ENT 352 Suffolk University Protecting the Environment Reflection Questions Write a reflection essay about what you learned this semester throughout the who

ENT 352 Suffolk University Protecting the Environment Reflection Questions Write a reflection essay about what you learned this semester throughout the whole course. Be sure to answer the following questions (at a minimum) in depth:

Which guest speakers did you like the most? Why?
What you learned?
What surprised you?
What was your favorite activities to complete this semester in-class? Be specific with the name of each activities (or describe it) – don’t just say: “homework”, team projects, etc.
How did you change?
How you will apply what you learned about sustainability in relationship to business, consumers, and government in the future?
Describe the role sustainability will play (honestly, realistically) in your personal and professional life (this may require some additional research when thinking about your career path).
What else should I know about your experiences in ENT-352 this semester?

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I attched the question #4 as favorite activities. Here is the instruction of the homework activity and my reflection about it. For question #1-3, you already watched that video record, there is a guest speak in it and you can use it. Your Name:
Future Simulation Activity
Write up your answers to the questions below using this word document as a template to answer them
question by question. Insert your readable (high definition) screenshots, at the end of each answer.
Your text should be single-spaced, Times New Roman12-point font.
Post this SINGLE document to Blackboard as one pdf (major points will be deducted if more than one
document is submitted). If you don’t know how to insert your screenshots please ask: Google, a friend,
classmate, or ITS.
Our Futures?
In this activity we will run through several simulations in order to best understand what the future looks
like if climate change is not addressed comprehensively.
First, go to this website: https://fitzlab.shinyapps.io/cityapp/ and plug in the city of Boston to learn how
our city will “feel” in 60 years. Then answer the following questions:
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How much warmer/cooler and dryer/wetter will Boston be in 2080?
What current city will it most feel like?
Pick a city in Canada that you’ve visited or are interested in and answer the same questions.
Pick a city on the map that starts with the same letter as your first or last name (for example,
Prof. Bendell chose Bellingham, WA) and answer the same questions.
Next, go to this website: http://www.impactlab.org/map/#usmeas=absolute&usyear=19812010&gmeas=absolute&gyear=1986-2005 to explore a global climate impact map (click on the “global
map” button to see the global map). Then answer the following questions:
1. Pick the temperatures you want to explore using the “show me” menu, and the probability factor
you want to use “low, median, or high.” Then explore and describe a southern hemisphere’s
country of your choosing temperatures in Fahrenheit will change over the next 80 years step by
step under “high emissions” (use the “change from historical” and “absolute level” tabs/options).
a. Next change the level of emissions to “moderate” and describe how that same country’s
climate will change step by step through the end of the century.
2. Answer the same questions for Canada, Svalbard, OR Finland.
3. Answer the same questions for a country that most interests you (e.g. where you were born,
where you’ve visited, etc. – only pick the U.S. if you really really have to).
Lastly, let’s explore how the sea levels will change by going to: https://coast.noaa.gov/slr/#/layer/slr by
answering the following questions:
1. Type in the address for Suffolk University (73 Tremont St.) and move the water rise level slowly
up to 10ft. At what point does Suffolk become submerged?
2. Next take a look around Boston where you live(d) and big landmarks like Logan airport, MGH
hospital, Fenway, all of South Boston, etc. and describe what you find regarding the sea levels.
Do you need to worry (include a screenshot of where you live and use a red circle to highlight
where your home/apartment is/was)?
a. Which landmarks should be most concerned about climate change?
3. Then click on the “vulnerability” icon and the “i” information button at the bottom of the page to
understand who will be most impacted by the rise in sea level.
a. Describe what is meant by vulnerable on this map –hint it is not the people who are
most likely to have water damage.
4. Use the “Legend Toggle” icon at the top of the page to understand what level of vulnerability is
