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School Air Eco-Audit: Exploring

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

110 minutes
Two 55-minute sessions
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): Architecture & Construction, Career and Technical Education (CTE): STEM, Environmental Education, Science
Grade: 
11, 12
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This lesson is the first in a four-lesson module in which students conduct an eco-audit of the air quality in and around their school. It begins with a presentation that first reviews the benefits of green schools and then describes the importance of monitoring and protecting air quality. Students then investigate the quality of the air on the school campus and in the surrounding area. They evaluate critical factors that affect air quality and begin noting behaviors and structures that may contribute to poor air quality. They also begin formulating questions about and thinking of possible ways to improve the air quality on and around their campus.

Key objectives for students
Describe characteristics and benefits of green schools.
Explain the importance of protecting air quality.
Develop a detailed plan for assessing indoor and outdoor air quality on campus.
Make sensory observations to assess the air quality at a variety of campus locations.
Assess air flow in indoor campus environments.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Civics and Government, Economics, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
Atmosphere, Audit, Eco-audit, green school, respiration, Air pollution, particulate matter, noxious gases, smog, ozone, ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), sustainable economics, triple bottom line
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Global Leadership, Mindfulness
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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