FloridaSingapore Team Interview Solar Decathlon 2015
Gtgt Team We are the University of Florida and National University of Singapore and Santa Fe College. gtgt Female The name is Solar Living House. So, that says a lot about what we're trying to do making livability a big priority, but it's the spatial organization, really thinking about our target audience as a median Florida family of average means, thinking about how we can design a home, not just a house for research that's not very interpersonal or things like that. So, we thought a lot about lifecycle costs, how to design a home that really grows.
With the family and really adjusts to different seasons of life. gtgt Male So we really wanted to make a house that is not this, like, foreign thing with all this technology, but that's really approachable. gtgt Female We actually already have a client. Since we are partnering with Alachua Habitat for Humanity, we have an elderly couple that we're building the house for, so we're building it kind of along the competition guidelines at first and then once we bring it back to Gainesville, we'll be adding on another bedroom module.
Dont Stay in School
I wasn't taught how to get a job but I can remember dissecting a frog I wasn't taught how to pay tax but I know loads about Shakespeare's classics I was never taught how to vote they devoted that time to defining isotopes I wasn't taught how to look after my health but mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell Never spent a lesson on current events instead I studied The Old American West I was never taught what laws there are. I was never taught what laws there are!!! Let me repeat I was not taught the laws for the country I live in,.
But I know how Henry the VIII killed his women. Divorced beheaded died, divorced beheaded survived glad that's in my head instead of financial advice I was shown the wavelengths of different hues of light but I was never taught my human rights Apparently there's 30, do you know them I don't Why the hell can't we both recite them by rote! I know igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks Yet I don't know squat about trading stocks Or how money works at all where does it come from How does the thing that motivates the world function.
Not taught how to budget and disburse my earnings I was too busy rehearsing cursive. Didn't learn how much it costs to raise a kid or what an affidavit is but I spent days on what the quadratic equation is negative b plus or minus the square root of b squared minus 4ac over 2a That's insane, that's absolutely insane. They made me learn that over basic first aid How to recognise the most deadly Mental disorders or diseases with preventable causes. How to buy a house with a mortgage if I could afford it.
Cause abstract maths was deemed more important than advice that would literally save thousands of lives but it's cool, cause now I could tell you if the number of unnecessary deaths caused by that choice was prime. Never taught present day practical medicines, but I was told what the ancient hippocratic method is I've got a headache, the pain is ceaseless what should I take umm. maybe try some leeches Could we discuss domestic abuse and get the facts or how to help my depressed friend with their mental state Ummm. no but learn mental maths.
Because you won't have a calculator with you every day! They say it's not the kids, the parents are the problem Then if you taught the kids to parent that's the problem solved then! All this advice about using a condom but none for when you actually have a kid when you want one I'm only fluent in this language, for serious The rest of the world speaks two, do you think I'm an idiot They chose the solar over the political system So like a typical citizen now I don't know what I'm voting on.
Stand for Reality Hillary Clinton
Future generations will look back and wonder, what were we thinking How could we possibly be so irresponsible I'm just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain and I know what's happening in the world is going to have a big effect on my daughter and especially on my granddaughter. It's hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change. Who would rather remind us they're not scientists than listen to those who are. You don't have to be a scientist to take on this urgent challenge.
That threatens us all, you just have to be willing to act. America has made a start in addressing this threat. The renewable energy industry It created over 50,000 new jobs and drove more than 35 billion dollars in investment last year alone. But we have to do much more and we have to do it now. On day one as president, I will set two ambitious national goals that will test our capacities but that I know are within our reach. First, I will ensure we hit a target of having more that half a billion solar panels installed.
Across the country by the end of my first term. Second, we'll set a 10year goal of generating enough renewable energy to power every single home in America. Over the next few months I will lay out a comprehensive agenda to meet the climate challenge and make America the world's clean energy superpower. We're all going to have to do our part, but that's who we are as Americans. We don't hide from change we harness it. We're on the cusp of a new era. We can have more choice in the energy we consume and produce.
Richard Florida Want Job Stability Get Creative.
The main message of my work over the past decade or more has been a fairly basic message and that's that every single human being is creative. But then as with anything one has to put statistical parameters around what that means, and what I've found, is that in the United States and around the world our society is really divided into people who are principally paid to use their creativity at work and those who may be quite creative but they're principally paid to use their physical labor or they're involved in lowskill.
