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12 Steps to a Sustainable High School

Connecticut Energy Education

This activity includes an assessment, analysis, and action tool that can be used by classrooms to promote understanding of how the complex current issues of energy, pollution, supply and consumption are not just global but also local issues.

Activity is a semester-long activity which requires regular check-ins.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

About Teaching the Guiding Principle
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About Teaching the Guiding Principle
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Energy Literacy

Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
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5.1 Energy decisions are made at many levels.
Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.
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5.7 Social Factors.
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
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6.6 Behavior and design.
Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
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6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.

Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines

4. Personal and Civic Responsibility:D) Accepting personal responsibility
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D) Accepting personal responsibility.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.4 Environment and Society:A) Human/environment interactions
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A) Human/environment interactions.
3. Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues:3.1 Skills for Analyzing and Investigating Environmental Issues:C) Identifying and evaluation alternative solutions and courses of action
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C) Identifying and evaluation alternative solutions and courses of action.
3. Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues:3.2 Decision-Making and Citizenship Skills:B) Evaluating the need for citizen action
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B) Evaluating the need for citizen action.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Several sections of the activity could "stand alone" and be undertaken, rather than the entire project.
  • Before embarking on this activity, educators will need to determine whether the data required to complete the activity is available or if implementation is feasible.
  • Since 2006 when this was developed, many schools and districts have begun to measure and reduce their energy consumption, so some of the work may already be done and teachers can seek ways to "add value" to prior efforts rather than starting from scratch.

About the Science

  • This challenging activity is designed to help teachers and their students measure and reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of their school.
  • The activity is about making a school more environmentally friendly rather than truly "sustainable".
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • This is a good model for empowering students to make local changes that may affect how their school is run, the quality of life within the school, and even reduce the town’s spending.
  • A true "act locally" learning activity that engages students and adults both in school and in the community with issues of energy usage and conservation.
  • This is a long-term project - not a simple activity. A great deal of planning and prep work is required on the part of the teachers in order to make this work in a successful way.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Well-suited for a course with a flexible curriculum, as a independent study project, or a project for an environmental club etc.
  • A lot of time needs to be dedicated to this learning activity as presented and thus might not be practical to do in a science class with a rigid curriculum.

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