Are you looking for a research project to do with your English or Science students? This is a great cross-curricular activity that the students find much more meaningful than the traditional research project.
This IS included in my Essay Writing Resource Bundle: Common Core Aligned.
They are required to ask questions (to real people, like their parents), write down the findings, plug them into a website, get their results, then write about their findings. All the questions are related to their energy usage and their results will determine their "carbon footprint." It really makes kids think about conserving energy & becoming more carbon neutral.
This handout has all the directions and handouts you may need. Can be done in conjunction to any videos, such as "An Inconvenient Truth" or "The 11th Hour." I use this in my English classes as a research paper project.