Your Family’s Carbon Footprint

A big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is livestock, so the less meat you eat, the lower your carbon footprint! During activity four in the series of five, learners calculate their and their families' carbon footprint using the EPA's Personal Emissions Calculator located on its website. From this, participants share their data and discuss. Each then creates a brochure, educating their peers about ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Chunk the lesson—calculation portion, extend portion, discussion, then brochure creation  and check in with groups to make sure everyone has the correct information before moving on
  • Lesson best fits middle and lower level high schoolers; for 11th and 12th graders, have them discuss the carbon footprint of the school with their principal or someone higher in the district, or you can have them write a newspaper article with their findings
Classroom Considerations
  • Each pupil or pairs will need a computer with Internet access
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Easy to implement and requires few materials
  • Combining the assessment and quiz questions (six total) provides a great way to gauge students' knowledge
  • None
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