Monthly Archives: March 2013

Practicum Essay

My practicum is interning with GrowNYC with their greenmarket department to help them get ready for the upcoming season. I have set hours at GrowNYC, every Wednesday from 1:30 until 5pm. I started mid-february after interviewing for the position and I am thoroughly enjoying working with the organization. The job description is, but is not […]

Blog #7 Biodiversity: The Species Approach / Terrestrial Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach

Biodiversity: The Species Approach Biological extinction is when a species can no longer be found anywhere on earth. Extinction of species, especially those with keystone roles can weaken or break some of the connection in the ecosystem. This can lead to secondary extinctions of species. The extinction of many species in a relatively short period […]

Blog #6 Practicum Case Study: Fordham’s Natural Capital & Sustainability Plan

History of NYC Ecosystem Through the Mannahattan Project we learned of the landscape of NYC 400 years ago. From a collection of data the team was able to reconstruct the area to view NYC as wetlands, forest, embodying vast wildlife, think of natural park. Policy At Work in NYC We saw policy at work in […]

Blog #5 Cities and Sustainability / Population, Consumption & Sustainability

Cities & Sustainability Whether people live in urban areas, suburbs, or rural areas overall population is increasing. Urban areas grow in two ways – by natural increase (more births than deaths) and by immigration from rural areas. Urbanization is the creation and growth of urban and suburban areas. A major population trend in urban areas […]

Blog #4 Economics & Sustainability / Politics, Law & Sustainability

Economics & Sustainability To obtain a more sustainable environment, we must put values on natural capital, control pollution and resource use. To do so: economists have developed several ways to estimate the present and future value of a resource or ecological service, and optimum levels of pollution and control and resource use. An example of […]

Blog #3 Environmental Worldviews, History, and Education

Human History & Sustainability Environmental history in the United States can be divided into four eras: tribal era, frontier era, early conservation era, present. During the tribal era, Native Americans occupied North America for 13,000 years before the European settlers began arriving in the early 1600s. Next, the frontier era (1607-1890) early colonists developed a […]

Blog #2 How Ecosystems and Their Goods & Services Work

Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems Science is defined as a human effort to discover how the physical world works by making observations and measurements, and carrying out experiments. Scientist collect data and develop theories, models, and laws about how nature works. The scientific process is as follows: identify a problem, find out what is known […]