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The year is 2050, the population of the Earth has surpassed the predicted 9 billion people. In 2013, when you were in middle school the population was estimated to have been just over 7 billion people. Since that time, the citizens of the world have made an effort to change their ways of living in effort to conserve the Earth's natural resources. Due to the limited space caused by this population increase, there has been a move to revitalize (fix) urban areas to allow more people to safely and comfortably live close together.

Many school districts across the United States have allowed students to live on campus in an effort to meet the increased demands for educating the growing population without increasing the population of smaller towns. The federal government requires that all new student housing must meet design and construction guidelines which help reduce energy use and the impact on the Earth's natural resources.

You have been hired within FerranteLin Science Incorporated by our department, EcoLogic Environmental Design, to design an affordable, sustainable dwelling that will serve as a model for people interested in living in communities that have a smaller impact on the Earth’s natural resources. Our SMART Homes utilize sustainable materials, alternative energy, and ecologically sound landscapes in the design and construction of the buildings and the surrounding environments.

You will soon revise your resume to apply for a specific position in our firm. Until then, you will complete a series of knowledge and skill building activities to gain prior knowledge related to the science of designing these sustainable dwellings.

As you move forward in your mission remember, "what you learn today will make all of the difference in how you live tomorrow". Good luck, the world is counting on you!

Task 1 - Brainstorming "Safe, Sustainable, Energy Efficient" Building Strategies

We will now meet in small groups to brainstorm about the possible techniques used by designers when planning, designing, and building safe, energy efficient, sustainable buildings.

Task 2 - What is Your Ecological Footprint

As humans, we all have a small impact on the planet. Visit earthday.org to calculate your footprint. After completing your footprint calculation, write a reflection in your journal section of your website. Be sure to mention the following:
  • What was your "footprint"?
  • What life choices contributed to your "footprint"?
  • How does your footprint compare to a few other people in the group?
  • What are some choices you can make to reduce your footprint?

Task 3

Visit the Building Green videos to learn a little more about the strategies and techniques used by designers when planning, designing, and building safe, energy efficient, sustainable buildings.