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Take the Energy Action Challenge

Lesson Description:
Students will work in pairs or small groups to apply knowledge of energy-wise habits to evaluate energy use in their homes and schools and make recommendations for improved efficiency. They will use an energy audit tool to collect data on their home and school energy habits and present an action plan to their class. further communication at the school and district level is encouraged.
Lesson Type:
  • Audit

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Green Building

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program

Time Needed:
2 class periods
Standards Addressed:
National standards: 9-12
  • SEC-F: 3.b. The Earth does not have infinite resources; increasing human consumption places severe stress on the natural processes that renew some resources, and depletes those resources that cannot be renewed.
  • SEC-F: 4.b. Materials from human societies affect both physical and chemical cycles of the earth.
  • SEC-F: 4.c. Many factors influence environmental quality. factors that students might investigate include population growth, resource use, population distribution, overconsumption, the capacity of technology to solve problems, poverty, the role of economic, political, and religious views, and different ways humans view the Earth.
  • SEC-F: 6.b. Understanding basic concepts and principles of science and technology should precede active debate about the economics, policies, politics, and ethics of various science and technology related challenges. however, understanding science alone will not resolve local, national, and global challenges.
  • SEC-F: 6.c. Individuals and society must decide on proposals involving new research and the introduction of new technologies into society.

Materials Needed:
  • handouts included
  • cameras (optional but preferable)

School or Group:
GEF
Contact Email:
Service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Located in: Science

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