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Problems for Calculus and Precalculus part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Deb Hughes Hallett
Problems on Energy and Climate for Students in Calculus I and II

Understanding Why Our Present Consumption Way of Life is Unsustainable part of Activities
Walt White
This activity will show why our present ultra consumption way of life is not sustainable and must be changed if the human race is to survive long term. The Story of Stuff is shocking but very informative. Its purpose is to wake people up to the perilous situation we are in and take action individually or collective to make the necessary and difficult changes needed.

Finding the Personal Voice of Sustainability part of Activities
Kevin Saari

Using Research and Data to Protect and Ensure Safety With The Use Of Everyday Consumer Products part of Activities
Assignment directed by Ethan Whale, Oakland Community College, based of the internet source and mobile application, "Good Guide", created by Dara O'Rourke, Good Guide Inc. ,
New lengths of teaching the ideas of sustainable and renewable energies to late high school and early college students.

Applying Quantitative Reasoning to Biodiversity part of Activities
Kenneth Mulder
A series of 6 Excel-based projects on the mathematics of biodiversity for basic college math classes and developmental math classes. Students learn about the structure of biodiversity, the application of many basic data analysis skills, and the use of Excel for analysis and data presentation.

Using "Good Guide" to Create Better Consumers part of Activities
Aaron Fekaris

Observing different scenarios of climate change using climate challenge web game part of Activities
Aaron Fekaris
Use the web game Climate Challenge by the British Broadcasting Corporation to observe how decision by government can contribute to climate change. By seeing the consequence of government inaction in an interactive web experience, students will be more engaged citizens and voters. To show students that we live in a world with finite resources.

Choosing Between Home Appliances: Benefits to the Planet and Your Wallet part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop: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.

Energy Cost of Engine Idling part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Ben Fusaro
This is an open-ended but elementary modeling exercise about idling energy behaviors and impacts.

Should I Unplug? part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Lori Carmack
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