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Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

Suzanne Savanick, Macalester College

Students conduct a greenhouse gas emission inventory for their college or university as a required part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

This is a long-term project (12 to 14 weeks).

Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Requires a lot of instructor input and organization.
  • Schools should look to see if this has to be done at their campus, according to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

About the Science

  • Rigorous data-collection project for students.
  • Connects individual campus energy use to the larger issue of greenhouse gases.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • A truly investigative activity.
  • Excellent rubrics to assess student work are supplied.
  • Between the detailed calculator worksheets, website, and the SERC activity page, there are lots of materials for instructors to use.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Very little scaffolding for students and almost no background materials for instructors for calculator.
  • Download Campus Carbon Calculator beforehand-requires personal information.
  • Would be nice to have more than one tool for doing the calculations, however this tool is updated and presumably will continue to be updated.

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