​Sustainable Solutions Resources


  
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Alternative Fuel Sources
Driving Behaviors
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Land Use Planning
Long-term Change
Product Lifecycle
Public Transportation System
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Activities

Car Quest. Your Climate, Your Future by World Wildlife Federation. Grades 9-12. http://www.worldwildlife.org/climate/curriculum/WWFBinaryitem5970.pdf.
In this lesson, students assess the environmental impacts of a fleet of cars and then research and prepare a report about greener transportation choices.

Ride, Roll and Stroll by GreenLearning. Grades 4-7. http://www.greenlearning.ca/eneraction/teacher-materials. Students dream up creative ways to get to school, dance lessons, hockey practice or a friend’s place. After analyzing the pros and cons of their wild rides, students consider the more usual modes of transportation available to them and assess the environmental impacts of each. Empowered with new knowledge, students revise their initial designs and embellish them with selling points so that they can attract others to their mode of transportation via video, poster or audio advertisement.

Back to the Future by GreenLearning. Grades 4-7. http://www.greenlearning.ca/eneraction/teacher-materials. Students explore how the movement of goods has changed over time. They examine different means of transporting freight, which makes up 46% of transportation emissions in Canada. Students take on the task of historically sorting a set of Moving Goods Cards. In analyzing the cards, they also consider speed and pollution to weigh the sustainability of different modes of transportation. After working with the Moving Goods Cards, students also examine one of three case studies to identify transportation solutions and then create their own ideas for transporting goods. They reflect on options for the future and consider how decisions today impact the future.

Travel Solutions to Global Warming by the Northeastern Sustainable Energy Association. Grades 5-7. http://www.nesea.org/uploads/textWidget/890.00010/documents/Travel_Solutions.pdf. Teacher demonstrates a burning candle experiment with students posing hypotheses, to review the relationship of the carbon cycle, fossil fuels, and the atmospheric CO2 level. Students then graph the relative populations and production of CO2 by different countries and discuss the results. Students follow up by using a personal trip log to discover simple but powerful solutions.

Books/Reports

A Guide for Classroom Presenters on Earth-friendly Transportation by the Northeastern Sustainable Energy Association. (2001). http://www.nesea.org/uploads/textWidget/890.00010/documents/Presentations_on_Earth_Friendly_Transportaion_slight_update_from_2001.pdf. Use this 3-page guide to identify pertinent topics, find potential speakers and demonstrations, and help direct these presenters for a successful event. The guide contains two sections, the first on Speakers and the second on Technology Demonstrations.

Cross-Canada Survey on Jurisdictions’ Approaches and Activities in Sustainable Transportation by the Sustainable Transportation Task Force. (2009). http://www.comt.ca/english/crosscanada.pdf. This paper, prepared by the Sustainable Transportation Task Force (STTF), provides an overview of the range of approaches and activities/initiatives currently taking place in Canada, across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions.

General Web Resources

Travel Matters Individual Calculator. http://www.travelmatters.org/calculator/individual/. Measure how much greenhouse gas you generate as a result of your daily transportation activity. Simply enter the monthly distances you traveled by mode of transportation - on foot, by bicycle, car, bus, train, plane, or boat - and the calculator will do your "greenhouse gas accounting" for you.

EMBARQ: The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport. http://www.embarq.org/. The EMBARQ global network catalyzes environmentally and financially sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities. Since 2002, the network has grown to include five Centers for Sustainable Transport, located in Mexico, Brazil, India, Turkey and the Andean Region, that work together with local transport authorities to reduce pollution, improve public health, and create safe, accessible and attractive urban public spaces. EMBARQ’s site includes descriptions of how they have improved sustainable transportation in the cities in which they work.