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Dane County Office of Energy and Climate change

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Artwork
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin

Dane County Climate Action Maps

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Synopsis
  • This article contains information about various maps illustrating climate change and climate action in Wisconsin, including maps that showcase climate action in Dane County, look at household emissions within the county, and some from the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) that reveal climate change trends and projections for Wisconsin.
  • Students will learn about the Climate Champions Map which displays group efforts to reduce emissions, the Clean Energy Map which shows clean energy projects led by businesses and local governments, and the Carbon Emissions Map which looks at average annual household carbon emissions.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The Carbon Emissions Map, developed by a UC-Berkeley consortium, is an excellent visualization for household emissions across the country.
  • The Clean Energy Map is easy to navigate.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Links to each map are included in the article.
  • The Carbon Emissions Map has a search bar for inputting zip codes.
  • The WICCI Maps link at the beginning of the page will not take you to the WICCI Maps Page.

Differentiation

  • Students can use the Climate Champions Map for a research project on successful climate action within the United States.
  • Students can use this article and the collection of maps as source material for a persuasive essay that argues in favor of expanding clean energy.
  • The Carbon Emissions Map can enhance a classroom activity where students set goals to reduce emissions in their households.
  • The Clean Energy Map can support a classroom discussion on the Wisconsin government's effectiveness at fighting climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource features several maps that show how climate change is affecting Wisconsin, and the actions that they are taking against it. All maps are well researched and cited. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CI.11–12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how they are developed and refined over the course of a text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex account or analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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