Deliverable 7 – Constructing a Sustainable Energy Plan
Describe the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and how they interact. Analyze the root causes, effects, and solutions of environmental problems. Determine how the environment and economies are interconnected. Analyze the importance of water and soil in the production and distribution of food. Evaluate the relationship between energy use, waste, and pollution and their impacts to the environment. Apply stewardship and sustainability solutions to environmental issues.
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The community of Greenburg is located near sea level at the base of a snow-capped mountain, on a secluded ocean inlet, surrounded by rugged, forested land. The only access to the city is by ferry or plane; no roads connect it to other communities in the region. Winters are wet, mild, and long. The city serves as the capital for the state of Newbridge. As such, government agencies are its leading employer, though tourism is also a major source of income, followed by commercial fishing. The city is renowned for its scenic beauty; tall mountains capped by glaciers can be seen from downtown.
o Population: 32,000
o Avg. High Temp (Dec): 34oF
o Avg. High Temp (June): 62oF
o Annual Precipitation: 62 in.
o Urban Area: 15 sq. mi.
o Main Power Source: natural gas
Construct a plan for sustainable energy for the hypothetical city of Greenburg. Your plan should consist of the following elements:
o Specific measures to promote energy conservation measures (e.g., promoting biking by implementing a bicycle sharing program)
o Specific steps to move the city toward sustainable energy production (e.g., solar facilities/greenhouses/community food production)
o Consider actions that involve switching from traditional (non-renewable) energy sources to renewable sources, for both vehicles and buildings/homes
o Reducing energy will help, but your plan should include a detailed plan that will move the city forward using renewable energy
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Sustainable Energy Plan for Greenburg
Greenburg is a beautiful city located near the ocean and surrounded by forests, with a unique geographic location and climate. With a population of 32,000 and a major source of income from tourism and government agencies, it is important for the city to focus on sustainable energy to protect the environment and promote economic growth.
Implement a comprehensive public transportation system that includes electric buses and ferries, reducing the need for personal vehicles.
Promote the use of bikes by implementing a bike-sharing program and building dedicated bike lanes.
Encourage energy conservation through education and outreach, encouraging residents and businesses to turn off lights, reduce water use, and use energy-efficient appliances.
Sustainable Energy Production:
Install solar panels on government buildings and schools, providing a source of renewable energy.
Develop a community wind turbine program to harness wind energy.
Build greenhouses to produce fresh produce, reducing the need for transportation and increasing food security.
Switch to Renewable Energy Sources:
Encourage the use of electric vehicles by providing charging stations and tax incentives for purchasing electric vehicles.
Offer incentives for homeowners to install solar panels on their homes and use energy-efficient appliances.
Replace traditional heating systems with geothermal and air-source heat pumps, reducing the need for non-renewable energy sources.
The city of Greenburg can lead the way in sustainable energy by implementing conservation measures, promoting renewable energy production, and switching to renewable energy sources. By working together, residents and businesses can create a more sustainable future for the city, while protecting the environment and promoting economic growth.