The Future of Cities - How do we improve them? How do we Future Proof them?
January 27, 2015
Hosted by Shane Wolffe
Cities are the heart of our civilization. How to we make them better for residents? How do we optimize them for business and industry to thrive? How do we ensure that they are healthy places to congregate and live out our lives? In this episode of Future Proof Radio, Shane and guest John Norquist discuss how to Future Proof our cities to meet the needs of all residents. Mr. Norquist is a leader in national discussions of urban design and development issues. Norquist’s work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as mayor of Milwaukee from 1988 to 2004 and his service as President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2004 to 2014. Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities and has taught courses in urban planning and development at the University of Chicago, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
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Future Proof is Freedom. What kind of world do you want to live in?
Together we can change the world. We must start with ourselves. Then we can Future Proof our homes, businesses and communities.
Many people don’t realize it, but most of our biggest problems can be solved using current technology. I want to help you understand what you can do right now to make a difference.
My guests and I are going to simplify our technical expertise and break down what you can do in your home, business, workplace or community to save money, reduce your environmental impact and improve the health of yourself and people around you. Our guests work in various industries but all of them are here to help you Future Proof your home and our planet.
My name is Shane Wolffe and I work as a professional engineer with “Green Buildings” in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, a city with one of the harshest climates that people live in. I am LEED accredited, trained by the Passive House institute, a Certified Energy Auditor and a certified Thermographer. I’ve worked as a consultant, a technician and as a manager for a start-up modular home building company. I've worked in pretty much every building type there is. I've seen a lot of issues but I've also seen a lot of solutions. I know that we can do much better, and if we do, we can build a much more sustainable world.
I’ve been fortunate to work with and learn from the best companies and minds involved with energy efficiency and green building. Unfortunately these companies often have difficulty gaining traction despite their value regarding the big picture. In other words, the green building industry has a marketing problem.
I firmly believe that this industry can reshape our economy and is necessary for the long term prosperity of humans and nature alike. The only way that this industry and movement is going to over-take the status quo is if regular folks understand how green building is of serious benefit to them, and they understand how to do it in an economical way. With this understanding I wrote my book and came up with the idea for my website. We will dive into this world so you can understand how you can help build a better one.