SyracuseCoE in the Classroom
on Green Building
• Lesson Plans & More
• Books — SyracuseCoE Staff Picks
• Online Resources
Why Teach Green Building?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, buildings account for nearly 40% U.S. energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Green building integrates environmentally preferable practices into building design, construction, maintenance, and demolition. The widespread adoption of green building criteria, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, will greatly reduce the environmental impact associated with the consumption of water, energy, and raw materials from commercial and residential building sectors. In addition to protecting human health and our environment, green building will be an engine for economic growth and job creation long into the future.
Action Kits for Schools
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools: Action Kit — IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit shows schools how to carry out a practical plan to improve indoor air problems at little- or no-cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff. The Kit provides best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies, and a sample IAQ management plan. (US EPA)
Lesson Plans & Activities
Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven (Grades K-9) — Teach kids about solar energy by harnessing power from the sun to heat up a favorite treat! (US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
Analyzing Your School's Energy Consumption (Grades 9-12) — With this activity obtained from PBS, students can learn to define attributes of an energy efficient "green" school. Also, students will learn to identify areas of energy waste in their school by comparing their school to that of a LEED certified school, identifying areas that are within the school's capacity to change, and auditing the school's recycling program.
You in the Workforce: Making Your Green Job (Grades 9-12) — This EPA provided activity allows students the opportunities to be able to recognize and reflect upon the fact that all jobs can be “Green," to be able to identify green business practices, and to verbalize how they can bring value to their job and their employer through green business practices.
Alternative Energy Resources (Grades 10-12) — This activity is designed to introduce students to the resources that provide energy for society. Students will define renewable and non-renewable, and then debate the pros and cons of the energy resources in both categories. Students will work together in a group of four and present a summary to the class.
Elementary Energy Infobook (Grades 5-7) — Activities to reinforce general energy information, facts about energy sources, and electricity.
Online Videos & Flash
Geothermal Power (Grades 3-12) — In this video segment from Vegas PBS, visit a construction site where a geothermal heat pump system is being installed to provide a new building with an energy-efficient way to meet its heating and cooling needs.
Fun Tech & Science Projects (Varies) — From HowCast.com
Books - SyracuseCoE Staff Picks
• Civil Engineering and Architecture, 1st Edition — Written by SUNY Oswego professor Donna
Matteson, Civil Engineering and Architecture will help students "develop technological literacy
to appreciate, describe, and make informed decisions about our built environment." The
SyracuseCoE headquarters building and Executive Director Ed Bogucz are both featured.