Blog #8/9 - Response to Two MDG Presentations
Kelly Berry and Broc Blegen's presentation on Goal 8: A Partnership of Global Development was well researches and the layout of their PowerPoint was excellently composed. I found this presentation to be relatively interesting and educational, as I had no idea that countries such as Somalia hadn't had any access to the Internet until as recently as 1999. I can't fathom how Somalian government, corporations, schools and organizations could have functioned all without the Internet, much less meet the increasingly modern world's standards in these areas. My only criticism of Kelly and Broc's presentation is their unenthusiastic and quite verbal contributions. I know I would be pretty nervous to speak in front of an auditorium full of students, but it is still imperative that one puts a little oomph, a little jazz (for lack of better words) into any verbal presentation. Even with my verbal qualms, I believe that their presentation overall was very successful.
I enjoyed the honor group who analyzed MD Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability. They used the so called "Crack Stacks" [my term] otherwise known as Riverside Plaza apartments as a case study in remodeling buildings for increased sustainability and decreased slum status to provide adequate affordable housing for Minnesotans. I enjoyed learning about different sustainable methods, especially the usage of gray water (sink and shower water) to replace drinking water in toilets. I had no idea either that Energy Star appliances conserved so much energy. A friend of mine is opening his own restaurant and I will definitely suggest that he invest in energy star appliances. I thought it was nice that the group offered there own design solutions to the problems of sustainability and aesthetics in Riverside Plaza as opposed to critiquing an already retrofitted building. The group also did a good job verbalizing their presentation, which was an overall success.