Personal Transportation Eco-Audit

65 minutes
15 minutes of one class session; 7 days working at home to collect data; another 50-minute session to process results and analyze data
Primary subjects: 
Mathematics
Grade: 
7, 8
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In this lesson, students conduct an eco-audit to see how much carbon dioxide their personal transportation habits contribute to the atmosphere during a period of one week. They analyze the results, put those results into perspective, and then plan simple actions they can take to reduce their personal impact on the environment.

Key objectives for students
Describe their daily personal transportation habits.
Determine the amount of CO2 emitted in one week as a result of their transportation activities.
Estimate the impact of their fuel usage for the school year and calendar year.
Evaluate options for improving their transportation habits and reducing their carbon footprint.
Reflect on the importance of taking action to create a sustainable future.
Secondary subjects
Civics and Government, Economics, Environmental Education, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
Carbon footprint, fuel efficiency, tragedy of the commons, greenhouse gases, Audit, Carbon dioxide, Climate
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, 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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