Service work. In any event, there are about 40 million Americans who are privileged to be members of what I call the creative class. There are people in science and technology. There are people who are entrepreneurs who work in research and development. They are architects, they're designers they work in arts and culture, the entertainment and media. And then the kind of classic knowledge based professionals that great management thinkers like Peter Drucker taught us about, people in business and management and healthcare and law and education. Now right now in the United States its about 35 percent of the.
Workforce but what's interesting is through the terrible economic crisis we've had, while rates of unemployment for manufacturing workers went over 15 percent, and in some cases over 20 percent, for people who do lowskill service work like food preparation or personal care, that kind of work went well over ten percent. The rate of unemployment amongst the creative class never went higher than five percent. And we're on track to generate another seven million of these jobs over the course of the next decade. And one thing that's really interesting, when I first look at the creative class in the original.
Version of the book in 2002, in the most advanced regions of the countries, places like San Francisco, or the Silicon Valley or Boulder, Colorado, or Austin, Texas, or Seattle or Boston, RaleighDurham, Washington, D.C. There might have been 35 or 40 percent. Now in some of these regions, almost 50 percent of the workforce we're sitting in Manhattan today and in New York county, which is Manhattan, it's nearly half of the workforce is already in this creative class and we have been able to look around the world and I added a whole.
New chapter on that in this book. You know, in some countries like Singapore or in Sweden or in Norway or in Denmark, the Netherlands, already more than 45 to 50 percent of the workforce is doing this kind of creative class work. So in my view, it's the growth force of our time and the real challenge ahead of us how do we get more and more people involved in creative class work using their minds, using their creativity, because it will afford them a better salary, it'll improve productivity and it'll hopefully begin to address the.
Power to the People with Johan NorbergPreview
JOHAN NORBERG Most people in developing countries aspire to a rich, better life. These people know how we in the West live, and they refuse to be left behind. The highest standard of living the world has ever known has been built on an everincreasing use of energy, and there is no end in sight. We've made great strides in making everything more energyefficient, from jumbo jets to television sets. But despite that, we've increased our use of energy. Not only do we fly more, but there's a TV on the back of.
The seat. Couldn't we all just cut back, and learn to live with less energy Why can't we live greener reduce our consumption buy local and just travel less Denmark wanted to maintain its high standard of living, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. So it bet its future on wind power. Should we follow in their footsteps Or could massive solar, like this plant in Morocco, be the answer Some believe that Ethanol, as a biofuel, was going to help to solve our energy problems. Now it appears to be a dead end. But fracking, under these.
Same fields, is now creating a boom in natural gas, especially here in the United States. It's the cleanest burning fossil fuel we've got, and it seems we're finding more of it every day. But can we live with the tradeoffs The most ambitious transformation of a country's energy sector is taking place right now, here in Germany. The specter of potential nuclear disaster has moved Germany away from nuclear, and toward wind and solar energy but not without unintended consequences. Right now, we are relying heavily on fossil fuels, and a lot of people are concerned about global warming.
How is power divided in the United States government Belinda Stutzman
Have you ever wondered who has the authority to make laws or punish people who break them When we think of power in the United States, we usually think of the President, but he does not act alone. In fact, he is only one piece of the power puzzle and for very good reason. When the American Revolution ended in 1783, the United States government was in a state of change. The founding fathers knew that they did not want to establish another country that was ruled by a king, so the discussions were centered on.
Having a strong and fair national government that protected individual freedoms and did not abuse its power. When the new constitution was adopted in 1787, the structure of the infant government of the United States called for three separate branches, each with their own powers, and a system of checks and balances. This would ensure that no one branch would ever become too powerful because the other branches would always be able to check the power of the other two. These branches work together to run the country and set guidelines for us all to live by.
The legislative branch is described in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. Many people feel that the founding fathers put this branch in the document first because they thought it was the most important. The legislative branch is comprised of 100 U.S. Senators and 435 members in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is better known as the U.S. Congress. Making laws is the primary function of the legislative branch, but it is also responsible for approving federal judges and justices, passing the national budget, and declaring war. Each state gets two Senators.
