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Water, Energy, Lifestyles and the Future - with Glen Hiemstra, Futurist.com

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Futurist Glen Hiemstra addresses the future and water, energy, cities, and lifestyles for the Washington Association of Water & Sewer Districts annual meeting, April 2009

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Water, Energy, Lifestyles and the Future - with Glen Hiemstra, Futurist.com

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  2. 2. Key 10-Year ETD’s  People: Much Older,  Income Gap Younger, More Economics Diverse than ever  Global Climate Crisis  quot;Smallquot; gains value Clarifies  Tech-Acceleration  Oil on roller coaster  Biotechnology  Gov't. drive to sustainability  Nanotechology  Gov't drive to  Info-Technology accountability  Rationalizing global  Global learning economy challenge  Continued Emergence of China and India ©
  3. 3. What is probable? What is possible? What is Your preferred? IMAGE? ©
  4. 4. Society A Society B  Everyone lives in 3,500-  Everyone lives in 2,500- square-foot houses and square-foot houses and has no free time for has 45 minutes available exercise each day. for exercise each day.  Everyone lives in 3,500-  Everyone lives in 2,500- square-foot houses and square-foot houses and has time to get together has time to get together with friends one evening with friends four evenings each month. each month.  Everyone lives in 3,500-  Everyone lives in 2,500- square-foot houses and square-foot houses and has one week of has four weeks of vacation each year. vacation each year. Adapted from Robert H. Frank, Falling Behind ©
  5. 5. 1950 Average New Home 980 square feet for 3.4 people ©
  6. 6. 1960’s ©
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  9. 9. 1990’s ©
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  11. 11. NOW: 5,000-8,000 Sq. Ft. Homes For 2.6 people ©
  12. 12. 2008 IEA World Energy Outlook 50 mbd additional output needed by 2020 ©
  13. 13. Watch the Arctic Ice Reports at Snow-Ice Data Center ©
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  20. 20. Eldorado 1979 1996 ©
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  22. 22. Whitechuck 1973 2006 ©
  23. 23. A Lesson from the Future  A melting world and the end of cheap oil mean taking green leadership. The good news is we have most or all of what we need to do this fast: upgrade our buildings and community design, steward our natural areas, build a power grid that downloads and uploads, shift our transportation from the happy motoring life style to next generation mobility. We have most of the designs we need! ©
  24. 24. TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION ©
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  26. 26. Future Water = Thin Membranes  “There's no doubt in my mind that the future of water treatment looks like membranes. Without that, if you continue to build conventional treatment plants, which we've been doing for 100 years, you will not be able to sufficiently protect against emerging pathogens and chemicals.quot;  University of Houston environmental engineer Shankar Chellam  http://www.physorg.com/news159541848.html , 4/21/2009 ©
  27. 27. Konarka Technologies, Technology Review July/August 2004 © NanoSolar.com
  28. 28. Nanobatteries Altairnano ©
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  30. 30. Architectural & Design Innovation ©
  31. 31. Flexcrete ryderpictures.com ©
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  35. 35. LA 1950 2007 74 homes 2017 2027 Beanfields 2037 2047 2057 LA 2067 Paul Glover dream, http://www.ithacahours.com/losangeles.html ©
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