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What is systems thinking and why is it useful?
What are the principles of smart growth and how do they relate to the triple bottom line?
55 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore examples of actual water-use problems around the world that have been addressed with sustainable solutions. They investigate and discuss the specifics of each situation. Then students create an architectural sketch integrating solutions they’ve learned about in this module or their own innovations to design a sustainable solution for a given set of circumstances. As students explore different types of innovations for different regions of the world, they also remember the critical need to protect water resources for all.

110 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education

In this lesson, students explore strategies for reducing outdoor water use. Then they evaluate how landscape design and irrigation systems contribute to inefficient water use at their school. Students integrate their understanding of water-wise landscape design, irrigation systems, water reclamation, and submetering to propose ways that school officials can meet LEED Water Efficiency standard prerequisites and credit requirements for outdoor water use reduction on campus. Students use the EPA WaterSense Water Budget Tool to calculate the reduction in outdoor water use from the baseline outdoor water use for their proposed landscape design.