Through this project students learn how they can make a difference in reducing greenhouse gases. The objective is to have students explore (1) climate change, (2) the role of greenhouse gases in global warming, (3) the role of individuals, communities, cities and nations in greenhouse gases (GHG) contributions, and (4) how individuals can reduce GHGs. Participating students discover even small changes in the behavior of one household can make a difference.
The project calls for students to calculate their carbon footprint pre and post project participation to show evidence of mitigation efforts and footprint change in the areas of transportation, food, electrical, and heating/ air conditioning. Data collected will be uploaded to a dedicated website. Participating classrooms will be encouraged to present their results to other classrooms and schools. By targeting students, our team is informing the next generation of consumers (and their parents indirectly) on how their behavior impacts climate change.