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Graham Nagle-Deamer In previous assignments, the task at hand has been to create a scenario in which the University of Michigan could become fully independent on solar power, creating a best case scenario for more effective solar panels, and vice versa for a worst case scenario. These scenarios were done without thinking about the sacrifices the University would have to make and how the public would react, also known as social license. When creating Best and Worst-Case Scenarios in the context of social license , one must look at what is most valued at the University of Michigan. Three aspects truly stand out as most valued, and obtaining social license for them would be most difficult . The Diag/Central Campus locations that are clearly visible, The Athletics Facilities (i.e. the Big House), and Nichols’ Arboretum (the Arb) seem to be the least acceptable locations to place solar fields in terms of gaining societal approval. In the Best-Case Scenario, with the inability to use the Radrick Farms Fields, one or at least parts of these three had to be sacrificed in order to reach the goal of 500 GWh. The decision was made that the Arboretum’s open green space and some of the North Campus Athletic Fields would have to be repurposed. The Nichol’s Arboretum’s appeal and much of the enjoyable walking and hiking trails remains under tree cover, so it was thought that this would be the least disruptive way to use some of the Arb’s space without sacrificing the area as a whole, in order to gain more social license for this project. Additionally, the sun cover underneath the trees would not be conductive for a solar field . The proposal to cover the golf courses, much of the parking space, and other areas would also receive backlash from the public, but there does exist another golf course in Ann Arbor, and the University has a very walkable campus with a good b us system. Many
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