Building Together

110 minutes
Two 55-minute sessions
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE), Environmental Education
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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In this lesson, students examine 10 guiding principles of smart growth and relate them to sustainability and the triple bottom line. Students then consider how they might apply principles of smart growth to their own community. They work in groups to choose a location within the community that is suitable for a new development and analyze, describe, and sketch how they could use the principles of smart growth to improve the property and beyond. This design becomes the base for a Development Design Portfolio they continue to refine and expand throughout Module 2. This first lesson also sets up a foundation for key principles of the LEED Green Associate Exam, Location and Transportation and Sustainable Sites Knowledge Domains.

Key objectives for students
Define smart growth.
Identify the principles of smart growth and how they relate to the triple bottom line.
Describe specific applications of smart-growth principles.
Integrate smart-growth principles into the design of a development for a previously developed or disturbed property.
Secondary subjects
Architecture, Art, Economics, Mathematics, Social Studies
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Mindfulness, Optimism
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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