Educators: Subject areas include high school science, design/architecture, and social studies.
GREEN YOUR SCHOOL PROJECT
This project could be started as a competition between the different science classes in one grade to find the winning proposal and action plan. Once the proposal is presented/accepted, the entire school can implement the action plan together.
1. Read the background essays and discussion questions for the episodes The Druk White Lotus School - Ladakh and Greening the Federal Government. Watch the episodes and discuss the post-viewing questions.
2. Using this link - http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/school.html - download the Environmental Protection Agency's "Climate Change Emission Calculator Kit" (Climate CHECK) to determine the greenhouse gas emissions of your school.
3. Using the resources listed below or any that you can find on your own, research what you can do to make your campus more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
4. Write an action plan to "green your school" by reducing the school's greenhouse gas emissions, and create a formal proposal to present to the school board or administrative team.
5. Implement any changes that you can immediately, and keep the school community updated on the progress of the school's greenhouse gas emission reductions.
6. Share your action plan with your peers and community through the school newspaper, local paper, and/or Web logs!
Looking for inspiration? Read this article about the many schools that are going green:
Watch a video about the Sidwell School, the first secondary school in the country to receive the LEED Platinum rating, and learn about how they became the greenest school in the world:
The Alliance to Save Energy has a green schools program as well as lesson plans to improve the energy efficiency of your school. Green Schools teams typically save between 5 to 15 percent on school electricity costs. A portion of the savings can be returned to your school to make even more significant changes, like retro-fitting the buildings for increased energy efficiency:
In 2004 Global Green launched a new effort focused on K-12 schools in Southern California called the "Green Schools for Southern California Initiative." The Web site has lots of research and case studies to help prepare a well-informed proposal:
Great resources for schools on how and why to go green:
See what colleges and universities are doing to take on the green power challenge. Some universities are already running on 100 percent green power. Make your high school like a green college:
Personal online emissions calculator:
NATIONAL STANDARDS FROM MCREL STANDARD
Standard 1.9: Writes persuasive compositions that address problems/solutions or causes/effects (e.g., articulates a position through a thesis statement; anticipates and addresses counter arguments; backs up assertions using specific rhetorical devices [appeals to logic, appeals to emotion, uses personal anecdotes]; develops arguments using a variety of methods such as examples and details, commonly accepted beliefs, expert opinion, cause-and-effect reasoning, comparison-contrast reasoning).
Standard 5.6: Knows renewable and non-renewable sources of energy (e.g., fossil, wind, nuclear, solar).
Standard 14: Uses the design process to solve problems.
Standard 3.3: Knows that alternatives, risks, costs, and benefits must be considered when deciding on proposals to introduce new technologies or to curtail existing ones (e.g., Are there alternative ways to achieve the same ends? Who benefits and who suffers? What are the financial and social costs and who bears them? How serious are the risks and who is in jeopardy? What resources will be needed and where will they come from?)
Standard 4.6: Knows that a design involves different design factors (e.g., ergonomics, maintenance and repair, environmental concerns) and design principles (e.g., flexibility, proportion, function).
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