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View Resource Energy Efficient Homes Lesson

This lesson plan introduces students to the concepts related to building an energy efficient home, including green building, conservation of energy and sustainable building methods. The main part of the lesson involves configuring an energy efficient model of a home; the experiment should take two or three 45 minute class periods. Detailed instructions and illustrations are included for the...

View Resource Sustainable Building Practices Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students learn the practical applications of sustainable building practices. Students will work in pairs to research a sustainable building method and develop a statement of support for the building practice. The class will work to compile the building methods that would be the most beneficial and cost effective. This document may be downloaded in PDF file format.

View Resource Consumer Product Disassembly Lesson

This document from Joe Orzali provides a classroom unit on consumer product disassembly. Students are asked to "critically analyze the life cycle of products," which will help them better understand larger related concepts like systems thinking, global climate change, ecological preservation and how what we buy and how items are produced impacts our environment. This document may be downloaded...

View Resource Connecting Students to Sustainability through Hands-on Learning in the High School Science Classroom

This paper from Joe Orzali examines the topic of introducing high school students to sustainability concepts through hands-on learning activities. The paper looks into the importance of teaching student sustainability, and includes a background of typical high school science curriculum and how it could be improved. Methods for incorporating sustainability into high school science classes are then...

View Resource Trash Stool Project

This document from Tami Katz provides an outline for a classroom unit on designing a stool using only disposable and recyclable materials. In the project, students will consider the question: "What is trash?" and the differences between disposable and recyclable materials. The activity is intended to be done in small groups; this unit was used in an interior design level 2/3 course. This...

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