This resource is a web interface that allows users to examine data pertaining to power plants within the United States. Information for each power plant can be seen by clicking on individual plants on the map, while additional layers (such as emissions) can be overlaid using the pull-down menu found in the upper right of the map. Additionally, power plants can be filtered for emission level, demographic information, etc. It takes a bit of time to get used to the interface, but once you figure it out it is a useful tool for learning about power plant emissions and the impact on local communities. Data sources can be found within the info menu in the upper right. This resource is recommended for teaching.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.1.6-8 Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
D2.Geo.1.9-12 Use geospatial and related technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
D2.Geo.3.9-12 Use geographic data to analyze variations in the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.