LISTENING COMPREHENSION: THE GREEN APPLE (PBS documentary) 1. What uses up 40% of the world’s energy? a. Cars b.

Buildings c. Factories 2. The implementation of sustainable eco-friendly strategies is becoming a matter of... a. concern b. disregard c. survival 3. David Owen’s words could be summarised as follows: a. Manhattan is one of the dirtiest and most polluted areas of the world. b. If we measure it right, Manhattan is greener than we may have thought. c. New Yorkers pollute a lot more than other citizens in America or even worldwide. 4. What does Carol Willis mean by ‘the community of crowding provides a separation from the individualization in consumption’? a. The masses consume following a pattern. b. People buy according to their needs, and therefore each person establishes different priorities. c. Mass consumerism brings out more pollution. 5. Why did David Owen and his wife gain weight when they moved to the countryside?

6. What opinion has Paul Golderberg about cities? a. They cause more pollution. b. Big communities spend less energy so they’re more ecological. c. They are the worst model of social organization since they increase energy consumption. 7. According to the narrator, how many hours a day do Americans spend in their cars? 8. According to Paul Golberberg, which 3 aspects do we have to take into account when measuring the energy consumption of buildings? Do they consume more or less than cars?

9. In Susan Szenasy, why is 4 Times building so important?

10. (Bob Fox) What idea has made it possible to save up to 50% in the amount of potable water used in the construction of the building?

11. Complete Susan Szenasy’s definition of sustainability: To breathe ................ air, to drink ..................., clean water, and to eat ......................, ......................... and healthy food. 12. (Rafael Pelli) Could you explain how the green roof in The Solaire helps protect the environment and reduce energy waste?

13. (Rafael Pelli) What solution have the designers of the Verdisian devised so as to overcome the problem of neighbouring buildings blocking the sunlight?

14. (Rafael Pelli) Does building smarter cost more? a. Yes, because extra costs have to be compensated by increasing rents. b. Yes, and there’s no way to amortize the initial investment at short term. c. Not necessarily. For instance, the Solaire even produced benefits by adding 3% premium to rents. 15. According to Susan Szenasy’s opinion, which 2 things are always behind big changes in marketing trends?

16. (Rick Cook) What percentage of the population consumes 25% of the earth resources? Is that a sustainable model?

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