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Energy Consumption Rates across the USA and the World
A investigation of differences in rates and categories of energy use between countries and US states

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The Oil Game: Problem-based learning exercise in an Environmental Geology lecture-format class
This is an active engagement exercise as a capstone exercise in a unit on energy in an Environmental Geology class of non-science majors combining a 'field-based' simulation and 'office-based' geological modeling. It uses readily available supplies and easily constructed equipment that can take 1 or 2 class meetings.

Consequences of Modern Energy Use: A Remote Sensing analysis of the gulf oil spill using ArcGIS software.
Students download satellite imagery and conduct a remote sensing analysis of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using ArcGIS software.

Structural Analysis of a Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy System
This project applies basic geologic skills to the development of a geothermal electrical generation system. I use it in a structural geology, but it would be applicable to any intermediate to advanced level course ...

Dam the Wilderness: Building "Green Hydropower" on Big Creek
Students exercise knowledge of how dams impact physical and biological systems to try to design a dam that minimizes its impacts while still meeting power production and water diversion requirements.

Question of the Day: ANWR Drilling Policy
Students analyze the interplay between science and politics on the issue of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

To Drill or Not to Drill? A Case Study in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
To Drill or Not to Drill is a multidisciplinary problem based learning exercise, which intends to increase students' knowledge of a variety of topics through a real world environmental topic. In addition, ...

Hurricane Investigation
This is a simple homework assignment that will reinforce topics discussed in lecture as well as enabling students to search and analyze information on the web.

Urban Environmental Excursions: Field trips to connect urban geology students with the world around them
Environmentally-themed field trips in urban areas can stimulate student interest in geology and environmental science while providing curricular links to topics such as global warming, energy resources, water ...

Energy Hog Advertising Campaign
Students are asked to design an alternative to the Energy Hog Ads developed by the Depatment of Energy. This advertising campaign was launched in 2004 to encourage children and their parents to engage in energy ...

Resource Usage Project and Journal
Students keep track of one resource (water, electricity, gas, etc.) they use for a 7-day period. They summarize their usage patterns, give opinions, and get some self-realization about their habits.

Hydrogeology Research Project
This activity is for students to work in teams (2012) or individually (2013) to develop a project (such as a physical or numerical model), survey based research, case study, technical briefs on a remediation ...

Crafting a Sustainability Message
This activity asks students to develop text for a descriptive information board or kiosk to be placed at Growing Places Farm and Energy Park, a educational facility for at-risk youth.

The Lifestyle Project
This three-week project challenges students to learn about environmental alternatives by modifying their own lifestyles. Throughout the project, students reduce their impacts on the environment by changing the way in which they live from day to day.

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Using Lab Measurements to Determine the Feasibility of a Photovoltaic Panel
Using Lab Measurements to determine the power output of a solar module and the economic feasibility of photovoltaic panels

Offshore wind or offshore oil?
An introductory environmental science project tasking students with comparing offshore oil and wind power development.

Students' Evaluation of Competing Alternative Energy Options for a Sustainability Assessment
A group exercise in trying to understand the many attributes that contribute to an overall assessment of sustainability for alternative energy projects.

Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Teaching sustainability through Habitat for Humanity.

A mock legislative debate to enhance and integrate student understanding of climate change science, policy, economics and ethics
This activity utilizes publicly available, proposed national legislation to provide a platform for student inquiry into the intersection of climate science, environmental economics and sustainable public policy.

Analysis of trends in global oil reserves, production, and consumption
An exercise to analyze trends in global oil reserves, production, and consumption.


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