represented by each color on the map. Slowly move the sea level up to 10 feet and describe how
the most vulnerable people will be impacted (if at all) and why it matters that we understand this.
Yufei Zhang
ENT 352
4/9/2020
In Class Activity: Sea Level Activity
Q1: How much warmer/cooler and dryer/wetter will Boston be in 2080?
The typical summer in Rosedale, Maryland is 7.3oF warmer and 17.1% wetter than summer in Boston.
Q2: What current city will it most feel like?
I currently stay in Boston now. The temperature is around 47o.
Q3. Pick a city in Canada that you’ve visited or are interested in and answer the same question.
For high emissions, Toronto’s climate in 2080 will feel most like today’s climate near Secaucus, New
Jersey. The typical summer in Secaucus, New Jersey is 5.2oF warmer and 35.1% wetter than summer in
Toronto.
Q4. Pick a city on the map that starts with the same letter as your first name or last name.
York,PA. The typical summer in Jonesboro, Arkansas is 7.8oF warmer and 14.3% drier than summer in
York. For high emissions, York’s climate in 2080 will feel most like today’s climate near Jonesboro,
Arkansas.
1. Q1. Pick the temperatures you want to explore using the “show me” menu, and the
probability factor you want to use “low, median, or high.” Then explore and describe a
southern hemisphere’s country of your choosing temperatures in Fahrenheit will change
over the next 80 years step by step under “high emissions” (use the “change from
historical” and “absolute level” tabs/options).
a. Next change the level of emissions to “moderate” and describe how that same
country’s climate will change step by step through the end of the century.
USA has 23oC between 1986-2005, 25oC in the next 20 years, 26oC in the mid-Century
from 2040-2059, 29oC at the end of Century from 2080-2099.
2.Answer the same questions for Canada, Svalbard, OR Finland.
Canada has 16oC in 1986-2005,17oC in the next 20 years, 19oC in the mid-Century, 22oC at the end of
the century.
3. Answer the same questions for a country that most interests you (e.g. where you were born,
where you’ve visited, etc. – only pick the U.S. if you really really have to).
China has 23oC between 1986-2005, 25oC in the next 20 years, 26oC in the Mid-Century, 28oC at the
end of the century.
1. Type in the address for Suffolk University (73 Tremont St.) and move the water rise level
slowly up to 10ft. At what point does Suffolk become submerged?
Suffolk will become submerged when the water level is around 4 ft.
1. Next take a look around Boston where you live(d) and big landmarks like Logan airport,
MGH hospital, Fenway, all of South Boston, etc. and describe what you find regarding
the sea levels. Do you need to worry (include a screenshot of where you live and use a
red circle to highlight where your home/apartment is/was)?
a. Which landmarks should be most concerned about climate change?
I lived in Medford which is not far from the Boston. I don’t need to worry about the sea level until its
around 7ft. ALDI should be most concerned about climate change.
HW-4: A New “Green” You?
After learning about many of the environmental challenges the world is facing in ENT-352, many students
start to ask themselves – “how can I help now?” If you’ve had those thoughts or are at least willing to
entertain the question, this assignment is for you!
The goal of this assignment is to push you beyond your green comfort zone and to reflect on the experience
of trying some new green products or services. Do NOT repeat something you’ve already done or your
reflection will lack passion and interesting details (the grade is based on the reflection of the experience more
than what you do – i.e. don’t just “check a box”).
Review the paid and/or free options lists below and choose to complete THREE. You will need to document
each activity with photographic evidence and write a thoughtful and passionate reflection on each
experience. In addition to answering the activity specific questions located in the sub bullet below each
activity, students must take pictures of themselves doing the activity (as long as it is safe and not rude to
do so) and answer the following questions for each activity they complete:
1. How did you feel before, during, and after completing each activity? For example, did you feel more
“green” afterwards?
2. Why did you choose that specific activity?
3. How did completing that activity help the environment and tie into what we’ve learned in ENT-352 so
far this semester?
4. How easy or difficult would it be to convince more people to do each activity you chose?
5. How likely are you to continue each new green activity you tried?
Options that will cost a little money




