Unit 6G – “Carbon Footprint Calculation”

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So what impact does your lifestyle have on the Earth? Unit 6G comprises four graphic panels and two interactive stations that enable visitors to calculate their “carbon footprints” and discover ways to decrease their environmental impact. The first panel poses the question, “How much ‘nature’ does it take to support your lifestyle?” drawing a direct connection between the action of the individual and the health of the environment.

Three subsequent panels offer the visitor specific strategies to reduce their ecological footprints at home, at work, and on the road. These measures include: washing clothes in cold water; buying recycled and eco-friendly office supplies; conducting an energy audit; using mass transit, car shares, and carpools; and purchasing a hybrid vehicle.

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The Carbon Footprint Calculator is a fun way for visitors to determine the ecological impact of their lifestyle choices. Two stations, each with a 32” touchscreen, ask simple questions regarding food, shelter, mobility, goods and services such as, “Do you live in an apartment or single family dwelling? How much of the food that you eat is locally grown?” The visitor can follow one of two paths—a faster survey with general questions or a survey with more detailed questions that provides a more accurate response.

Results indicate how many planet Earths would be needed to provide enough resources for everyone to live in the same manner as indicated by the answers selected. Visitors are given the opportunity to modify their answers and review strategies to reduce their footprint.

Target Audience

Best suited for intended audience:

  • School students in grades 6 through 12
  • General adult audience
  • Specialists in energy industry
  • Government dignitaries and representatives

Given the interactive nature of this unit and straight-forward messaging, it might appeal to a younger audience in grades 2 through 5.

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