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1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth...
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and...
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy...
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable
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1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.
1.2 The energy of a system or object that results in its temperature is called...
1.3 Energy is neither created nor destroyed.
1.4 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from...
1.5 Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.
1.6 Chemical and nuclear reactions involve transfer and transformation of...
1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.
1.8 Power is a measure of energy transfer rate.
2.1 Earth constantly changes as energy flows through the system.
2.2 Sunlight, gravitational potential, decay of radioactive isotopes, and...
2.3 Earth’s weather and climate are mostly driven by energy from the Sun.
2.4 Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth...
2.5 Movement of matter between reservoirs is driven by Earth’s sources of...
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately...
3.1 The Sun is the major source of energy for organisms and the ecosystems of...
3.2 Food is a biofuel used by organisms to acquire energy for internal living...
3.3 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from...
3.4 Energy flows through food webs in one direction, from producers to...
3.5 Ecosystems are affected by changes in the availability of energy and...
3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through...
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful...
4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.
4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from...
4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.
4.5 Humans generate electricity in multiple ways.
4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different...
4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed,...
5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.
5.3 Energy decisions can be made using a systems-based approach.
5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.
5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.
5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.
6.1 Conservation of energy has two very different meanings.
6.2 One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
6.3 Human demand for energy is increasing.
6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.
6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by...
6.6 Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
6.7 Products and services carry with them embedded energy.
6.8 Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
7.1 Economic security is impacted by energy choices.
7.2 National security is impacted by energy choices.
7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
7.4 Increasing demand for and limited supplies of fossil fuels affects quality...
7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.
7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than...
8.1 Sources of cellulosic residuals used are found in forest operations and in...
8.2 Transportation and logistic considerations shape cost and feasibility within...
8.3 Pretreatment processess makes sugars more available.
8.4 The conversion processess includes adding specific enzymes to make simple...
8.5 Fermentation processess use specialized yeasts to create isobutanol.
8.6 Liquid fuel can be produced from wood feedstocks.
8.7 Co-products in biofuel production use lignin in many ways.
8.8 Life cycle analysis take account of ecological factors that are in steps...
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Department of Energy publication detailing the amount of energy used and produced in 2013 across all sectors.
Associated Grade Levels: 7-89-1011-12Public
The National Climate Assessment provides information for current climate issues in each region of the US and provides insight for future climate changes
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-1011-12Public
A Grist article describing the winners of OpenIDEO's Renewable Energy Challenge. Ideas include a tree shaped wind turbine and a solar collector that also cleans water.
NASA site explaining the different greenhouse gasses and their effects on our planet. The explain that the IPCC stated humans within the last 250 years have above a 90% chance of causing some of the climate change.
Associated Grade Levels: 9-1011-12Public
A TED-Ed video lesson about the different sources of energy and how using these different resources can impact our daily lives.
A TED-Ed video lesson covering what is happening with some of the coastal islands and the communities that live there.
Co-products of reducing the amount of CO2 include limiting the increase in the number of hot days, increasing health and providing better quality of living.
Teachers will find a progression of four lesson plans in this curriculum. These lessons focus on advanced biofuel projects from across the U.S. that are striving to meet goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability, while producing alternative fuels and co-products. These lessons are delivered with evidence based narrative material that will engage students in the stories surrounding these progressive biofuels projects.
There are two curricular threads that progress through the lessons. The first thread is the science content to build students’ knowledge of advanced biofuels. The second thread has students progress from deconstructing narrative material to constructing their own narrative in the final lesson.
Educational resources provided by Advanced Hardwoods Biofuels Northwest
This video resource highlights the role of algal fuel research that first started in the 1970s and algae biofuel. The technology manager at the U.S. Department of Energy, Joyce Yang discusses why algae biofuel is important to the DOE, private corporations and beneficial to U.S. citizens. She encourages further research and commends the research already being done at the College of William & Mary. Using algae has dual or triple benefits, delivering energy security and energy independence, as well as beneficial byproducts. She briefly discusses energy intensity-what it takes to convert algae into fuel and the goal of pairing up the best science with the best engineering.
Associated Grade Levels: 7-89-1011-12
This Capstone Project Proposal website contains several helpful algae biofuel graphics-one shows how biodiesel is produced from algae, a chart showing the oil yield in gallons per acre for many feedstock crops, and 2 excellent videos on algae being turned into biofuel. Algae has a much higher oil yield compared to other feedstock.
Associated Grade Levels: 11-12
A PBS website that offers an in-depth essential addition to America's energy debate. The videos are produced by Detroit Public Television and Scientific American.
The possibility to use this new system for water purification, which could provide clean water to those who are going without.
Watching the air currents of atmospheric rivers gives greater understanding of floods and drought relief to parts of California.
University of Wisconsin Madison Massive Open Online Course designed to highlight the impact of a changing climate while detailing how these effects are taking place and why.
NASA produced interactive models of sea ice in the Arctic, sea level rise, carbon emissions, and average global temperature. The Climate Time Machine allows for easy comparison dating back to some of the first satellite imagery.
Overview of the progress and goals for different teams within the NARA framework.
Associated Grade Levels: 11-12Public
The Alliance for Community Trees short about the positive impacts of trees in urban settings, along with some of the monetary benefits that trees bring.
