9: Analysis of Honors presentation, MDG #7
Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
This group consisted of three students: Angie, Anthony, and Laura. They did their research on "improving minneapolis slums through sustainability." They stated that if the slums were not improved, there will soon be consequences. They said that low income housing is no good and will soon be a very big problem. I am not sure what the consequences and problems will be though. They might have stated the problems and issues, but I do not remember what they were and forgot to write them down.
Some buildings they looked at to improve this problem were Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, S.C. Johnson Company Headquarters, Near North Apartments, and Traugott Terrace Apartments. All of these buildings used resourses wisely to be very sustainable.
Their solution to the problem: re-designing existing twin cities focusing on riverside plaza built by Ralph Rapson.
This group had 11 ways to improve sustainability for the Riverside Plaza:
1) install water re-use systems
2) replace incandescent light bulbs w/ fluorescent bulbs
3) install vertical recycling chutes in all 6 towers
4) replace windows w/ high efficiency triple-paned glass
5) replace old wood panels
6) re-paint concrete to crisp white
7) use solar energy
8) energy star roof coating
9) install new energy star appliances
10) replace HVAC system
11) KONE elevators (use less energy)
All of these improvements would make the building "more efficient, modernized, and aesthetically pleasing. All of these changes would improve the quality of life for low income people.
Overall this presentation was very good, and very clear. The only thing I wonder is after all of those improvements, will it still even be a low income building? It seems to me like all of those improvements would cost a lot and therefore raise the price of living there. I do not know much about that kinda thing, but thats just my guess...
low income slums (no good, ugly, bad sustainability)
(sustainable, sweet looking, GOOD!)