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

In this lesson, students evaluate the impacts of specific building materials throughout the material life cycle so they recognize how all the materials that form a building contribute to that building’s overall impact. During an observation hunt, they identify materials that make up key building components of the school. They determine whether a material is renewable, local, nontoxic, durable, biodegradable, reusable, or recyclable so they can recognize the characteristics of environmentally preferable building materials. They analyze the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the life cycle of a material they found during their observation hunt and propose ways, such as source reduction, to make the life cycle more sustainable. Finally, they apply what they have learned about material impacts to update the Sustainable Building Life Cycle Project, which they began in Lesson 5.1.

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

In this lesson, students begin investigating the LEED Materials and Resources Credit Category by examining the building life cycle, from the acquisition of initial building materials to the end of the building’s existence. Students consider the impacts of materials and resources at each step of the building life cycle and propose ways to reduce their impacts. Then they diagram the building life cycle, modifying it to consider changes from recycling and adaptive reuse at the end of life. Next, students explore and share adaptive reuse case studies to learn about creative ways people are reinventing buildings. Finally, students begin a group project in which students select a building or building site and plan how they will minimize the impacts of materials at each stage of the building cycle for either a new development, a renovation, or an adaptive reuse project. They revisit their plans at the end of each lesson in this module to apply what they’ve learned to their evolving designs.

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

In this lesson, students look at how energy-smart building designs include a tight building envelope. Students learn that a building envelope includes the parts of a building that separate the interior from the exterior. They view thermal images to explore common weak spots in the building envelope, conduct research to learn about strategies for addressing those weak spots, and then revisit the thermal images to share those strategies. Students consolidate what they learn by creating an infographic and by analyzing a video of a net-zero LEED platinum building.

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

This lesson introduces students to the major topics they will examine in depth later in this module. They begin by considering how the school environment affects them by noting the characteristics of rooms in which they feel the healthiest and most productive during the school day. This reflection helps introduce students to an important system goal in LEED, the Impact Category called Enhance Individual Human Health and Well-Being. Next, via a lively video, students learn about sick building syndrome. They play a matching game to link conditions, symptoms, causes, and possible solutions related to sick buildings. A presentation helps students establish a base from which to learn about the LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Credit Category by introducing categories of air quality, lighting, acoustics, and occupant comfort as key components. Finally, students review and share their analyses of case studies of actual healthy building projects to stimulate their interest in the strategies they will investigate in later lessons.

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

In this lesson, students investigate how passive design strategies, such as the use of passive solar, thermal mass, daylighting, and natural ventilation, can be used in a building to harvest “free” energy and conserve energy. First, they learn how key strategies can be integrated in a heating and cooling system for all seasons. Then they view photographs of actual buildings to evaluate the effectiveness of their passive design. Students then apply what they learn by designing, building, and testing a model house that incorporates passive design strategies.

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

In this lesson, students examine how buildings commonly use energy, particularly to regulate temperature and provide electricity, and where this energy comes from. They tour their school building to examine different ways energy is used within the building. Then they research several impacts that using that energy has on the environment, including climate change, acid precipitation, and ozone depletion. Students form groups to create mini-lessons on five key areas of environmental impact and then teach their peers about the impact. Throughout the lesson, students examine how human behavior and green building can effectively reduce energy consumption in buildings and, thus, the use of fossil fuels.

0 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Supplementary References

Every LEED Prep lesson includes references in the Assess section to the GBES LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Preparation Study Guide (when relevant), the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook (for Task and Knowledge Domains), and LEED Impact Categories. Those resources are included here, along with other references students may find helpful in preparing for the LEED Green Associate Exam.

200 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Below you will find a plethora of resources that will be helpful for students studying for the LEED Prep Green Associates Exam including the GBES Study Guide referenced in most lessons of the LEED Prep: Green Building Lessons for a Sustainable Future.

What is a green school?
15 minutes
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Kindergarten / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education, Professional Learning

This lesson page provides free resources for you, the teacher, to advance your own knowledge of sustainability and green building, and support your teaching.

This page is a great starting point for new sustainability teachers or a resource for experienced teachers. It will provide you with some background information to help you understand the impact of green schools and prepare you to start to take actions at your own school.

All the materials are available for free download in the “Prepare” tab below. For additional information about each resource, check out the “Teach” tab.

We’ve broken them down by:
- Green Schools Profiles and Case Studies
- Reports and Guides
- LEED Resources
- Pedagogy
- Videos

And check out additional resources in the Extend tab to expand your school's sustainability initiatives. We've called out reports to share with your legislators to drive green school initiatives as well as training to share with your facility staff.

The materials in this lesson are designed to support teachers, not implement as instruction in your classroom. But feel free to share materials with your students, colleagues, or community!

When you are ready, dive into the Learning Lab lessons. Looking for a place to start? Check out Every School Can Be A Green School: Getting Started Checklists. Or search the catalog by grade level, subject and theme.