# Sustainability in Math Activities

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Population Growth, Ecological Footprints, and Overshoot part of Activities

Rikki Wagstrom, Metropolitan State University

In this activity, students develop and apply linear, exponential, and rational functions to explore past and projected U.S. population growth, carbon footprint trend, ecological overshoot, and effectiveness of hypothetical carbon dioxide reduction initiatives.

Hybrid Vehicles: Are They Worth It? part of Activities

Lori Carmack, Salisbury University

In this project, students analyze the costs of gasoline nationwide. They also investigate the cost-effectiveness of purchasing a new hybrid vehicle as opposed to purchasing a new vehicle that runs solely on gasoline.

Estimating OUR Carbon Footprint part of Activities

Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; Jean McGivney-Burelle, University of Hartford; Rikki Wagstrom, Metropolitan State University

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Salt Marshes: estimation techniques using basic algebra and geometry part of Activities

Yelena Meadows, Upper Iowa University; Sharareh Nikbakht, Appalachian State University

The activity allows for learning about salt marshes ecosystem and practicing of basic math in estimations.

One day it is too hot and other days it is too cold. Do we need to replace the HVAC system? part of Activities

Monika Kiss

This project will allow students to create a mathematical model to help in making decision about replacing HVAC units on a large scale.

Should I Unplug? part of Activities

Lori Carmack, Salisbury University

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The Costs of Your Commute: Your Money, Your Time, and the Earth part of Activities

Charlie Buehrle, Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg

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.

How Big is Your Breakfast Footprint? part of Activities

Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Calculation of a carbon footprint resulting from common breakfast choices illustrates the importance of contextualization.

Choosing Between Home Appliances: Benefits to the Planet and Your Wallet part of Activities

Corri Taylor, Wellesley College

Students research various options for new appliances and make purchasing decisions based not merely on purchase price, but also on energy efficiency, which has implications for the planet AND for longer-term personal finances. Students calculate the "payback period" for the more energy efficient appliance and calculate long-term savings.

What's for Dinner? Analyzing Historical Data about the American Diet part of Activities

Jessica Libertini, Johns Hopkins University

In this activity, students research the historical food consumption data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to observe trends, develop regressions, predict future behavior, and discuss broader impacts.

Arctic Sea Ice Extent part of Activities

Bill Bauldry, Appalachian State University

Student teams investigate Arctic Sea Ice by analyzing actual data and making predictions. A worthwhile extension is to predict the first year that the Arctic Ocean will be ice free.

ELIMINATING TRAYS IN THE CAFETERIA: BENEFITS TO THE PLANET AND TO ECONOMIC COSTS part of Activities

Dianne Marquart

In this activity, students will investigate the economic and environmental benefits of eliminating food trays in the cafeteria at their college.

Sustainability Efforts on Our Campus: A Mathematical Analysis part of Activities

Lori Carmack, Salisbury University

In these open-ended but simple activities, students use basic mathematics and descriptive statistics to analyze campus sustainability efforts.

Trawl Data Exploration in Multivariable Calculus part of Activities

Kris Green, Saint John Fisher College

This activity is based on exploring the data collected from all trawls around the Chincoteague Bay from 2005 - 2014. Students can construct their own contour diagrams as they cross section the data based on their own choices. This database could also be used to support similar activities in statistics or graph theory.

How Biodiverse is Lake Superior? An exercise in proportions. part of Activities

Stephanie Kajpust

Students use critical thinking and algebra to measure and evaluate the biodiversity in Lake Superior.

Fitting and Estimating Rates of Change in the Functions Underlying Earth's Bio-Development Over Time part of Activities

Alan Ableson; Jennifer Bready

What is happening in our world? How has the temperature changed? Have oxygen and carbon dioxide levels changed? How does this effect biodiversity? In this lab, we will investigate the changes in these four variables over various time periods to see how they relate.

Biking vs Driving part of Activities

Deirdre Smeltzer, Eastern Mennonite University

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

Who Goes There? Estimating Ocean Populations in Chincoteague Bay part of Activities

Maria Hernandez; Itnuit Janovitz-Freireich

In this activity students use data to: rank species on the food chain, compute energy flow ratios and estimate fish populations in the Chincoteague Bay. Students also discuss the impact of the ecosystem and humans on this population, with an extension activity calculating the biodiversity of the system.

How should I shower? part of Activities

Margaret Sullivan

In this activity, students will investigate the questions: What are the benefits/costs of 3 varieties of shower head types: standard, low flow, massage spray? Which would be best for a homeowner? For the university dorms?

The True Cost of Eggs: Commercial vs. Local part of Activities

Caira Bongers