Environmental Footprint

| July 20, 2015

Environmental Footprint Complete the first part of this lab at Footprint Calculator (accessible through the Labs section of Contemporary Environmental Issues). You will use the ecological footprint calculator to evaluate your environmental footprint. Then, complete the second part at Household Emissions Calculator (accessible through the Labs section of Contemporary Environmental Issues). You will use the EPA’s household emissions calculator to quantitatively identify three to five everyday products or practices that contribute most to your footprint and identify measurable solutions to each. That is, you will estimate savings of both carbon emissions and money that can be achieved via the solutions. In the study questions, reflect upon your results and relate them to themes covered in Contemporary Environmental Issues. In order to complete this lab, download the Environmental Footprint Instructions. Answer the Lab Questions at the end of the document. Save it as a Word document and submit it. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment. Write a paper on the sustainability of different foods eaten by humans and their impact on the environment. Which foods have the highest impact on the environment? Which foods have the smallest? Why? How should we, as individuals, make decisions based on this data? Should this information shape public policy? If so, how? The paper must be two pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least one recent scholarly source other than the textbook to support your points. Cite your source in text and on the reference page. Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

 

Footprint Calculator http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

 

 

EPA Household Emissions Calculator http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/ind-calculator.html

 

 

SCI207 Grading Rubric

Laboratory 2: Land Use in Pinchot (Alternative)

Instructions

Write a paper based on either the historical examination of the “Russian Thistle,” also known as tumble weeds, and their impact on the American West or based on the impact of the Coqui’s (a tree frog indigenous to Puerto Rico) on the tree frog population in Hawaii, to where they have been introduced over the last 30 years.

The paper must be two pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least one recent scholarly source other than the textbook to support your points. Cite your source in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Grading Criteria Land Use in Pinchot (Alternative)

5 points possible

Content Criteria Weight
The student writes a paper based on one of the following: 3.5
— Historical examination of the tumble weed and its impact on the American West
— The Coqui’s impact on tree frogs in Hawaii
Writing Skills
The paper includes an introduction paragraph which contains a thesis statement, well-developed paragraphs which fully-support the topic, and a concluding paragraph which restates the thesis. 0.25
The paper is grammatically correct with respect to correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. 0.25
Research Criteria
The student uses one scholarly source other than the text to support his or her points. 0.5
Style Criteria
The paper must be two double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved style guide and include a title page and reference page. Sources are properly cited in text and on the reference page. 0.5

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