Projects for 2010
Exercise 1: (grades 11 & 12 / undergrads)
Do a research and make a checklist of what you feel are the essentials needed to design an ideal home as eco-friendly as possible. and reduce the heating and cooling. Recommend how should people reuse and recycle their waste in this ideal home, in an effort to conserve precious natural resources. (Have you ever wondered why you do not feel the heat when you walk inside old monuments that is filled with people who visit these daily)
Research how different civilizations and societies built home and how its design suited the local climate and environment.
How were the houses cooled or heated? What materials were used to built these homes?
Research how strong these houses were compared with the life of current houses we live.
Do a research on the effects on the environment, by materials used currently in building homes and compare this with materials used by people in the past (Make a comparison for affluent residential houses in the past with modern homes).
Exercise 2: (grades 11 & 12)
Calculate the carbon footprint you generate based on your current eating habits and food intake. Compare this with the average intake of the people before the industrial revolution, and suggest ways of maintaining a healthy alternative with a localized production
Hint: Students will have to take into consideration the complete process and understand what it takes for preparing, preserving, packaging, transporting, (given our habit especially when we devour food in packages), precious resources consumed, waste and carbon emissions generated. Also take into account the wastage and unused resources associated with each and every aspect of this chain. E.g Biogas generated from human waste. Also understand what it takes, to take care of our calorie intake. We need about 1500-2000 calories/day.
Exercise 3: (grade 11 & 12)
Calculate the carbon footprint generated by the dairy industry in your country.
Hint: Students will have to take into consideration the complete process and understand what it takes for preparing, preserving, packaging and transporting milk, precious resources consumed, waste and carbon emissions generated. Also take into account the wastage and unused resources associated with each and every aspect of this chain. One cow gives __ litres/day. Eats __ lbs grass, drinks ____ litres of water, _____No. of cows to serve all of your country
E.g. An average dairy cow produces enough manure to help dairy farmers fertilize their fields naturally, recycle manure, such as turning it into power for their farms and their communities. It takes 1000 litres of water to get 1 litre of milk
The dairy industry accounts for less than 2 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions. (Ref: national dairy Council: >www.nationaldairycouncil.org)