Education for Sustainability

submitted by: valerieh2009

This research examines the success of China’s and Great Britain’s programs implementing education for sustainability with their Green Schools and Forest Schools and provides the benefits of having sustainable schools for the environment and student learning. Current research on the success of China’s and Great Britain’s schools suggests that such sustainable programs could also be established in the United States.

Sustainable Development and Design: A Study of San Diego's Move Towards Sustainability

submitted by: saahil16jain

My senior research project on sustainable development and design for UCSD's Urban Studies and Planning program.

Food Security and Climate Change Impacts on Urban-Rural Linkages

submitted by: UP Los Baños

Keynote by Dr. Paul S. Teng, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning, National Institute of Education (NIE), and Senior Fellow on Food Security, Center for Non-traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Delivered during the International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security, November 21-22, 2012 at SEARCA, UPLB, College, Laguna, Philippines.

PLoS Biology: Converging Currents in Climate-Relevant Conservation: Water, Infrastructure, and Institutions

submitted by: johoma
The conservation community has not fully accounted for the implications of climate change to our work, which has become integrated with economic development in recent decades. Many of the largest impacts on ecosystems and species come from infrastructure investments, especially water infrastructure. Given the sensitivity of the water cycle to climate change, there is a high risk of long-lived water infrastructure developing such severe mismatches with its ambient climate that the investment...

Truths and Fallacies Surrounding the Mortgage Interest Deduction: A Case Study of San Diego County

submitted by: jevans1357
The mortgage interest deduction (MID) represents the federal government’s largest housing subsidy. The MID is surrounded by significant debate regarding its equality and effectiveness. Opponents of the policy argue that it favors the rich, while supporters see it as a vital housing stimulus. The focus of this project is to provide a case study to use as complimentary evidence to the current literature, which is largely conceptual and policy based. To do this, the project is rooted in...

Eliminating Plastic Bags

submitted by: Cchon
The success and popularity of the plastic bag has caused more negative environmental impact than was ever anticipated. Though plastic bags occupy less than four percent of all landfill space, it can take anywhere from a hundred to a thousand years to decompose. In an effort to curb these damaging changes, various cities and countries from around the world have proposed solutions. The two most common fixes being either to ban plastic bags or charge a bag tax. As more new data and research...

LEED: Sufficient for National Policy?

submitted by: dcl001

Overview of project on determining LEED's sufficiency for national policy

Compact Growth - Model for Future Urban Development

submitted by: acko
Compact growth addresses the problems of sprawl and congestion and enhances the overall quality of life socially and environmentally. It follows an extensive measure to prevent environmental, economical and social ills within a community by witholding the values of the individual, the community and the environment. It encourages pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods that incorporates mixed-use and beautifies the neighborhoods. Community development needs to direct its attention back into the...

Los Laureles Trans-border Trash Tracking Project

submitted by: jhleonard
Waste flows are not contained by international boundaries; therefore, the subject of solid waste disposal is of interest to the entire San Diego/Tijuana border region. Uncontrolled informal dump sites that litter the Tijuana River Valley are a product of the disconnect between federal environmental regulations and local policy enforcement. The purpose of this study is to produce a scientific record of dump sites and solid waste flows that can be used as a tool to affect policy change toward...

Thinking Inside the Box: Shipping Container Architecture and its Role for a Sustainable Future

submitted by: calvinhchan
As cities and suburbs encounter critical, consequential problems related to sprawl and unsustainable growth, the pressing need to achieve more while concurrently using less has become a priority for urban planning. The purpose of this study was to explore the potential role that shipping containers have in engendering high-quality urban infill development. Specifically, the study provided expository insight into the challenges and opportunities container architecture faces in providing...