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The Visitor Center at Zion Nation Park is located in a desert climate. It was designed to use 70% less energy than a typical building without costing more to build. Examine these reports on how this was accomplished. Consider the different methods used to conserve or efficiently use energy. Printer version

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Identify one method of conservation of energy that could be used in your home or school.

 

 

 

Extra Credit:
1. Use your research skills to identify a form of Alternative energy NOT mentioned in the Zion Center site.

Can it be employed in your community?

 

2. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has created a map that shows average solar radiation
per month over regions of the US. How much would your region receive?

 

How does this data impact the idea of adding solar energy to your home/office/school?

Extensions:

Watch the video about Raquel Redshirt and how she is solving a problem for her family using the sun.

Garrett Yazzie, 13, invents solar heater for his family's home

Do the - Energy Light bulbs compare/contrast Activity | Watch - One of the Alternative Energy videos

Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind - Siting a Wind Farm project

Explore other High Performance Buildings | Electricty from the East River - video New York Times

Green Energy online videos | The Big Energy Gamble - NOVA online videos

No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in ‘Passive Houses’ NYT 12/27/08 | Einstein's Letter

Learn more about energy issues by doing the Alternative Energy Sources Project - pbl

Mapping Renewable Energy, Rooftop by Rooftop - Time, 12/22/08

Possibilities of Solar Energy - video from New York Times | The Sun - renewable energy source activity

Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies | Energy Korner | Renewable Energy | How efficient are you?

States and Energy Initiatives video Governors Assoc. Conf. CSPAN | Energy Information Office Official Statistics of US Government

US Senate Hearing on Energy Security - multiple plans and issues discussed | Gassing Up With Garbage

Can We Run The World Off The Sun? NPR | Learn about clean coal technology

e2 icon series on PBS - Energy (Use the episodes drop down menu to see the videos) | Solve a Science Mystery - Select one

Alaska: The Senator and the Oil Man | Who killed the electric car? | Maine Solar House = already there

Energy Alternatives Exploration | Saving on Home Energy Use Activity

Energy Internet Activity | All about LED lighting | Smart Meter Plan to save on electricity

Internet Hunts / Nature / Computers / Puzzles & Projects / Pennsylvania Project / Problem Based Learning / Site map / Home

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Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology

4.2. Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources A. Explain that renewable and nonrenewable resources supply energy and materials. • Identify alternative sources of energy. • Identify and compare fuels used in industrial and agricultural societies. • Compare and contrast the cycles of various natural resources.

10. A. Analyze the use of renewable and nonrenewable resources. • Explain the effects on the environment and sustainability through the use of nonrenewable resources. • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of reusing our natural resources.

12. A. Analyze factors affecting the availability of renewable and nonrenewable resources. • Evaluate the use of natural resources and offer approaches for using them while diminishing waste.

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