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Building Sustainable Awareness

Module Summary
Sustainability can be a hard concept to teach in a classroom setting because it is so distant from real life examples. In this module students learn concepts of sustainability through three activities. The first activity allows students to purchase green building technologies and construct models of their green design. In the second activity, students calculate their household
carbon emissions by using a carbon calculator on the EPA’s website. In the final activity, students build a house on a river bank and see how the resulting development affects the water quality around them and downstream homes.

Grade Levels

Module Materials (view or download)
Building Green Models
Carbon Emissions Calculator Activity
Human Impact: Down the River

Module Activity Overview Estimated Class Time
Building Green Models 2 (90 min) classes
Carbon Emissions Calculator Activity 1 (90 min) class
River of Shame 1 (90 min) class




Last updated: 3/10/2015