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Urban Environment - Carbon Footprint Calculation

Eryn Klosko
SUNY/Westchester Community College
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Students compile information on energy usage and compute their "Carbon Footprint" using a calculator on the internet. This particular calculator is easy to use and includes options for public transportation.

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Any introductory geoscience course could use this activity Designed for a geophysics course

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

no skills necessary

How the activity is situated in the course

this is a stand alone exercise


Content/concepts goals for this activity

evaluation of lifestyle - connections with sustainability themes

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

simple changes students can make that can alter their overall greenhouse gas emissions

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Description of the activity/assignment

Students gather information regarding their household's usage of energy, in addition to how much energy they consume for transportation. By going to a "Carbon Footprint" calculator on the internet, they can compute their total carbon score. Students can then see what lifestyle changes they can make to lower their scores. Uses online and/or real-time data

Determining whether students have met the goals

To goal is to see that students have made connections between their everyday activities and their impact to the environment

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