Environmental Science Project: Create an Eco-Friendly Home

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In this easy to implement project, your Environmental Science students get a chance to apply their knowledge and demonstrate their learning. Students will create their own eco-friendly home, as they choose a location for the home, research climate data, decide on the size of the house, and then determine how they will meet their needs (heat, cooling, electricity, water, waste removal). This project has accompanying checkpoints and data collection sheets, so it would easily be broken up to use a part of it only, or different parts throughout the unit.

You can, of course, restrict their choices or limit some parts to change the scope of this project. Students can work on the project at home (independently), in class, or pieces of both. As a great extension, students can create a model/drawing/diorama of their home, or create a presentation to share with the class. Students have a lot of choices, and really enjoy this project, which is easily adapted to fit your needs.

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NGSSHS-ESS3-4
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. Examples of data on the impacts of human activities could include the quantities and types of pollutants released, changes to biomass and species diversity, or areal changes in land surface use (such as for urban development, agriculture and livestock, or surface mining). Examples for limiting future impacts could range from local efforts (such as reducing, reusing, and recycling resources) to large-scale geoengineering design solutions (such as altering global temperatures by making large changes to the atmosphere or ocean).
NGSSHS-ESS3-2
Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios. Emphasis is on the conservation, recycling, and reuse of resources (such as minerals and metals) where possible, and on minimizing impacts where it is not. Examples include developing best practices for agricultural soil use, mining (for coal, tar sands, and oil shales), and pumping (for petroleum and natural gas). Science knowledge indicates what can happen in natural systemsβ€”not what should happen.
NGSSHS-ETS1-3
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
NGSSHS-ETS1-2
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.

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