And some number of Representatives, depending on how many people live in that state. The executive branch is described in Article 2 of the Constitution. The leaders of this branch of government are the President and Vice President, who are responsible for enforcing the laws that Congress sets forth. The President works closely with a group of advisors, known as the Cabinet. These appointed helpers assist the President in making important decisions within their area of expertise, such as defense, the treasury, and homeland security. The executive branch also appoints government officials,.
Commands the armed forces, and meets with leaders of other nations. All that combined is a lot of work for a lot of people. In fact, the executive branch employs over 4 million people to get everything done. The third brand of the U.S. government is the judicial branch and is detailed in Article 3. This branch is comprised of all the courts in the land, from the federal district courts to the U.S. Supreme Court. These courts interpret our nation's laws and punish those who break them. The highest court, the Supreme Court,.
Settles disputes among states, hears appeals from state and federal courts, and determines if federal laws are constitutional. There are nine justices on the Supreme Court, and, unlike any other job in our government, Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, or for as long as they want to stay. Our democracy depends on an informed citizenry, so it is our duty to know how it works and what authority each branch of government has over its citizens. Besides voting, chances are that some time in your life you'll be called upon to participate in your government,.
Team New York Virtual Tour Solar Decathlon 2011
MUSIC All the people on team New York, we're all from the city and we wanted to know what, how we could really effect or impact the urban environment. And we know that cities are growing, that population is growing and we've also studied PlaNYC and we wanted our project to be in correspondence with a larger plan because we wanted to relate to it and see how we could actually help create a sustainable solution for growing cities in the world and then make this a prototype for something that can be applied elsewhere.
MUSIC The challenge has basically been coordination, trying to get the cranes to come on time, to get the trucks to come on time, so we were a little slow on the delivery of materials, but once it came together we were able to assemble our house together pretty quickly. MUSIC We're the only urban entry in this competition so what we have on the outside of the house is a curtain wall system that's customized for the solar roof pad. Our house is the only one that's designed to be on a roof, so our house is the only one that has a structural.
ALEC Retreats On Stand Your Ground, Voter ID Laws
To companies pulled out of alec and bring the number of two tenths of a huge companies pepsicola coke cola crap mcdonald's wendy's et cetera and so uh. what happened with alec also victory their polling uh. they're what a ride the law support and stand your ground law support these guys are going to continue do a lot of damage alexa forces this group that brings state legislators who worked for the corrupt together with corporations who want to corrupt them the corporations give them money annandale hand in the word for word the bills of the corporations have.
Written for them and so they do that for the nra as well and stand your ground laws but now they didn't so much heat that they're going to back away from it and they did it in terms of voter id laws meaning we get as little uh. minorities in the country to vote as possible and then by the way the guy who founded alec uh. actually had a speech that we've often show on the program paul weir wasif i don't want everyone voted ireland want our guys voting meaning of.
Course republicans so if minorities vote for democrats will let's find out ways of course they show that minorities on both the mass of the voter id laws do as for example twenty five south african americans don't have uh. photo id they live in big cities et cetera they don't need a driver's license and that's how you deal with the vote uh. it's a new form of discrimination so alec has now put out a statement saying we're eliminating the alachua blix safety elections task force that dealt with noneconomic issues.
And reinvesting these resources in the past forces that focused on the economy that is basically on those issues surrender back here so you have to give at ton of gratitude color change now a lot of great organizations worked on this p triple c worked on a so many parece about was worked on a but color change led this charge the other guys who actually led the charge against land back as well and if you notice climb back not on national television anymore so hand when color change comes to get you.
You better watch out son 'cause they're coming within the company right so that doesn't mean the battle is over has allergies that redirecting their energy told towards other ways of screwing us here the projects are still working on this is from think progress of the measures alec has specifically push for the past state unionbusting measures repealing minimum wage laws so thats lovely privatizing public lands repealing capital gains taxes of course of the rich get richer repealing the state tax so that means probably rich to head off to their act as a great kids.
Uh. without showing any fighting efforts to dress manmade blind climate change uh. and then uh. repealing at paid sick there was around the country impact on work what do you mean you're sick requiring a supermajority to raise taxes on the can never be raise like in california and pushing rules that the deemed kids eating rat poison hasn't acceptable risk so there's a lot of work to be done case of alec but at least for them on being a color change and other progressive groups have done what appeared to be nondurable.
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