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Personal and Professional Ways to Combat Climate Change Kimberly Smith. Shift Happens. http://www.flixxy.com/technology-and-education-2008.htm Our world is becoming more and more interconnected Technology is changing how we live each day – we can hardly keep up
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Personal and Professional Ways to Combat Climate ChangeKimberly Smith
Shift Happens • http://www.flixxy.com/technology-and-education-2008.htm • Our world is becoming more and more interconnected • Technology is changing how we live each day – we can hardly keep up • The top jobs of 2020 do not exist now • We must think globally in terms of jobs, technology, security, the economy, and health of our planet.
Outline • Personal • How each of us can be green • Green recipes • Electricity saving tips • Hazardous waste • Professional • Teaching students about climate change • 5 minutes • 50 minutes
Earth if Antarctica Melts. Environmental refugees. Spread of diseases.
Top Ways to Combat Climate Change at the Personal Level. Save up to $540 per year and reduce your CO2 by 10,713 pounds per year !!!
Wash clothes in warm water or cold water, not hot. CO2 Reduction: 350 lbs per yearMoney Savings: $20 per year • Turn down your water heater thermostat: 120 oF is hot enough.Changing from 140 to 120 oF:CO2 Reduction: 200 lbs per year Money Savings: $10 per year
Use the energy-saving setting to dry the dishes. Don't use heat when drying. Only run a full load of dishes.CO2 Reduction: 100 lbs per yearMoney Savings: $5 per year • Don't overheat or overcool rooms. Adjust your thermostat (lower in winter, higher in summer). For each 2-degrees lowered: CO2 Reduction: 350 lbs per year Money Savings: $20 per year Don’t forget to change your filter often!
Buy energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. By replacing six incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights: CO2 Reduction: 500 lbs per yearMoney Savings: $30 per year • Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket. CO2 Reduction: 250 lbs per year Money Savings: $15 per year
Install low-flow showerheads to use less hot water. CO2 Reduction: 350 lbs per yearMoney Savings: $20 per year • Insulate your attic: this can save about 20% of home heating bills CO2 Reduction: 2000 lbs per year Money Savings: $125 per year
Plant trees next to your home.For each tree: CO2 Reduction: 13 lbs per year • When you buy a car, choose one that gets good gas mileage. For an increase from 20 mpg to 23 mpg in average fuel efficiency: CO2 Reduction: 3000 lbs per year Money Savings: $300 per year on gas
Reduce your trash generation: Buy minimally packaged goods; choose reusable products over disposable ones; donate items to charity, etc. By reducing household trash by 10%: CO2 Reduction: 1200 lbs per year • Recycle your potentially recyclable trash (paper, plastics and glass.) By recycling half of household trash: CO2 Reduction: 2400 lbs per year
Watch a Movie !!! • The 11th Hour • Inconvenient Truth • 6o Could Change the World • Too Hot Not To Handle • Climate of Change • Planet in Peril • Revolution Green
Join GCC’s Green Efforts www.gccaz.edu/greenefforts/ The crisis is real. What will YOU do?
What is YOUR Carbon Footprint? Visit carbonfootprint.com And Find Out!
What is the number one personal contributor to global warming? Eating Meat
Green Recipes • http://vegweb.com/ • http://www.fatfreevegan.com/ • http://www.veganchef.com/ • http://www.vegan-food.net/ • Eating less meat will probably lower your weight and cholesterol level.
Other Food Tips • Replace ground beef with fake crumbles from Morning Star or Boca • Replace chicken nuggets with Morning Star or Quorn chicken nuggets • Try Amy’s or Kashi frozen dinners • Try soy milk • Use soy, rice, or almond cheeses • Indian, Thai, Ethiopian food is often vegan
Electricity Saving Tips • Follow the “Peak time” plan and only do laundry, dishes, and shower during off-peak hours. • Cook with a crock pot or microwave instead of the oven in summer. • Unplug appliances, computer, lamps, etc. when not in use. • Buy Energy Star rated appliances with high efficiency. • Adjust thermostat – use a timer.
Electricity Saving Tips • Upgrading from a 9 to 12 SEER AC will reduce electricity by 25%. • Change your air filter. • Caulk and weather strip doors and windows. • Do a home energy audit. • Install super insulating windows. • Carpool. • Put a timer on your water heater. • Buy a solar powered water heater.
Phoenix http://phoenix.gov/GARBAGE/bopa.html • Will collect – have HHW events • Aerosol sprays, aftershave bottles, perfume • Antifreeze, oil, car fluids • Car batteries (5 per event) • Rechargeable batteries • Bug spray, cleaners, fuels, paint • Cell phones, copiers, computers, stereos, TV’s Proof of residency required
Tempehttp://www.tempe.gov/hhw/ • Similar to Phoenix • Will take AA, AAA, B, C, batteries • Will take compact fluorescent light bulbs • Drop off location every weekend • Proof of residency required
Glendalehttp://www.glendaleaz.com/sanitation/hazardousmaterials.cfmGlendalehttp://www.glendaleaz.com/sanitation/hazardousmaterials.cfm • To arrange a pickup of hazardous waste materials, residents can call the Sanitation Division at (623) 930-2660.
Peoria http://www.peoriaaz.gov/content2.asp?id=803 • Various collections days • call the Solid Waste Information Line at 623-773-7441 or the Solid Waste Division at 623-773-7431 • Residency required • Sustainability page http://www.peoriaaz.gov/content2.asp?ID=22880
Recycle CFL bulbs at Home Depot, Lowes or Ace Hardware. • Recycle tennis shoes http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/ • Recycle plastic bags at most grocery stores – of course take your own bags for shopping!!! • Use a steel water bottle and STOP buying bottled water. • Recycle rechargeable batteries at Staples, Home Depot, Sears.
http://www.azstrut.org/ • Students use recycled technology to learn • Donations are tax deductible • They take computers and other high tech stuff • West and East drop off locations
Glendale – Get Your Green On! • http://www.glendaleaz.com/green/index.cfm • http://www.glendaleaz.com/sanitation/recycling/index.cfm
Professional Ways to Combat Climate Change We owe it to our students to address climate change in our classrooms.
Climate Change is appropriate in any course. • Edit and share this show with them. • Download the 101 presentation. http://www.gccaz.edu/greenefforts/13354.htm • Have students watch movies for extra credit.
Watch online videos in class • Penguins http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/#22218570 • Coral http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/#22246460 • Help Coral http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/#22130079 • Vital signs of a warming world http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19463513/?open=antarctica • Polar Bear SOS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1cyUmx5htA&feature=related • Solar Panels http://www.americanpv.com/ASE_video.php • Environmental Tips http://www.earthday.net/resources/envtips/default.aspx • Blue Man Group http://www.blueman.com/earth/ • flash presentation http://www.globalgreen.org/flash/gwflash.html • How stuff works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqZMTY4V7Ts&feature=user
Psychology – fear and denial of climate change • Health – asthma and pollution • Communications – media and climate change • Business – green businesses • English – global warming and science fiction • Environmental studies – oil alternatives • Architecture – LEED buildings • Ag – end of factory farming? • Food science – buying local foods • Math – examining the tipping point
Economics – flood and drought consequences • Political Science – global warming refugees • Foreign Language – different nations, different approaches • Engineering – green designs • Debate – has nuclear power’s time come? • Science – ocean acidification, solar power • Business – sea level rise and insurance • Sociology – breaking oil/car addictions • Art – poster contest
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