# Sustainability in Math Activities

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Population Growth, Ecological Footprints, and Overshoot part of Activities

Rikki Wagstrom

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.

A Monarchy Deposed: The Demise of the Monarch Butterfly part of Activities

Daniel Abel

Monarch butterflies (scientific name: Danaus plexippus) migrate annually to forests in central Mexico from Canada and California. Those surviving the 1200 - 2800 mile migration overwinter in Mexico. In this activity, students will learn about the conservation biology of monarch butterflies, threats to their survival, the implications of their potential extinction, and ways to protect the species.

Plastic Waste Production part of Activities

Karen Bliss

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

How much energy do you save by doubling insulation? part of Activities

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.

Arctic Sea Ice Extent part of Activities

Bill Bauldry

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.

How Big is Your Breakfast Footprint? part of Activities

Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University

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

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

Charlie Buehrle

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.

Should I Unplug? part of Activities

Lori Carmack

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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.