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Plastic Waste Production
Karen Bliss
In this exercise, students will use data to predict the amount of plastic waste in the next ten years.

Energy Cost of Engine Idling
Ben Fusaro
This is an open-ended but elementary modeling exercise about idling energy behaviors and impacts.

How much energy do you save by doubling insulation?
Joseph Skufca
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.

Simple Population Space Usage
Bill Bauldry
Students find current values for world and US populations, the area of Texas, and the size of the average house in the USA. Students then look at ratios to assess land usage.

Water conservation
Holly Partridge
Small amounts of water in one home dripping from a faucet can add up to huge monetary and resource losses

Should I Unplug?
Lori Carmack
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Biking vs Driving
Deirdre Smeltzer
How much difference would biking to work one day per week make?

How Biodiverse is Lake Superior? An exercise in proportions.
Stephanie Kajpust
Students use critical thinking and algebra to measure and evaluate the biodiversity in Lake Superior.

Shift in life expectancy
Holly Partridge
Determining the shift in expected life span over a century and the social and environmental impact

Economics of installing Solar PV panels: is it worth it to the individual?
Martin Walter
We show that it is economical for an individual to install solar photovoltaic panels in Denver, Colorado; and this is a sustainable strategy for society at large.