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Communications Booster: Curbing Emissions
Nicole Colston, Oklahoma State UniversityCharlie Cottingham, Frederick Community College (MD)Susan Spierre, Arizona State UniversityPaul Ruscher, Florida State University This page builds on the CLEAN reviewed ...

Powering the Future
This paper introduces a card exercise which allows students to make decisions about how best to provide electrical power to their country. Students must make choices between renewable and non-renewable electricity ...

Environment and the Earth Class
The Environment and the Earth class at the University of South Carolina participated in a campus environmental service-learning project where students collected data lighting, water fixtures, recycling bins, and trash in five academic buildings.

Question of the Day: ANWR Drilling Policy
ANWR Drilling Policy Debate (Acrobat (PDF) 118kB Jun16 04) Activity Sheet and Reading The author's calculations yield the following: An average US car mileage increase of five miles per gallon would reduce oil ...

The Costs of Your Commute: Your Money, Your Time, and the Earth
This activity has students investigate their own cost, CO2 output, and time for commuting. They then compare their commute to an environmentally conscious alternative by using comparable metrics.

Biking vs Driving
How much difference would biking to work one day per week make?

How Much Energy is on my Plate?
This activity is part of the community collection of teaching materials on climate and energy topics. This activity was submitted by faculty as part of the CLEAN Energy Workshop, held in April, 2011. This activity ...

Back of the Envelope Calculations: Renewable Energy
This is an example of a back of the envelope calculation of the payback period for a renewable energy installation.

Replacing Household Appliances: Refrigerator
In this problem, students compare the energy use of their existing refrigerator with a new refrigerator.

How much energy do you save by doubling insulation?
Students will be provided the governing equation for steady state heat transfer across a surface. They will use that equation to explore the effect of changing the insulation value on the amount of energy used.

Solar panel statistical tests
In this activity, students will determine whether there is a statistically significant difference in the number of watts of power produced on individual solar panels at Bryn Mawr College.

Modeling: (1) Revenue Neutral Carbon Taxes; (2) Accelerated atmospheric C02 concentrations
Design a revenue neutral carbon tax and a plan for implementation; together with a model for what happens if we do not institute such a tax-system.

Cost Effectiveness of Increased Fuel Efficiency
In this example students examine and critique an argument which implies that it is not cost effective to pay for an automobile with increased fuel efficiency. Using a few reasonable assumptions shows that some of ...

Communications Booster: The Great "LOCAL AND RENEWABLE" Energy Debate: Adapting Lessons for Place-based Politics and Student-centered Learning
Dan Steinberg, Princeton UniversitySerena Poli, Eastern Michigan UniversityNicole Colston, Oklahoma State University This page builds on the CLEAN reviewed activities Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy ...

Calibrate Peer ReviewTM: Petroleum Geology of the Persian Gulf Region
Students explore the origin and distribution of oil and gas in a region of global significance, the Middle East, including the geologic history and the socio-political and environmental issues associated with ...

Energy Policy
Students research and make recommendations regarding the petroleum energy policy of the U.S. with respect to other countries.

Energy Resources: Considering the Sustainability of Past, Present, and Future Resource Consumption
Students consider the vast amount of past and present energy resources in the world, their distribution, as well as the sustainability of their use. It introduces the idea of resource consumption and distribution to high school students.

Renewable - But Is It Sustainable?
Production of biofuels as an alternative energy source is not as simple as the media portray. This exercise enables students to practice critical thinking skills in evaluating the "value" of biofuels - a somewhat ambiguous concept.

How Clean is Nuclear Energy? An Evaluation of the Environmental Impacts of Nuclear Power as an Alternative Energy Source
This writing assignment is in lieu of a laboratory activity during the discussion of nuclear chemistry within the general chemistry curriculum.

Your Environmental Impact
The following homework assignments are designed to build understanding of personal water use, sewage, waste generation and disposal, pollution sources and impacts, and energy use and costs.

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