Rent and ride around on a blue bike (or any other bike-share) for at least 20 minutes.
o Why haven’t you used a bike share program before? Describe how hard or easy it was to use. Do
you think a lot of people use this service? How could it be improved? Where did you ride to?
Buy 2 different brands of vegetarian “hamburgers” in the store and make them for you and a
friend/roommate/classmate and conduct a taste test.
o How easy was it to find these “burgers” in the store? Were they expensive compared to beef and
turkey burgers at the store? How did you make your burger? Which burger tasted better? Describe
the flavors of each brand.
Eat an Impossible Burger or Beyond Meat Burger at a restaurant (ex. Burger King, Walburgers) or at
Suffolk.
o How easy was it to find these “burgers” in a restaurant? Were they expensive compared to beef
and turkey burgers at the restaurant? How did the burger taste? Describe the flavors you tasted.
Ask the server/cashier how poplar these burgers are – did their answer surprise you?
Replace one of your cleaning products with a do-it-yourself DIY cleaning supply and use it.
o Which product(s) did you replace? What did you replace it with? Did your homemade product
work just as well as the one bought in the store? How does yours smell compared to bought one?
o https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a24885/make-at-home-cleaners/ or
https://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning#1

Find one hygiene sustainable product — without microbeads or harsh chemicals, etc. and try it for a few
days. Examples could include toothpaste, shampoo bars, etc.

o Which product(s) did you replace? What did you replace it with (describe and provide the
weblink)? Did your green product work just as well as the one you usually use? How does yours
smell/feel etc. compared to your usual brand?
Visit the Walden Pond/Thoreau Memorial Visitor Center (small parking fee) which was designed by our
guest speaker, Haskell Werlin.
o What do you notice about the design of the building and area? How many EV chargers are there –
how many are being used during your visit? Take a picture of the cars charging and of the solar
panels on the buildings. Take pictures of the visitor center. Do you find the building appealing?
Take a walk around the area – how does it feel? Would you go back or recommend the Pond to
others.
o https://www.thoreausociety.org/news-article/walden-pond-visitor-center
Free Options







Visit a zero waste (or low waste) grocery store – take note of how many items you could buy that day.
o What would you need to own in order to shop there for most of your purchases? You don’t need
to buy anything for the assignment but did you? If so, what? Would you go back in the future?
Why or why not?
o https://bostonzerowaste.com/ or https://www.cleenland.com/about
Go to a vintage or second-hand clothing store that you’ve never been to – take pictures with 3 items you
would seriously consider buying (you don’t need to buy anything).
o What did you think of the store? You don’t need to buy anything for the assignment but did you?
If so, what? Would you go back in the future? Why or why not?
o https://bostonzerowaste.com/
Take a test drive in an electric vehicle (there are dozens available in the Boston area).
o Name 4-5 EV cars you considered test driving. What about each of the cars appealed to you
before you drove it/them? Why did you select the car you chose (you can test more than one if
you’d like!)? What did you like about the car you drove? Describe the acceleration? How many
electric miles does it get per a charge? Could you see yourself driving an EV in the future?
o https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/every-electric-car-ev-range-audi-chevy-tesla/
Borrow, acquire or purchase a metal straw, reusable water bottle, or hot beverage tumbler and the use it
every day for at least 7 days.
o Which beverage-related items did you cut out? How easy was it? How long have you been doing
it for (needs to be a minimum of a week to count for the assignment)? What actions did you have
to take to reduce your use of single-use beverage containers?
o https://www.bostongeneralstore.com/collections/zero-waste
Organize a collection for old clothes or technology among your friends/family and then bring them to an
organization to donate the items.
o What did you collect? How many items to you collect? Where did you take the items? Were
people surprised by your actions? Did you bring them to a charity? If so, which one?
Cleanup the litter on your block, street, park, or other green space.
o Take a picture of the area before and after as well as a picture of the garbage/litter you collected.
What types of items did you collect the most of? How do you think the litter got to be where you
picked it up? How will your efforts help the environment?
Start cutting out single use plastics (water bottles, to-go cups for cold beverages, cutlery, etc.).
o Which plastics did you cut out? How easy was it? How long have you been doing it for (needs to
be a minimum of a week to count for the assignment)? What actions did you have to take to cut
out these plastics (brew coffee at home, buy wooden forks, etc.).
o https://www.bostongeneralstore.com/collections/zero-waste

