Your Family’s Carbon Footprint

Type of Resource



Students investigate how much greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane) their family releases into the atmosphere each year and relate it to climate change. To address this, students use the Environmental Protection Agency Personal Emissions Calculator to estimate their family's greenhouse gas emissions and to think about how their family could reduce those emissions.

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS3-4   Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

MS-ESS3-3   Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

Science and Engineering Practices