GBC Unit 2 - Energy and the Built Environment

Students examine how our energy sources are captured, transported, and converted for use as fuel. Students learn how patterns of energy use have changed over time, why our current level of consumption is unsustainable, and about the choices individuals can make to reduce their own personal energy use. The hands-on audit invites students to assess their school’s energy use and consumption by examining the HVAC system, lighting, office equipment, and other energy-consuming systems and devices. Students study their school’s energy bills, interview facilities staff, and discuss current energy management policies.