Repurpose an item you no longer want/need (or one a friend/family member was going to throw out).
o Describe the item and take a picture. What options (yes, come up with more than one option) did
you come up with to repurpose the item. The repurposing has to be useful – it can’t just be
decorative. Describe how long the process took to repurpose and what other materials you needed
to buy or use that you already had on hand to make it into something useful. How much did it cost
to repurpose? How much would it have cost to buy new? Are you happy with the way it turned
out?
ALTERNATIVELY: You can just register ASAP (and then) compete in the Nature Hackathon (and
maybe even win $2,000!) on Friday Feb. 28th – this will count towards all three items so competing in and
then writing a brief reflection is the only thing you have to do for this assignment. Details about the event are
posted on BB in the course content folder.
Green Activity
Yufei Zhang
3/27/2020
Metal Straw
Metal straws are an interesting concept that I found to have many benefits. Metal straw
sets cost around $4 to $10 in online stores such as Amazon. Before starting on the activity, I was
a little bit curious. I had never used such a straw before and didn’t know what to expect.
However, I actually found them to be much better than the plastic straws I have been using. They
are flexible and come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes to choose from. I chose this activity
because of my love for different beverages and my continued use of straws. Learning that they
could help save the environment, I decided to give it a try and see if I could start contributing
towards the same. Furthermore, these straws are reusable and can be used for long periods of
time. As such, there is very little waste that needs to be discarded in form of plastic straws. I
believe convincing people to use metal straws will be very easy. Everyone likes a beverage every
now and then and there is an increase in environment sensitivity. Therefore, convincing people
that there is a product they can use which is better and can be re-used will be very easy. I’m
certain that I will continue using these straws for the foreseeable future to limit environmental
degradation caused by discarded plastic straws.
Repurposing Items (T-shirts)
There are many T-shirts I have overgrown or are in poor condition to be worn. Normally,
they would either be thrown or given away. However, I found a new purpose for them for this
exercise. I repurposed these t-shirts to rags that can be used in cleaning. Instead of using
expensive cleaning materials, the rags were used to accomplish this. For instance, they can be
used to dust furniture, clean cars, and windows among other applications. To repurpose, the
activity cost nothing. All I needed was a pair of scissors to cut the t-shirts into manageable sizes.
The activity didn’t take much time either since cutting up a t-shirt will only take a few minutes. I
was confident that the activity would be successful before carrying it out. However, I was
amazed by the end results. The cleaning ability of such old t-shirts is very good and is no
different from other products. I believe convincing other people may be a little difficult but I am
confident that most will pick it up. There are more applications I would like to try like building a
mop to clean floors much better. As such, I believe that I will be repurposing any t-shirts that can
be worn or given out and making sure that I continue using them for as long as possible.
Low Waste Grocery Store
Low waste grocery stores could well be the future of grocery shopping in the world.
There are no limitations to what I could buy in these stores. They had products such as spinach,
lettuce, carrots, potatoes and tomatoes among others. There were also fruits such as bananas and
oranges. The store was very surprising and I wasn’t sure what I was going to find in them. As
such, I was skeptical on what I could purchase in these stores. However, I was left amazed by the
variety of goods that the store has. Also, it is very environmentally friendly in that things such as
shopping bags are recyclable. I realized I can save the environment by avoiding using a lot of
packaging materials that always contribute to damaging the environment. I believe I can
convince many people to use this option. I will definitely continue buying my groceries in such
stores since they save on costs as well as the environment through their approaches.

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