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School Transportation 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 take a close look at the commute of students and staff to and from school. The lesson begins with a presentation that first reviews the benefits of green schools and then discusses some of the effects transportation has on our society and the environment. Next, students analyze their personal commute to and from school and work together to compile data on the class. They extrapolate from this to estimate travel data for the entire school community in order to determine the average commute to and from campus. Finally, they reflect on the impact of that travel in terms of carbon dioxide emissions.

Key objectives for students
Describe current modes of transportation and the impact they have on society and the environment.
Consider alternatives to fossil-fuel-powered transportation.
Describe how students and staff get to and from campus.
Calculate the school community’s carbon footprint related to travel to and from the school.
Secondary subjects
Art, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts, Social Studies
Topics
sustainable economics, Audit, green school, natural resources, renewable resources, Energy efficiency, Conservation, Transportation, Carbon footprint, Emissions, fuel economy, Alternative energy, Energy
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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