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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.

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

In this lesson, students explore innovations that reduce the gallons (liters) per flush and gallons (liters) per minute of indoor water fixtures and appliances. They evaluate ways that water is commonly wasted in buildings and propose strategies for reducing water consumption. Working in groups, students then research specific appliances and fixtures to determine why older models of water fixtures and appliances are often less efficient than newer models and to review innovations that make newer models more sustainable. Finally, students use their research findings and the data they gathered in Lesson 3.3 to make recommendations to school officials for ways to meet LEED Water Efficiency baseline standard prerequisites and credit requirements for indoor water use on campus.

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

In this lesson, students evaluate a variety of ways water is used inside and outside a building and how these uses impact the balance of water in an ecosystem. They focus on the three categories for water usage listed in the LEED Green Associate Knowledge Domain for Water Efficiency: indoor water use, outdoor water use, and water performance management. They learn the LEED efficiency-first approach to water conservation and how baselines set by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992 have improved water efficiency. Then they have an opportunity to act as LEED Green Associates by auditing school bathrooms and applying what they learned about baselines and full-time equivalencies to analyze and gain perspective on their findings.

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

In this lesson, students examine how the drinking water standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provide guidance for assessing water quality. They evaluate sources and potential impacts of graywater and blackwater and consider social and environmental concerns related to poorly treated water. Students then conduct independent and group research and develop key discussion points on water quality standards and related concerns.

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

The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand why Earth is considered the “water planet” and then analyze how much of that water humans can actually use for life-sustaining purposes. Students explore the concept of water scarcity in both physical and economic terms. They also investigate three major categories of human water consumption: agricultural, industrial, and domestic. They explore global water-related issues and ways we can address those issues on a personal level and as a proponent of green building.

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

In this lesson, students examine a variety of transportation options that can improve the sustainability of a development. Then student teams regroup to incorporate sustainable transportation options, such as accommodations for alternative transportation vehicles, carpooling programs, and bike lanes, into their smart-growth designs. The lesson helps motivate students to consider taking advantage of sustainable transportation options themselves as it gives them an in-depth understanding of the four credits related to transportation in the LEED Location and Transportation Credit Category.

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

In this lesson, students explore the “heat island effect.” They begin by conducting an experiment to examine the heat absorption of different materials. Then they define the heat island effect and explore its impacts in developed areas in greater detail. They look at how green roofs and other green building techniques can reduce the heat island effect and make communities more sustainable. They also learn about evapotranspiration and propose strategies for promoting evapotranspiration on a property. Finally, students rejoin their groups from previous lessons to apply what they’ve learned to their evolving Development Design Portfolio.