“Motivation for academic rigor improves in relation to community relevance.”
BEST FOOTPRINT CALCULATORS
Invite students to sit down with their families and use each of these excellent calculators to assess their household water and carbon footprints. You can also facilitate these as a group walk through to get a simple class average. Either way, students can launch research inquiries and begin designing impact project possibilities around what calls them.
WATER FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR
Go to the Water Footprint Calculator and assess your own habits. Also see six engaging Lesson Plans, three for high school and three for middle school, that provide students with an in-depth understanding of key water issues. Students will be intrigued (and surprised) by the information provided at the interactive Product Gallery. They can compare how much water is used to grow, process, clean, and distribute a variety of everyday products like coffee, beef, chicken, cheese, bread, chocolate, and cotton.
CARBON FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR
Go to the Carbon Footprint Calculator and assess your habits. The TAKE ACTION button provides drop down menus for a range of the data-driven actions you can take related three categories: Transportation, Housing, and Shopping.
IMPACT PROJECT IDEAS
We have compiled a helpful list of project ideas, questions, and phenomena with an emphasis on local actions. Download the Project Idea Lists.
As actions develop, you can post reports on the map.
If you have students who are especially proud of their project, we invite them to submit their work to our Annual Top Ten Impact Projects. We will review projects and post the best each year.
EVALUATING IMPACT PROJECTS
Working with our team of Teacher Fellows, we’ve developed some tools for supporting students in developing rigorous and measurable impact projects.
GUIDELINES FOR DESIGNING AN IMPACT PROJECT
This one-page guide lays out clear criteria and sequential elements for a successful (and thorough) impact project design. | download
SAMPLE TOOL FOR EVALUATING IMPACT PROJECTS
This one-page evaluation tool, which tracks with the guidelines above, empowers students to be in conversation with peers and teachers about where they are in their project workflow, what has been completed, what’s missing, and quick check boxes for what's needed. | download
You can trust students to zero in on the right research topics to inspire sustainable systems thinking and problem-solving by having them explore our Living Library.
Our professionally produced Sustainability TALKS, presented by both adult and student expert speakers, inspire classroom inquiry and inform impact project design. We also feature a range of ready-to-use note taking tools.
Our ever-expanding collection of high resolution maps are designed to support geographic literacy in the classroom and to pinpoint community needs for problem solving. Our maps feature district and school neighborhood scales for each of our partner schools. GIS layers include topographical, contour, water bodies, impervious surfaces, and shaded hill relief.
Students can interact online with more GIS layers as well as post impact projects using our community impact mapping website at mywater.world.