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Module Summary
The sustainability module can be completed in any high school environmental science class. The students can become involved by recycling plastic bottles in the classroom and cover multiple labs concerning sustainability. The labs include calculation of the students’ individual carbon footprints, the basic concept of global warming, comparing CO2 usage in various regions of the United States, discovering biodiversity in the environment, and water quality tests/importance. The goal of this module is to make students knowledgeable of environmental sustainability issues, learn about ways to be more sustainable and put those activities into practice.

Grade Levels

Module Materials (view or download)
Carbon Footprint
Cattail DNA Extraction
Comparing the Genetics of Cattails
Mining for Minerals

Module Activity Overview Estimated Class Time
Biodiversity 1 (45 min) class
Carbon Footprint 1 (90 min) class
Cattail DNA Extraction 1 (90 min) class
Comparing the Genetics of Cattails 1 (90 min) class
Mining for Minerals 1 (90 min) class





Last updated: 3/9/2015