Sustainable Shmastainable

Sustainability with Teeth, A Literal View | Managing Urbanization Term Paper | 2010 | What if we took a literal view of sustainability and adhered to a strict Lake Travisdefinition? What if we took it back from cheap marketing buzzword shtick and cliche? What if it had legal teeth? It is an unrealistic expectation that this will happen anytime soon! And… before all of you Agenda 21 people get on my case, I  am very much for liberty and private property rights – but also somewhat concerned about the survival of the species of which I am a member. Somewhere, somehow, we have to find the balance between individual freedom and collective responsibility.

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How I used applied geographic methods to find urban food deserts in Austin, Texas

I thought it might be interesting to post my directed research (think thesis but with fewer restrictions) on finding and indexing the neighborhoods with the least access to affordable, healthy food in Austin, Texas. I used a mixed-methods approach, combining both quantitative and qualitative methods (GIS, statistics, surveys, and observations).  Completing the directed research was a partial requirement for earning my Master’s in Applied Geography (M.A.G.) in Land Management from Texas State University. It was a long but rewarding project. It was well-received and I graduated! More importantly, I learned a tremendous amount about professional geography from working on it!

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GIS Class Presentation on Food Deserts (This is how it started)