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Environmental analysis

Environmental analysis

1. A final analysis on your system. (1 page)

2. Research some proposed solutions to the system (2-3) and explain them. (2-3 pages)

3. Propose a specific solution for your system that will either make lessen the carbon emissions for your system or build human resilience in the face of climate change within that system. (2-3 pages)

4. Either a letter or a short written speech (public comment). (1 page)


I already pick the topic about Public Transporation, so please follow this topic


Details of project components:

There are more details on the project on the page after this one. There are videos and a slide show. Refer to that as well.

1. Final analysis: You began this on other term project assignments. Expand on that initial analysis. Include:


· a brief history of how we got here. You already did this on the previous assignment – you can take from there and condense. An example: If you are doing public transportation infrastructure, research how California became so dependent on freeways and why it didn’t invest in public transportation infrastructure.

· why this system needs to change in light of what we’ve been talking about regarding climate change. An example: if you are doing urban design, you may want to talk about increases in heat waves and the need for us to build our cities with climate resilience in mind. Be specific here.

2. Research solutions that have already been proposed or discussed. Ideally you will have 2-3. You will describe these and then analyze how effective they may be. Here’s an example from San Francisco: you are examining urban infrastructure in coastal areas and you are looking at ways to combat sea level rise. San Francisco Recreation and Parks has a proposal for a park it’s building in  India Basin that has sea level resiliency in its designLinks to an external site. . I am not analyzing this design, but maybe it doesn’t take into account increasing rain events (I don’t know – you would think about this). You should have about 2 paragraphs per solution.

3. Your proposed solutions: Propose your own solutions. Choose the scale you want to work at. For example, if you want to increase sustainable transportation and choose biking as your mode of transportation, you may want to design for making our bike infrastructure better. Maybe you look at Dutch biking infrastructure for guidance. Or maybe you focus on increasing access to E-bikes. Or maybe you focus on how we can move people and their bikes on a regional scale – for example, how could we change public transit to allow people to bring their bikes and solve that “last mile problem”. You can think about this on a small scale or on a larger scale (for example, on the scale of a city or a state). It’s up to you. You may also take one of the solutions you described above and improve or expand on it. This part of your final project should be about 2-3 pages. For this you can say what you really want to see – it doesn’t just have to be what you think is possible right now.

4. Plan on how to advocate for change: This will be either (choose one):


· A letter to the editor of a local paper.

· A letter to an elected official.

· A public comment that you would make in a public meeting

For this part, think about who is in charge of this system. Ideally you will look as local as possible. It may be the Mayor of San Jose or the city counsel. It could be the governor. It could be a regional transportation board or air resources board. Find out who you can ask for change and craft a letter asking for that change. Advocate for what you want to see. Be specific. If the people making decisions are a board with meetings, find out when the next meeting is. Often the public can make comments. In this case, write a public comment on what you want to see. If you want some guidance,  the Climate Center lists sample letters.Links to an external site.  You do not have to complete the action – but I want you to practice how you would go about advocating for your position. Make sure you tell me who you are addressing and why.