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An Introduction to Sustainable Energy
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The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This unit ... More

The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This unit provides an introductory overview of the present energy systems and takes a brief look at where the world may find energy in the future - cleaner use of fossil fuels or renewable energy sources? Less

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Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
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Liquid Assets: How is a Watershed Polluted?
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The urban and rural activities of our complex social system aimed toward ... More

The urban and rural activities of our complex social system aimed toward comfort and progress also have harmful side effects. This segment from a WPSU documentary Liquid Assets describes how the water resources of one city are suffering from these. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. Less

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WPSU
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Liquid Assets: What is a Watershed?
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A watershed and its features are very important parts of a regionŒë_í_Œ_ ... More

A watershed and its features are very important parts of a regionŒë_í_Œ_ water supply system. It can also be a powerful predictor of the quality of life in this region. This segment of a WPSU documentary Liquid Assets describes how a watershed is formed. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. Less

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WPSU
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Materials 1: An Introduction to Global Resources and Reserves
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This video examines the global perspective of materials. It looks that the ... More

This video examines the global perspective of materials. It looks that the difference between reserves and resources and considers the question of "running out" of materials.This video part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities. Less

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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Lecture Notes
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
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Materials 2: Life Cycle View of Material
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This video explains what is meant by a materials life cycle framework. ... More

This video explains what is meant by a materials life cycle framework. It describes what happens at each step in the life cycle and why designers should consider the life cycle in the design process. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities. Less

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
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Materials 3: Assessing and Reducing Life Cycle Impact
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This video examines the use of life cycle assessment methods as an ... More

This video examines the use of life cycle assessment methods as an aid to the design process. It introduces three methods: full life cycle assessment, streamlined life cycle assessment, and economic input-output life cycle assessment. The advantages and limits of each stated. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities. Less

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
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Materials 4: Design Strategies for Transformative Innovation
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What can we learn from nature's designs for sustainability? This video compares ... More

What can we learn from nature's designs for sustainability? This video compares nature's methods with the industrial era methods of design. It recommends a design strategy based on the connection or relationship between things as a means to achieve transformative innovation for sustainability. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities. Less

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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Cal Poly Materials Engineering
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Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
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NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users, Fall 2008
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"Can you make a cellphone change the world? NextLab is a hands-on ... More

"Can you make a cellphone change the world? NextLab is a hands-on year-long design course in which students research, develop and deploy mobile technologies for the next billion mobile users in developing countries. Guided by real-world needs as observed by local partners, students work in multidisciplinary teams on term-long projects, closely collaborating with NGOs and communities at the local level, field practitioners, and experts in relevant fields. Students are expected to leverage technical ingenuity in both mobile and internet technologies together with social insight in order to address social challenges in areas such as health, microfinance, entrepreneurship, education, and civic activism. Students with technically and socially viable prototypes may obtain funding for travel to their target communities, in order to obtain the first-hand feedback necessary to prepare their technologies for full fledged deployment into the real world (subject to guidelines and limitations)." Less

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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Clifford, Gari
Fletcher, Rich
Rotberg, Jhonatan
Sarmenta, Luis
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Oiligarchy
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Now you can be the protagonist of the petroleum era: explore and ... More

Now you can be the protagonist of the petroleum era: explore and drill around the world, corrupt politicians, stop alternative energies and increase the oil addiction. Be sure to have fun before the resources begin to deplete. Less

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Economics
Material Type:
Games
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Molleindustria
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Molleindustria
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Optimize! Cleaner Energy Options for Rural China
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Students work in engineering teams to optimize cleaner energy solutions for cooking ... More

Students work in engineering teams to optimize cleaner energy solutions for cooking and heating in rural China. They choose between various options for heating, cooking, hot water, and lights and other electricity, balancing between the cost and health effects of different energy choices. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail T. Watrous, Stephanie Rivale, Janet Yowell, Denise W. Carlson (This material developed in part during Watrous' China Fulbright fellowship in 2009-10. Sincere thanks to the U.S. State Department and the Fulbright Program for their support.)
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
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Planning for Sustainable Development, Spring 2006
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Explores policy and planning for sustainable development. Critically examines concept of sustainability ... More

