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Action to Enhance Sustainability part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Bill Stigliani, University of Northern Iowa
This assignment is a 10-hour, out-of-class project where each student designs and carries out an action plan to enhance sustainability. Students select from a large suite of alternative actions, most of which can be quantified for reductions in CO2 and energy consumption, as well as in dollar savings.

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A mock legislative debate to enhance and integrate student understanding of climate change science, policy, economics and ethics part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Mari Lee, Colorado College
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 part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Scott Cummings, Kenyon College
An exercise to analyze trends in global oil reserves, production, and consumption.

Habitat for Humanity Build Day part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Lori Troxel, Vanderbilt University
Teaching sustainability through Habitat for Humanity.

Offshore wind or offshore oil? part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Noah Snyder, Boston College
An introductory environmental science project tasking students with comparing offshore oil and wind power development.

Back of the Envelope Calculations: Renewable Energy part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Laura Rademacher, University of the Pacific
This is an example of a back of the envelope calculation of the payback period for a renewable energy installation.

Unit 3: Dynamic Integrated Climate Economy (DICE) Modeling part of Regulating Carbon Emissions
Sandra Penny, Bard College; Gautam Sethi, Bard College; Robyn Smyth, Bard College
After an opening discussion of systems thinking and models, student use webDICE, an online Dynamic Integrated Climate Economy model developed by Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy at the ...

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Unit 5: Abating Carbon Emissions part of Regulating Carbon Emissions
Robyn Smyth, Bard College; Gautam Sethi, Bard College; Curt Gervich, SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Students evaluate the EPA's Clean Power Plan in the context of Common but Differentiated Responsibility. This unit also introduces students to the idea that there are costs and benefits associated with the ...

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Unit 6: Carbon Emissions Game part of Regulating Carbon Emissions
Gautam Sethi, Bard College
In this unit, students play a game, a variation on the "Pollution Game" (Corrigan 2011), to develop an appreciation of the pros and cons of the commonly discussed policy options for carbon abatement ...

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Unit 7: Climate Change from the Socio-Environmental Systems Perspective part of Regulating Carbon Emissions
Robyn Smyth, Bard College; Curt Gervich, SUNY College at Plattsburgh; Eric Leibensperger, SUNY College at Plattsburgh
This unit summarizes and synthesizes the previous six units by inviting students to reflect on their experiences throughout the module, identify key learning moments and consider how these events influenced their ...

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Unit 3: Geologic Record of Past Climate part of Carbon, Climate, and Energy Resources
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College
Students will be introduced to a few of the different methods used in paleoclimatology, including isotopic ratios as paleotemperature proxies. They will investigate the greenhouse gas connections of two ancient ...

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Unit 4: Fossil Fuel Formation part of Carbon, Climate, and Energy Resources
Pamela Gore, Georgia State University
Students will explore various aspects of fossil fuels by examining the various ranks of coal and the processes by which coal, oil and natural gas form.

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Unit 5: Modern CO2 Accumulation part of Carbon, Climate, and Energy Resources
Pamela Gore, Georgia State University
Students will examine data that record the modern increase in carbon dioxide concentrations and the associated increase in average temperatures, and they will investigate the effects of carbon dioxide on various ...

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Unit 6: Moving Forward: Evaluating Impacts of Modern-day Proposals Affecting the Carbon-cycle and Climate part of Carbon, Climate, and Energy Resources
Pete Berquist, Thomas Nelson Community College
In this unit, students will review mock proposals that deal with some aspect of the role of carbon in the environment. Each proposal is based on actual actions proposed to mitigate some aspect of carbon consumption ...

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Unit 2: The Carbon Cycle part of Carbon, Climate, and Energy Resources
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College
Students will explore the different aspects of the carbon cycle on Earth. This includes the original source of all the carbon on our planet, the near ubiquity of carbon, the six principle reservoirs of carbon in ...

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An integrated view of the Glendale Landscape part of Hydrogeology:Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Kaye Savage, Wofford College
Students work in groups to develop posters that communicate their concept of landscape following several field labs (soils, sediment analysis, river discharge, vegetation survey, aquatic life) at one location. They ...

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Modeling the carbon cycle of the anthropocene part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Heather Stoll
Students use an Excel sheet to complete forward and inverse models of changes in carbon distribution between atmosphere, ocean and the biosphere from 1751 to the present and several centuries into the future. The model is given as a mostly complete package, into which students input emissions data in various sensitivity tests.

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Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the County Level: A Collaborative Term Project to Enhance Understanding of Climate Modeling and Quantitative Reasoning part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus

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Visualizing Carbon Pathways part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Carbon
LuAnn Dahlman, NOAA Climate Program Office; Ali Whitmer, University of California-Santa Barbara; Bruce Caron, New Media Research Institute; David Herring; Ray Tschillard
DATA: NASA Satellite Images TOOLS: ImageJ and Image Composite Explorer (ICE) of NASA Earth Observations (NEO). SUMMARY: Build animations of satellite data to illustrate and explore carbon pathways through the Earth system.

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Comparing Carbon Calculators part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
Mark McCaffrey, National Center for Science Education
Carbon calculators, no matter how well intended as tools to help measure energy footprints, tend to be black boxes and can produce wildly different results, depending on the calculations used to weigh various ...

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