BEE_3299_Final__May_2009 - 1 THIS EXAM CONSISTS OF 8 PAGES....

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THIS EXAM CONSISTS OF 8 PAGES. PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE LOOKED AT THE COMPLETE FILE. BEE 3299 – Sustainable Development – A Web-based Course FINAL EXAM MAY 12, 2009 2:00PM – 4:30 PM NAME :______Abram Balloga___________ This exam is open book, open notes. The only limitation is that you NOT work with another individual. You CANNOT cut and paste answers from Internet sources (all answers must be in your own words!) You may submit your completed exam answers via an attachment to the BEE 3299 course digital drop box (preferably) or to me at my regular email: nrs5@cornell.edu . You MUST submit your exam by 4:30 PM (EDT ), May 12, 2009. We will deal with catastrophes if they occur!!! You should call me at 607- 351-3147 or Mike Walter at 607-255-3161 in the event a serious problem occurs. Section 1 ___/10…. .Approx. 20 minutes Section 2___ /30… Approx. 45 minutes Section 3___ /30… Approx. 40 minutes Section 4___ /30… Approx. 45 minutes TOTAL_____/100 Section 1: Answer the following question. (10 points) 1. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. You have been exposed to many definitions and interpretations of sustainable development during the semester in the many readings, assignments and discussions. It is a concept that can be interpreted in various ways and has been suggested as a solution to a host of problems and challenges facing society today. Please “define” (describe) sustainable development in your own words. It would be the one consistent definition you could give your friends and colleagues, which would express and convey your personal understanding of SD. (limit your answer to 50 words max!) What are the key concepts that make up your description of the SD process? Then describe at 1 1
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least three ways in which your understanding of sustainable development has evolved or developed over course of the semester. Sustainable development Is creating a human environment that is itself self sufficient, having to draw as little as possible from outside energy sources, nutrition, oxygen, waste disposal etc. It is creating a system that does have to draw upon non-renewable resources, nor does it pollute or destroy itself. At first I thought sustainable development was meant using alternative or green technology, then I found that a lot of green technology isn’t necessarily sustainable. Also I found that it has much to do with human behavior and culture, not only what methods of energy use we decide on. Then I discovered that human population control is also an issue of sustainable development, that SD does not only refer to us sustaining the natural environment but also our own environment, and that many cities are cesspools of toxic waste. Sustainable development is people living on the planet just like any other species and interacting with our environment at an equilibrium level rather than in excess of consumption, waste and pollution. Section 2: Answer the following questions. (30 points, 5 points each)
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