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Design A Neighborhood

Lesson Description:

The purpose of this activity is to help students become aware of and understand the complexity of the issues surrounding sustainable transportation as it pertains to the urban prairie context.

This weeklong mini-unit looks at the issues surrounding sustainable transportation in an urban prairie centre. The main activity of the mini-unit sees students taking on the roles of various groups with a vested “quality of life” interest in the future development direction of the city. Given an imaginary plot of empty or reclaimable land in their city, students are challenged to plan a sustainable transport friendly community that encourages active transport and high quality of life. Note: if there were an actual plot of land in your city that is awaiting development, it would be good to use a real-world example. To carry out the task students need to research the issues around urban sustainable transportation and apply them to their own community. Concept mapping as a student research and organizational tool is also presented.

Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Green Building

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
6-7 classes over a 2 week time span
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The lesson takes course of 6-7 classes, but can be done over an average of a 2 week time period.
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Design a Neighborhood.pdf

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