# 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.

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.

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, Saint Leo University

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

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?

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.

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.

Solar panel statistical tests part of Activities

Owen Byer, Eastern Mennonite University

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.

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.

Plastic Waste Production part of Activities

Karen Bliss, Quinnipiac University

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

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.

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.

Problems for Calculus and Precalculus part of Activities

Deb Hughes Hallett, The University of Arizona

Problems on Energy and Climate for Students in Calculus I and II

Simple Population Space Usage part of Activities

Bill Bauldry, Appalachian State University

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 part of Activities

Holly Partridge

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

Teaching Mathematics as Though Our Survival Mattered part of Activities

Martin Walker

Mathematics plays a pivotal role in helping us understand "the current human condition." This attached article provides multiple examples and is useful as a supplemental reading. A variety of math problems could also be extracted for course use.