Blog 5

This week I read an article about bio-inspired smart skin. Engineers and scientists have come up with a bio smart skin. This artificial skin will be used for airplanes, buildings, bridges, and machines. This skin has tactile sensing, thermal sensing and regulation, energy harvesting, UV protection, chromatic mimetism, adhesion, and surface mediation of mobility. This was very interesting to me, and I have never heard of this before. It is really cool to see what people in our field are doing to improve the environment.

During lecture on Thursday, we talked about the 14 patterns of biophilic design and their health benefits. The 14 patterns are visual connection with nature, non-visual connection with nature, non-rythmic sensory stimuli, thermal and airflow variability, presence of water, dynamic and diffuse light, connection with natural systems, biomorphic forms and patterns, material connection with nature, complexity and order, prospect, refuge, mystery, and risk/peril. The health benefits associated with these patterns are stress reduction, cognitive performance, and emotion mood and preference. These are all new to me, and I learned a lot. During the 10 TED talk, I leaned that designers and manufacturers in the apparel industry really need to make a change. They are hurting our environment, and we need to think about alternatives that we can implement.

Ida Hershey came from the sustainability office to talk about sustainability and how we implement that here at OSU. The term sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The three pillars of sustainable development are environment, economy, and society.

Here at OSU, I learned that we take sustainability very seriously. The environmental benefits are clean air, water, and land. The economic benefits are less is spent on energy and resources. The social benefits are culture of environmental stewardship. For a building to be considered a green building it much be LEED certified, have natural light, insulated, and recycled material. Our landscape services include tree campus USA and drip irrigation system. OSU’S reduce and recycle programs include OSU surplus where you can find used school supplies, move out collections, and drinking fountains. I learned a lot about our campus during this presentation.

We went and visited the recycling center on Thursday. It was built in 2013. I had no idea that we had a recycling center. The compounding machines really stood out to me. It was really cool getting to see how they work and what they do. There is a machine for cardboard and a machine for paper. They put them into bales, and then they sell it for profit. They produce 80,000 pounds of cardboard a month. It really put into perspective how important recycling is, and I want to start recycling and helping our environment.


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