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What Makes a Green Building & Product?

Lesson Description:
This lesson unit will introduce and examine the concepts of green building and green jobs by researching terms, methodologies and benefits of green construction and renovation.

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast the terms “traditional building” and “green building”.
2. Compare and contrast the methodologies between traditional building and green building.
3. Compare and contrast the definitions of green building design and sustainable building design.
4. List factors that are consistent of green building.
5. Predict the economic benefits of a green building.
6. Discuss the not quantifiable benefits of a green building.
7. Locate websites and companies that sell green building products.
8. Interview a person who is associated with green building.
9. Create a blueprint for a green building
10. Construct a model of a green building
11. Facilitate a group discussion on the various aspects of their green building
12. Evaluate peer green building designs and model construction

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Green Building

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program

Time Needed:
Several classes (depends on which specific activities are chosen)
Standards Addressed:
This lesson addresses the following National Education Standard

· Content Standard: NS.9-12.5 Science and Technology
As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop:
Abilities of technological design
Understandings about science and technology

· Content Standard: NS.9-12.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of:
Personal and community health
Population growth
Natural resources
Environmental quality
Natural and human-induced hazards
Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

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