2010 Global Sustainability Summer School-Op-Ed
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Jackman's Idea: Every year big box stores are built on acres of formerly fertile farm land to both the detriment and benefit of small communities. Every year many of those box stores fail or relocate, primarily for expansion. With the failure or departure of these store, we are left with rural "big box-store blight" - huge, unusable buildings and acres of paved, impermeable surfaces that mar the landscape. Upon abandoning retail locations, I think that box store retailers such as Walmart, Whole Foods, Kmart, Krogers, and many others have an obligation to restore the landscape to its original condition or renovate the buildings and parking lots to accommodate other (non-box store) uses. In an op-ed I would like to motivate the necessity for this policy as well as provide suggestions as to how this might be achieved. I expect that these methods will provide disincentives for some box-stores to locate in areas with this requirement, but this is not the objective. Rather, the objectives are to 1) motivate box-stores to locate carefully, 2) discourage them from moving for the purposes of expansion, and 3) maintain the environmental, social, and community value of the landscape.
Perhaps not exactly to the point, but an interesting Ted video about reclaiming and retrofitting suburbia.
Way to go Duke... some helpful tips for writing and getting your op-ed published
Strumsky's Idea: Education and Irrationality: The solution offered for many major social problems is that we can educate our way out of them. This strikes me about as viable as being able to invent our way out of problems. There are too many examples of people having a clear, well informed understanding of a problem and they do not dispute the facts or data, yet choosing the irrational option (or to use game theory, selecting non-dominant strategies). The examples are everywhere; obesity is well understood, the facts and consequences for people’s health is not in dispute, yet obesity and its health consequences are on the rise - not just in the US, but globally. We can go on and on, alcoholism, drinking and driving, smoking, positions against healthcare reform by the individuals who are ill and uninsured. If we can not educate our way out of problems what do we do? We need another option.
Op/Ed Draft: "Owning coastal property might put you on the rocks" - Eli Lazarus
Op/Ed Published: Eli in the [Portland Press Herald] (Portland, Maine), 30 July 2010
Op/Ed Draft: "A Tale of Violence" - Anita Carrasco
Op/Ed Draft: "Big Box Store Slight" - Dana Jackman
Op/Ed Draft: "Fearing Fear Itself" - Caleb Gallemore
Op/Ed Draft: "Rare Earth Supply Faces Dramatic Decrease: Disaster or Opportunity?" - Hongtao Yi
Op/Ed Draft: "Bike Lanes or BP?" - John Baker (Note: I could use help with a better title. Suggestions?
Op/Ed Draft: "Live, Learn, and Thrive" - Yao Yin
Op/Ed Draft: "The False Promises of Shale Gas" - Joe Cresko
Let the river in! - Dana Coelho
Op/Ed Draft: Strong stands against natural gas drilling in PA - Maria Dillard
Sweden should aim for zero carbon as quickly as possible - David Bryngelsson
OpEd Draft: Further criticism of the airport expansion in the light of the coming taxation of airline tickets - Therese Hertel
OpEd Draft: "Why not only Mr Schäuble should by happy about the aviation levy" - Veronika Huber
Op/Ed Draft: "Time is right for reform of national accounts" - Stephen Posner
Op/Ed Draft: "Biofuels - size matters" - Christian Casillas
Op/Ed Draft: "Wait a minute electric car. We're making real progress here." - Hitesh Soneji
Op/Ed Draft: "Massachusetts Leading the Way in the Energy Revolution?" - Gabe Chan
Op/Ed Draft: "Supporting Generation "E"" - Shirley Papuga
Op/Ed Draft "Carbon Markets Need Oversight"-version 4.0 - M. K. Dorsey
Op/Ed Draft "Call to Action for New England’s Future Energy Direction" - A. M. James