Energy efficiency resources, including guides on heating and cooling, efficient lighting, window insulation, water conservation, solar energy, and more
A U.S. Energy Information Administration website covering renewable biomass topics at a level that kids can understand.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-6
This is a collaboration of the state energy office and UW-Extension. This site covers all realms of energy production and usage across the state of Wisconsin.
PBS compilation of energy resources including relevant videos, lesson plans, and grouped by grade level as well as educational standards.
Associated Grade Levels: 1-23-45-67-89-1011-12Public
Breakdown of costs involved with the implementation of clean energy on a per building scale.
Global Precipitation Measurement has compiled data from 12 satellites into a single seamless map which allows you to watch the precipitation across the globe. This data is updated every half an hour and is available at near real time for places without radar systems
Sourceable article which focuses on the ways communities have implemented green ideology and how they should continue this process.
Advances in technology allow us new opportunities to better ourselves and the planet. 3-D printing, driverless cars, and new glass are among the topics inside this article.
A comprehensive guide to energy literacy with lessons, assessments and student readings covering topics including the basics of energy through home energy usage and sustainable flight using biofuel from the Pacific Northwest, among others.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-8Public
NASA infographics and documentation of the levels of Carbon Dioxide, Global Temperature, Arctic Ice Minimum, Land Ice and many more.
Global Change is a research program that works to understand the impacts of climate change.
Ethanol Producer Magazine article detailing the abilities of the company Algenol, which produces ethanol and other coproducts by way of algae. The company uses algae to make up to 8,000 gallons of ethanol a year, compared to corn ethanol's 476 gallons.
Smarter technology is being researched for implementation on snow plows to use less salt when there is salt still remaining on the road.
Fact sheet, detailing the positive impacts that trees have in urban settings.
An environmental news and opinion nonprofit organization which compiles irreverant thought provoking articles dealing with the issues of Climate, Culture and Energy.
A short 8 question quiz that covers energy production and usage in the United States as well as some basic energy concepts.
NASA photo bank with descriptions of the comparison pictures showing changes from global warming to the effects of fire across the globe.
This research looks into the impact of biofuel productions systems on water quality and soil conservation.
Associated Grade Levels: 9-1011-12
Frequently asked questions dealing with geothermal heat pumps. Topics range from Cost, Environmental benefits, to Installation.
Comprehensive report on climate change covering topics such as; observed changes, future changes and risks, mitigation techniques, and sustainable development, along with many others.
A students guide to Global Climate Change. This EPA site helps kids explore and understand what is going on with climate change, what the impacts are, how to think like a scientist and how to be a part of the solution.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-10Public
NASA starts studying the effects of climate change and how they are related to the freeze thaw cycle for northern latitudes. The Arctic is warming at a more rapid rate which has implications for Carbon Dioxide balance and weather changes.
News and Information about Biofuels from National Geographic
40 different sites have been funded by the states Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to help promote clean air, clean water, energy savings and improve quality of living for New York residents.
News and Information about Biofuels from the New York Times
National Renewable Energy Laboratory surveyed 74 companies that reported they have commercial-scale biofuel production. This overview provides a link to the published survey results detailing the different types of biofuel and the capacity available.
Sourceable article reviewing some of the benefits of using porous concrete including strength and different pore size comparison
A compilation of short quizzes with answers and resources for more material. Quizzes include but not limited to Soil moisture, The ocean, Frozen poles, Precipitation and the water cycle, and How's your energy level?
Sourceable article detailing some of the innovative ways architects are trying to bring more food and urban greenery into the cities.
This lesson is a way for students to understand the cost and the benefits to switching their energy sources at their school to renewable energy. The students will be using special software for this lesson.
A video segment where ZOOM cast members estimate and then figure out how much water they use during a shower.
Associated Grade Levels: 3-45-67-89-1011-12Public
Students design and build a solar still to capture drinking water from the capillary water in the soil, and then modify their designs to be more efficient.
Associated Grade Levels: 5-67-89-1011-12
A Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network website which covers the importance of climate literacy and understanding what role the climate plays in our everyday life.
A Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network website which details energy literacy and how to best teach its concepts, this includes an energy quiz.
A study of three ice cores from Greenland documents the warming of the large ice sheet at the end of the last ice age – resolving a long-standing paradox over when that warming occurred.
A few years ago, Daniel Nocera pioneered an "artificial leaf" that—just like the real thing—uses only the sun and water to produce energy. Although Toyota and others companies are making cars built to run on hydrogen, emitting only water vapor, filling up is a problem: Most gas stations are set up to serve liquid fuel.
Outlines the goals and dimensions of sustainability through the eyes of the DoE by way of combining advanced analysis with applied research to understand and address the potential environmental impacts of bioenergy production.
A 4 minute video that describes why the climate is changing and the impact that the ocean has on absorption of heat.
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Youtube video describing the effects that humans are having on the water cycle across the globe. This video highlights the number of dams and the populations that are threatened by water security.
How using a water softener can save you time and money which will reduce your spending on electricity.
Decreasing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the governmental buildings includes using geothermal heat pumps. This method of using naturally occurring heating and cooling will help the U.S. government to reach it sustainability goals.
Info graphic describing environmental impacts of converting forest residuals into bio-jet fuel and other co-products.