced with both
Miriam Goldstein (Scripps), Adam Wilson (U. Conn ), David Murillo (ASU), Corbett Grainger (UCSB), Meghan Schulz (U. Delaware ), Dan Esposito (U. Delaware ), Lily Parshall ( Columbia )
-how does local pride in city and environment affect growth?
-David: “cities exhibit economies of scale”, applies to knowledge, social life as well. Does this mean that green building techniques should spread like wild fire?
-Mariam: Green Building won’t happen without incentives. COST is the bottom line.
-Cities are unavoidable; furthermore, they can be more efficient. Cities can fit in well with the sustainability theme.
-Ecological footprint of a city?
-Ecologies in city (birds) vs ecologies of city (as a whole).
-Public (green) space? increasingly more of it. Xeric Lawns
-not just short vs long term issues, but
-Govt role more important here than other sustainability issues?
-Lots of renters in city affects this issue.
urban water ecosystems.
-sewage treatment in ponds
-green roofs for collecting water
-intensive (gardens, sun bathing) vs extensive (desert plants for reducing urban heating) urban roofs.
-liberals going crazy b/c of stacking people (increasing population density). historical regions being destroyed (short cute brick buildings).
-very important: integrating mass transportation in growing cities.
-global warming in cities
-Economics drive growth. Govt action needed. Govt is not one thing; it is local zoning groups, federal incentives. Govt is not being made aware of true costs and benefits.
Corbett: Phoenix can’t grow forever;
-Drastic changes in city planning needed?
-individuals: higher lobbying efficiency.
-mixed use communities
-financial incentives from the govt
-govts start more pilot projects
-traffic: congestion taxes.