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Buy, Use, Toss?: A Closer Look at the Things We Buy
Grade Level: High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy is an interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons. This unit is correlated with national science and social studies standards and will lead your students through an exploration of the system...
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Buyer's Choice
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used in social science and math. Students will assess the factors that affect purchases and recognize that a number of economic factors affect consumer choices and that some factors are enviornmental in nature...
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Case of the Broken Loop
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing.
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Case of the Broken Loop (Spanish)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: This mystery (detective) activity from US EPA helps guide learners to recognize ways to reduce waste and conserve resources. Life cycles are introduced and the Garbage Gremlin breaks the loop by tossing out trash instead or recycling or reusing. This 12 page...
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Consume This, Buying That Matters
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Sustainable consumption means that we can continue to use or consume goods and services over time, without depleting the natural resources needed to produce these things. It is about making smart choices that meet consumer needs in less material and pollution...
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Cost Estimating, Estimating Software
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Web site
Summary: This company provides cost management, project control services and software for capital projects of all types to owners, designers and contractors.
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Cost of Cool Video, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Cost of Cool is a video that addresses teen consumer habits and environmental costs. This video explores everyday items and tracks the effect of their purchase through the life cycle of the product. The video is priced at $95 (July 2004).

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Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: NonFiction

Authors, William McDonough and Michael Braungart

ISBN 0865475873 April 22, 2002

These authors examine the way things are produced and recycled and how humans consume. They want to eliminate waste altogether yet preserve...

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Geoexchange Design Tool Software
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: Database - Web site
Summary: Lists of software for analyzing life cycles costs with their links and reviews are provided.
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Giving Tree, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Fiction

Author, Shel Silverstein

ISBN 0060256656

The Giving Tree is a classic that can be used to address many concerns. Consider using it for product life cycle analysis, recycling, paper and renewable natural resources.

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Good Stuff: A behind the Scenes Look at the Things We Buy
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: Categories include appliances, cars, fast food, healthy care, meat (might not want to look at this), soap and more. PDFs are provided along with valuable background information.
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Green Solvents for Chemistry
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-fiction,

AuthorsNelson, William M

ISBN019515736-2

This is an introduction and reference book to Green Chemistry designed for both the university level instructor or industry. Chapters include philosophy of green chemistry, chemic...

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Greening School Lesson Plan Format (PDF)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Lesson plans are beginning to appear in the Greening School's Resource list for teachers. Formal lessons will use this format. If you have lessons to submit that meet the greening principles, if they address chemistry, biology, geology, other sciences or art...
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Life Cycle Cost Estimating for School Facilities
Grade Level: Post-Secondary
Type: List - Web site
Summary: Product information, resources, and ordering instructions/costs are provided for these publications. The list has been compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
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Life Cycle of a CD or DVD
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: View the life cycle of a CD or DVD -- from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Discover some crafts and other ways to reuse CDs and DVDs....
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Life Cycle of a Cell Phone, The
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Materials - Language Options
Summary: View the life cycle of a cell phone -- from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. Learn what life cycle management is and why it is important. Find suggestions of ways to reuse or recycle your phone an...
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Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet
Summary: Life Cycle Analysis of the products will consumers understand the impact of the product and their purchases on the environment, not only as it is manufactured, but as it is used and ultimately disposed of. As with any product, making a soccer ball uses natura...
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Life Cycle of Everyday Stuff (The)
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, classroom activities

AuthorsMike Reeske, Shirley Ireton

ISBN0873551877

Seven units allow teachers opportunities to creatively transform common items such as aphone, into a study of energy flow and scarce resources. Stude...

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Lifecycle Summary of Biodiesel
Grade Level: High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet
Summary: The lifecycle summary of biodeiesel, comparative findings for a comprehensive "cradle to grave" inventory of materials used.
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Make a Difference in Your School
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Checklist - Classroom Materials - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This is a 34-page PDF, a how-to guide for engaging students in resource conservation and waste reduction. This guide was developed to provide advice, ideas, and inspiration to teachers, school administrators and others for planning a hands-on environmental day...
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Needs and Wants (Grades K-3)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades K-3 and can be used in Social Science and English. Students will be able to discriminate between wants and needs, quantiy and quality, necessities and luxuries; evaluate their own motives for buying things; think about the l...
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Product Life Cycle Analysis
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: Using a tennis shoe, students will have an opportunity to become aware that the products they buy have an impact on the environment beyond that of the disposal of the waste.
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Stuff Curriculum and Resource Guide
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: This curriculum packaged complements the book Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things. As an approach to science, social studies and environmental education, this material has a simple premise, that young people are curious about their world. Stuff...
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Stuff The Secret Lives of Everyday Things
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning

ISBN 1-886093-04-0

This 86-page book servers as an introduction to stuff in our everyday lives. Descriptions of how items are made will help us think about the consequences of consu...

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The Story of Stuff: How our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: NonFiction

Authors, Annie Leonard

ISBN 978143912566-3 March 2010

Author Annie Leonard presents a startling clear message, that we have too much Stuff, and too much of it is toxic. She outlines five stages of our consumption-driven e...

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Think Twice
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Think Twice is a video that was created with an actual high school classroom that questions cunsumption habits of high school students. It follows two teens through a typical day. The video cost (July 2004) is $59.95.

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True Green@ Work
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study
Summary: Author: Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, pages: 144, ISBN 9780733321887 Whether you work in an office, shop or factory, run your own business or manage a corporation ... taking care of the environment is easier than you think. See also: http://www.epinions.com/con...
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