Footprint Renovations

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by ninja

Download the Video Teaching Guide PDF/Word MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO:  Carbon footprint of a home DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Frame: What is a carbon footprint? What does this have to do with climate change? What activities that you do contribute to your carbon footprint? Focus: What actions did the Green Ninja take to reduce the size of the man’s…

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Footprint Renovation

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by ninja

While a man sleeps, his feet grow to a gigantic size due to the large carbon footprint of his home. Fortunately, a visit by the Green Ninja ultimately reduces the size of the man’s feet! Let’s look at what the Green Ninja does after entering the home. Lighting : He replaces an incandescent bulb with a…

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Going Green with Your Allowance

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

Green Allowance is a site that offers both kids and parents financial incentives to go green. After agreeing to sponsor, you complete a simple sign-up process (you can either allow your child to sign up alone or be included on the account) and they are presented with a garden. The trees in this garden represent energy-saving activities,…

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Thinking Critically About Consumption

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

The primary challenge to reducing our footprint is a lack of awareness of our personal environmental impacts. Most Americans have a high awareness of environmental issues like climate change, but the environment remains a low personal concern. Because of our complex consumer society, the process by which raw materials are manufactured into consumer products is…

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Ozone and Climate

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Eugene Cordero

This presentation by Professor Eugene Cordero explains the role of ozone in global climate change. Ozone and Climate (Preview | PDF Download) Additional Resources: Resources: EPA –  Ozone Good up High Bad Nearby Summary: Why and how Air Pollution effects climate change. Link: Pollution Basics Resources: NASA: Summary: A definition of the ozone hole. Link: Ozone Hole Resources: NASA: What is the Ozone Hole?…

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College Confrontation

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by ninja

When two college guys return to their place with take-out food and groceries, the Green Ninja is woken from his silent meditation to straighten things out. Burrito: Different meats have different carbon footprints, beef has a significantly higher carbon footprint than other meats. Fresh fruits and veggies are important not only for our diet but also…

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College Confrontation

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by ninja

Download the Video Teaching Guide PDF/Word MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO:  Making better choices in how we live and what we eat. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Frame: What are some of the ways we use energy in our daily lives? What are some of the ways we could save energy in our daily lives? Do you think that what we eat or buy can…

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Response to Senator Coburn’s Wastebook 2013

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by Eugene Cordero

Wastebook 2013 includes the Green Ninja as described in: 32.  NASA’s Little Green Man – (NASA) $390,000 In 2011, a NASA grant for $385,982 was awarded to San Jose State University (SJSU) for the project Improving 6th Grade Climate Literacy using New Media and Teacher Professional Development.  Approximately 10% of this funding was used in…

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Students Press Schools to Dump Fossil Fuel Stocks

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

A movement to force colleges and universities to end financial investments in oil and gas companies is sweeping the nation.  In the 1980s, to protest Apartheid, students pushed their schools to sell stocks in companies that did business in South Africa.  In the 1990s, campus groups called for universities to divest from tobacco.  Now, in…

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8000 miles on solar: $0 fuel, 0 emissions

Posted on: December 14th, 2013 by Anne Marie Todd No Comments

Reflections from one member of the Green Ninja Team on her family’s transportation decisions: We own a Nissan Leaf all electric vehicle (EV), which can go 100 miles on a single charge.  Many years ago, we had sized our home solar panels to be able to charge an electric car.  We waited four years for…

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