When I started my research article some of the “driving questions” that6 first came to mind were “Why do they use a plastic coating for the bottom layers of Green-Roofs?”, “What was the public opinion on Green Infrastructure or Residential Renewable Energy?” and lastly, what was a quantifiable way of analyzing the therapy of plants to humans and how to quantify the psychological benefits of indoor plants.” The topic I choose to write about for my actual research article was “What was the Capital Gain of Green Infrastructure to Real-Estate?” I enjoyed investigating this question deeper because, not only is Green Infrasture my ideal industry but, I believe capitalism is going to be the driving force that catapults the green industry. I also discussed not only does Green Infrastructure add value to the Real Estate but, it also saves money and has a lower life cycle cost compared to Grey Infrastructure for stormwater management.
My Applied Project idea sprawled out of me meeting a lady by the name of Pam Knight and analyzing her business model. Pam Knight is the owner of Pam Knight Communications, she specializes in advertising and and communications for farms and ecotourism from VT to NH. For my Applied project I helped local farm D’Acers promote their events as well as surveyed their customers during a Sunday breakfast to help them better understand their audience. As for my PLN portfolio, my LinkedIn is the most used out of the rest of the learning networks that I have created. I also appreciated the Lynda service our school provides, it has given me a few certifications that I published on my LinkedIn . I feel as if I used my twitter more during the Intro to Interdisciplinary course rather than my senior seminar course. In my twitter account I follow governmental agencies that work on environmental services or conservational work for the most part. Specific Facebook groups that are intended for like minded individuals are also used for gaining knowledge and sometimes meeting other like-minded individuals. Some of these groups include: “Permaculture”, “House Plant Hobbyist” and, “Organic Farmers” as well as a couple of others I could have missed. As far as the community of USGBC goes so far, the USGBC isn’t so active besides the few people I’ve connected with through LinkedIn. Along with the NOAA climate research website I’ve cited on my “PLN Plan” I have also learned from a few other governmental and nonprofit websites and expect to persistently look at them. Lastly, some authors that have books that I am planning in diving into shortly are EO Wilson, Michell Pollen, Rob Greenfield, and Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, Masanobu Fukuoka, Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, Michael Phillips, as well as a few others I did not mention. Not only have I learned about these people in class but, these people will continue the type of information I would like to learn.