Author Archives: Russ deForest

Read and Respond Writing Assignment

Read and Response assignment due on Saturday, April 23rd This is the second (and final) read and respond assignment for the semester. Read each of the two articles listed below.  Choose one article and write a response on the blog. … Continue reading

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Suggestions for Blogpost 4

For the final blog post I am not providing a specific theme.  You can ‘zoom in’ and address a local issue, or ‘zoom out’ and consider the national or global picture. In the final section of the course, following the … Continue reading

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Theme and suggestions for blog post 3

“Blogging Themes” resources are suggestions for overall themes or broad questions to pursue in each blog assignment. There is no requirement that you follow the suggested themes – if you have a better idea that meets the assessment criteria, go … Continue reading

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Read and Respond Writing Assignment

Read and Response assignment due on Friday, March 4th This is the first of two  read and response assignments for the semester.  These assignments provide  an opportunity to directly engage  arguments that are critical of practices that are associated with sustainability … Continue reading

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The changing economics of rooftop solar

Hi all, There is an interesting article in today’s New York Times about the changing economics rooftop solar.  There are many interesting issues related to rooftop solar that could be explored in a blog post: How do federal and state subsidies … Continue reading

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Theme and suggestions for post 2

“Blogging Themes” resources are suggestions for overall themes or broad questions to pursue in each blog assignment.  There is no requirement that you follow the suggested themes – if you have a better idea that meets the assessment criteria, go … Continue reading

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Peer Review Assignment

All those who submitted an outline for blog assignment 1 should have received a message in your Penn State email account with a link to another blog post to peer review.  (If you have not received this message please contact … Continue reading

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Peer Review Sample

This is a sample peer review for Connor McCole’s  draft blogpost “Better options than fracking“.  You should read Connor’s post before reading this review. I also would like to thank Connor for allowing me to post this review as an … Continue reading

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Assignment for Week 3: Draft post 1

Your assignment for week 3 is to develop the bibliography that you have written for week 2 into a draft of your first blog post.  A key part of this process will be making a sketch of the calculation you want … Continue reading

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Sample Post: Do compact fluorescent lights do more harm than good?

When the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was signed into law, setting minimum energy efficiency standards for general purpose lighting, many worried about being forced to rely on the most widely available alternative, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Fluorescent lamps emit light from … Continue reading

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Writing Assignment Week 2: Bibliography 1

“Blogging Themes” resources are suggestions for overall themes or broad questions to pursue in each blog assignment.  As mentioned in class, there is no requirement that you follow the suggested themes – you may write a post on any topic … Continue reading

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Bibliography: Sample

This is a sample bibliography. Topic: Compare mercury content of compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) with mercury emissions avoided by choosing compact fluorescent over traditional incandescent bulb. The need to safely recover hazardous materials from products at the end of their useful life. Audience: … Continue reading

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Writing Assignment Week 1: Introduction

I have added registered students as users on the course web site.   You should now be able to make posts on the blog.  If you experience any problems, please contact me as soon as possible. Before you make your … Continue reading

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Course Goal for Mathematics for Sustainability

John Roe posted the following excellent description of the course goal for Math 33 in his welcome for the Fall 2015 semester.  I am reprinting his description in its entirety.  As noted by a student in today’s class, the course … Continue reading

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Obama’s recent climate change speech

There is conference of Arctic nations underway this week in Anchorage, Alaska, concerning issues surrounding climate change.   On Monday, President Obama gave an address to the conference that you may find interesting.  During the speech Obama uses some techniques … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Climate Change Report

The updated Pennsylvania Climate Change Assessment has been in the news this week. The report forecasts an increase of (3 ^circ)C ((5.4 ^circ)F) in average temperatures in Pennsylvania by the year 2050 over temperatures in the year 2000. State Impact … Continue reading

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