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Yale Insights

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7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

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Science, Social Studies, Economics, Engineering

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 8 seconds
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut, Coastal

What Does It Take to Build a Zero-Emission Hotel?

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Synopsis
  • In this video and included transcript, Yale Alumni and president of Becker and Becker Associates Bruce Becker discusses the attributes of the Marcel Hotel that make it zero emissions and more economical.
  • Students will learn the financial benefits of using green energy in large scale buildings like hotels.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Bruce Becker speaks very thoughtfully about the subject of clean energy.
  • The video includes beautiful images of the unique building.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand carbon emissions from energy use and their contribution to global climate change.
  • Some students may need the terms zero-emissions, grid, asset, and others defined before watching the video.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can print the transcript for students who have auditory processing difficulties.
  • This finance-focused video can follow a lesson about the ecological benefits of reducing emissions.
  • Students can use Project Drawdown's Table of Solutions to research other innovations in the building sector.
Scientist Notes
The resource has no specific science to review but attempts to inspire people to transform their buildings into green, eco-friendly and zero-carbon structures. We recommend this resource for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
      • MS-ESS3-D. Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities. (MS-ESS3-5)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 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.
      • 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.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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