Reagan McFarland Favorite Scoop

This is a very inspiring video. This video is about helping refugees from a program that IKEA is doing. For every light bulb sold in their stores over a 2 month period, IKEA will donate 1 pound to the UNHCR to provide light for refugee camps.



Barrett Baughn Favorite Scoop

Feeding the World Sustainbility: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture

This article talks about how industrial agriculture is polluting the world. It explains how the industrial agriculture is putting toxic wastes into water and polluting the air with CO2 and methane. This pollutes the air and makes everyone around these factories sick. It also talks about how so many people that are over-weight but others are underweight and malnourished.

This has to do with Agribusiness in our Agriculture unit. Because of this large industry it is making people sick and waste tons of food. People who eat this unhealthy food put themselves at a higher risk to have a stroke or a heart attack. To prevent this we would have to more green and create natural farms that feed cows grass but we are far from that happening.                                          image

Interesting Scoop – Tori Denney

Vintage type from the Center’s re-created Yiddish print-shop display.

Unit 3 : 13 Yiddish Words We All Say : 
My insight: “Language and communications – Languages have shifted throughout the years and created many slang words to communicate. English is the Lingua Franca of the world, but has grown up from many other branches of languages. We use many everyday expressions from unusual sources, for example the Yiddish language. This language was the primary language to the Ashkenzazi Jews, and is today, only a primary language spoken by select groups of ultra-Orthodox Jews. For example, we often use the word “glitch” or “glitsh” (literally meaning “slip,” “skate,” or “nosedive,” which was the origin of the common American usage as “a minor problem”), plus many others from all kinds of varying languages.”

Favorite Scoop: Solar Roads




The changing roles of energy and technology

This article is about the first solar road/bike path, which was installed in the Netherlands and is doing better than expected.

The idea for solar roads did not originate in the Netherlands, but they were the first to implement it. Rather than installing solar panels on rooftops, bike paths and roads are an efficient use of space. With world population on the rise and energy consumption rising with it, the energy provided by solar roads could by instrumental in environmental preservation and clean energy. While inventions and innovations such as Smart Phones, potential of productivity has started to increase as well as energy consumption. The solar roads are a new use of energy and technology to solve problems caused by inventions that were meant to solve other problems. The problem with solar roads, as always, is the cost. To make the panels durable enough to withstand constant traffic over them is expensive. It would also prompt the massive undertaking of improving general infrastructure of a country before the solar panels could be implemented. Finding the funds for such a project would be a challenge, but would the solar investment be worth it?

Interesting Scoop Kacee


Serious discussions underway about Austin subway system Unit 7

austin subway


This article discusses the advantages and the disadvantages of creating an austin subway system. It covers the way it would affect traffic, the cost compared to other systems (by mile) and the time frame of which there would be funding and resources available to create this subway system.

This is significant because subways are a major form of public transportation and help to create an infrastructure where the working class may get to work without dealing with traffic.

Interesting Scoop- Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land Use


France recently passed a law that says that all new rooftops must have either plants or solar panels on top. There are lots of benefits to this law because it is environmentally sustainable. Solar panels create a green source of energy and save power and land by using renewable resources. Plants would absorb rainwater which helps with runoff water and cleans the atmosphere of toxic chemicals and adds oxygen back to the atmosphere, helping to reverse the greenhouse effect.


This article is related to cities and urban land use through the use of rooftops in urban areas to reduce the environmental effects of urbanization. The urban areas are rather crowded in general and there is not much room for solar panels/ plants. By thinking up and using the rooftops, space is created and greater planning is employed in the use of urban land.