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Policy, Regulations, Incentives and Voluntary Programs for Sustainability

Session 06

ES/SO352 Sustainability - Session 06

S6: Policy, Regulations, Incentives and Voluntary Programs for Sustainability

Required readings:

Slideshow

Goals

  • Learn the different impact that some incentives, regulations and voluntary programs can have on the actions of people or whole countries.
  • Learn the impact of subsidies given to workers in the North upon thirld world countries and their workers.
  • Work a little bit more on your action pages, and learn some new things about the course website that you can use for your action page/s.
  • Intelligence vs. Wisdom to solve problems: Clever solutions vs. Wise solutions

Intelligence vs. Wisdom to solve problems

"A clever person fixes a problem. A wise person, avoids it." (Albert Einstein)


Fill in this table in the white board in class starting with problems described in the reading

Problems needing solutions
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...

Clever solutions
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...

Wise solutions
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...


How to get people to change habits?

How to change our Global Ecological Footprint = = Population SIZE + Change of HABITS + New TECHNOLOGY + Infrastructure (RE)DESIGN


Fill in this table in the white board in class with examples from the reading, of from the following videos that we will see in class

Policy
(Goals...)
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...

Regulations
(Rules to limit freedom...)
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...

Incentives
(Promote with rewards...)
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...
Voluntary programs
(...due to ethical reasons)
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...

Video 1

  • "Good Business?" (PBS - Nova)
    • It explores innovative business models that are supplying solar energy to companies like Whole Foods. (source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs/ht/wm/3406_05_220.html)


Video 2

  • "The German Experiment" (PBS - Nova)
    • It looks at how Germany's government-backed efforts have brought solar power into the mainstream. Notes that the program's success is due to cash incentives that allow users to sell power back to the grid for a profit. And states that Germany has become the world leader in solar cell production. (source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs/ht/wm/3406_04_220.html)


Video 3

  • "Overfishing Impacts: Interview with Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila" (Youtube)
    • Dr. Sumaila, director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia Fishery Center, talks about overfishing and their subsidies in northern countries, its impact on the Ghanaian economy, and the global ramifications of a fish shortage in Africa.

Video 4

TerraCycle's incentive program for schools to contribute to their upcycling program. "Trash Recycled Into Stylish Bags?" (1' 30'')


More information: http://www.terracycle.com

How to get people to change habits?

How to change our Global Ecological Footprint = = Population SIZE + Change of HABITS + New TECHNOLOGY + Infrastructure (RE)DESIGN


Fill in this table in the white board in class with examples from the reading, of from the following videos that we will see in class

Policy
(Goals...)
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...

Regulations
(Rules to limit freedom...)
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...

Incentives
(Promote with rewards...)
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...
Voluntary programs
(...due to ethical reasons)
  1. ...
  2. ...
  3. ...

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