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How a Sticker Kept 3 Billion Tons of CO2 Out of the Air

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  • This engaging video outlines the history of energy efficiency improvements in household appliances since the 1980s and the benefits of Energy Guide and Energy Star stickers.
  • The video describes how government regulations have made appliances more efficient, limiting carbon emissions and saving consumers money on their energy bills.
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  • The video uses a variety of music, graphics, and text to engage students and ensure understanding.
  • The video demonstrates how regulations that encourage sustainable solutions can also be beneficial economically.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The students should have some prior knowledge on household energy usage and its impact on climate change.
  • There is an advertisement at the end of the video. Content concludes at 4 minutes, 38 seconds.


Scientist Notes
The resource spotlights how energy efficiency policies and regulations on electronic appliances have contributed to saving energy and reducing CO2 levels. The demand for these energy-saving products by consumers has also contributed to reducing carbon footprints from this sector. This is insightful for replications to other regions and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
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