Explores policy and planning for sustainable development. Critically examines concept of sustainability as a process of social, organizational, and political development drawing on cases from the US and Europe. Explores pathways to sustainability through debates on ecological modernization; sustainable technology development, international and intergenerational fairness, and democratic governance. Third subject in the Environmental Policy and Planning sequence. Less

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Architecture and Design
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Case Study
Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
David
Laws
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Population 1: Global Population and Carrying Capacity
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This video looks at the global population and trends. It also explains ... More

This video looks at the global population and trends. It also explains the concept of carrying capacity and how a person's behavior influences carrying capacity. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
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Population 2: The Ecological Footprint
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This video describes the ecological footprint and its limitation. It goes into ... More

This video describes the ecological footprint and its limitation. It goes into some depth on the computation on the footprint and what it means for the global population. This video is part of the Sustainability Learning Suites, made possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. See 'Learn more about this resource' for Learning Objectives and Activities. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Cal Poly Materials Engineering
Provider Set:
Sustainability Learning Suites
Author:
Linda Vanasupa
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Population and Development
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This module on population and development is part of the World Bank ... More

This module on population and development is part of the World Bank Group's educational site that addresses sustainable development in the world. An introduction, objectives, activities, and references are provided. Educators can use the activities to help students understand population growth rates. Less

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UNESCO
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United Nations
Author:
John Fien
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Potable Water Treatment
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Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must ... More

Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must it go through to become fit for human consumption? This unit will guide you through the continuous cycling of water between land, open water surfaces and the sea before moving on to an overview of the water treatment and supply process. Less

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Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
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Prototypes to Products, Fall 2005
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For students and teams who have started a sustainable-development project in D-Lab ... More

For students and teams who have started a sustainable-development project in D-Lab (SP.721, SP.722), the IDEAS Competition, Design for Demining (SP.786), Product Engineering Processes (2.009), or elsewhere, this class provides a setting to continue developing projects for field implementation. Topics covered include prototyping techniques, materials selection, design-for-manufacturing, field-testing, and project management. All classwork will directly relate to the students' projects, and the instructor will consult on the projects during weekly lab time. There are no exams. Teams are encouraged to enroll together. Less

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Manufacturing
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Activities and Labs
Full Course
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Heafitz, Andrew
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Reef Results, Problem-Solving, and Solutions
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As fish populations plummet, Peace Corps Volunteer Tommy Schultz works with Filipinos ... More

As fish populations plummet, Peace Corps Volunteer Tommy Schultz works with Filipinos to restore the sea life that the local people depend on for food. After watching the slide show, Protecting Philippine Reefs, students will recognize how intertwined human existence is with the health of ecosystems, identifying positive and negative impacts that people can have on their local environment. They will also practice reading fluency and new vocabulary in sentence construction and writing. Less

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Environmental Science
Language Education (ESL)
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Retrofitting Suburbia
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Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big ... More

Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 19-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level. Less

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TED-Ed
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TED-Ed
Author:
Dunham-Jones, Ellen
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Rural Energy in China: How Can Engineers Make a Difference?
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Students learn about five types of renewable energy that are part of ... More

Students learn about five types of renewable energy that are part of engineering solutions to help people in rural communities use less and cleaner energy for cooking and heating. Specifically, students learn about the pollution and health challenges facing families in rural China, and they are introduced to the concept of optimization. Through an energy game, students differentiate between renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
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Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail T. Watrous, Stephanie Rivale, Janet Yowell, Denise W. Carlson (This material developed in part during Watrous' China Fulbright fellowship in 2009-10. Sincere thanks to the U.S. State Department and the Fulbright Program for their support.)
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
TeachEngineering.org
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