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  • Daylighting Video - CLEAN Featured Video Daylighting Video - CLEAN

    SUMMARY Video length: 2:44 mins Selected for the CLEAN Collection This video introduces the concept of daylighting - the use of windows or skylights for natural... More »

  • Role Playing - NYC Case Study Featured Case Study Role Playing - NYC Case Study Role Playing - NYC Case Study

    SUMMARY Students will apply a role-playing activity to explore the challenges facing climate change planning in New York City.  Radley Horton, lead climate scientist... More »

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Syllabus: Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change Last Updated on 2014-07-10 13:15:48 This course features guest lectures from faculty across the university, sharing the approaches their disciplines bring to understanding the challenge of global climate change. The course considers the impacts of climate change and the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; considers cultural and social perspectives on climate change; and considers solutions proposed and created by policy makers, architects and managers. Students learn how to assess the climate impact of a business or institution and how to assess measures to reduce emissions. The course includes a field trip to visit sustainable rebuilding and clean energy projects in the New Orleans area. The course’s final essay assignment asks students to develop a prospectus for an honors thesis project relating to climate change. By providing a multidisciplinary overview and introducing students to work... More »
Video: Energy 101: Daylighting - DOE Last Updated on 2013-04-22 00:00:00 SUMMARY 3 minutes This video demonstrates "Daylighting" — the use of windows or skylights for natural lighting and temperature regulation—is one building strategy that can save money for homeowners and businesses. Highly efficient, strategically placed windows maximize the use of natural daylight in a building, lowering the need for artificial lighting without causing heating or cooling problems. ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS Watch >>  Energy 101: Daylighting TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE Below is the text version for the Energy 101: Daylighting video. The video opens with "Energy 101: Daylighting." This is followed by various shots of building interiors with many windows and large amounts of natural lighting. Okay, so we all know that windows can provide a great view, right? But if... More »
Video: Energy 101: Solar PV - DOE Last Updated on 2013-04-22 00:00:00 SUMMARY 2 minutes This video shows the basics of how a PV panel converts light radiated from the sun into usable power, whether on the electric grid or off—and without emissions or the use of fossil fuels. Enough energy from the sun hits the earth every hour to power the planet for a year—and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are a clean, cost-effective way to harness that power for homes and businesses. PV systems generate power without pollution as they convert the sun's energy into electricity, and recent advancements have greatly improved their efficiency and electrical output. ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS Watch >> Energy 101: Solar PV TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE Below is the text version for the Energy 101: Solar PV video. The video opens with "Energy 101: Solar PV." This is followed by a... More »
Video: Energy 101: Cool Roofs - DOE Last Updated on 2013-04-22 00:00:00 SUMMARY 2:17 minutes This video demonstrates how "cool roofs" can  reduce the "heat island" effect in cities and suburbs along with associated smog and carbon emissions. Also featured in this video are green roofs, which grow vegetation on top of a building to provide several benefits, including reduced energy use, reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and enhanced water quality. Traditional dark-colored roofing materials absorb a great deal of sunlight, which in turn transfers heat to a building. Cool roofs use light-colored, highly reflective materials to regulate building temperatures without increasing electricity demand, resulting in energy savings up to 10%–15%. ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS Watch >> Energy 101: Cool Roofs TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE Below is the text... More »
Khaki Goes Green - Earth: The Operators' Manual - CLEAN Last Updated on 2012-11-23 00:00:00 SUMMARY Video length: 4:32 min. Selected the CLEAN Collection. This video segment highlights how the U.S. military is the single largest user of energy in the nation, but it is also trying to reduce its carbon bootprint. Scenes taped at Fort Irwin and Camp Pendleton show the Army and Marines experimenting with wind and solar in order to reduce the number of fuel convoys that are vulnerable to attack. About the Science Video addresses the energy use of the military and introduces energy saving measures (biofuels, renewable energy sources) taken by the military. Positive messaging and lots of information packed into this short video. Passed initial science review - expert science review pending. About the Pedagogy Great images and well-chosen interviews and examples. Demonstrates how solar panels on tents,... More »