GBC Unit 5 - Materials and Resources

Students learn about the solid waste stream, including its major sources and disposal methods. They explore how the four Rs (rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle) can help achieve a more sustainable society, including the practices for managing materials and resources in buildings from design to retrofit. The hands-on audit gives students the tools to assess the school’s solid waste stream by auditing their own personal trash generation. They also examine the impact of building materials choices by auditing the resources used to maintain the materials in their building and discussing the economic, environmental, and health impacts.