# Sustainability in Math Activities

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Estimating OUR Carbon Footprint part of Activities

Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University; Jean McGivney-Burelle; Rikki Wagstrom

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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.

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.

Replacing Household Appliances: Refrigerator part of Activities

Krys Stave, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

In this problem, students compare the energy use of their existing refrigerator with a new refrigerator.

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.

Simple Population Space Usage part of Activities

Bill Bauldry

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

Bakken Oil From Shale, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Global Oil Economics part of Activities

Robert McConnell

Students work with oil production data to assess the environmental impact, and economic controls, of oil production and consumption.

Solar panel statistical tests part of Activities

Owen Byer

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.

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.

Modeling: (1) Revenue Neutral Carbon Taxes; (2) Accelerated atmospheric C02 concentrations part of Activities

Martin Walter

Design a revenue neutral carbon tax and a plan for implementation; together with a model for what happens if we do not institute such a tax-system.

Shift in life expectancy part of Activities

Holly Partridge

Determining the shift in expected life span over a century and the social and environmental impact

Problems for Calculus and Precalculus part of Activities

Deb Hughes Hallett

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