How does energy, waste, water, transportation, and occupant satisfaction relate to sustainability?
What are the principles of smart growth and how do they relate to the triple bottom line?
What is sustainability?
100 minutes

7 / 8
Environmental Education, Reading or Language Arts, Science

In this lesson, students identify the major causes of traffic jams in their city and discuss how traffic affects air quality. Students observe the traffic in their city and identify some of the problems. Them they write a report about the problem of traffic and propose possible solutions.

50 minutes

1 / 2
Environmental Education

In this lesson, students build on their knowledge of how less congested roadways can improve communities by focusing on another important reason to reduce traffic: air pollution. Students discuss what air is and why clean air is so important. They learn that vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution and discuss some of the pollutants that fossil fuel-powered vehicles emit. Students observe traffic near the school and track how many vehicles pass in a given timeframe. They then create an impactful mural of vehicle traffic and emissions near the school to raise awareness and springboard additional discussions about transportation.