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Database Provider

Author

State of Connecticut

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut

Greener Gov CT Reporting Dashboard

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Synopsis
  • This interactive database summarizes the utility use and associated costs for Connecticut's executive branch agencies by fiscal year.
  • Each agency has a data table, a line graph depicting year-to-year change, a pie chart of the cost breakdown, and a pie chart of the resulting emissions by commodity.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The resource presents the data in graphs and charts for easy comparison.
  • This data transparency allows students to hold their government accountable for sustainability goals.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the sources of greenhouse gas emissions and understand how utilities cause emissions.
  • Students should know how to read graphs and charts.

Differentiation

  • In social studies and civics classes, students can assess the progress made toward the state's sustainability goals, which are linked.
  • Earth science classes can focus on the emissions breakdown and explore how these agencies can further reduce emissions.
  • Students can identify areas for improvement in emissions or cost reduction, brainstorm possible solutions, and write a letter to the government encouraging these changes.
  • Math students can analyze the data and answer questions comparing the datasets.
Scientist Notes
This resource from GreenerGov CT is a comprehensive overview of utility use and expenditure data for Executive Branch agencies participating in the GreenerGov CT initiative, and it highlights voluntary sustainability efforts from external entities. The resource presents utility use and expenditure data for participating agencies from fiscal years 2019 to 2023, sourced from the state's utility tracking system, EnergyCAP, and Core-CT, the state's financial system. The data is also available in the dataset "Utility Use and Cost Data for Executive Branch Agencies" and may be incomplete, subject to updates, and potentially divergent from agency Sustainability Performance Plans due to data adjustments in EnergyCAP. The datasets are from reliable resources, and any estimated data is established from reasonable assumptions. This data would be a relevant addition to a classroom discussion about data analytics or the consumption of government agencies.
Standards

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  • Mathematics
    • Statistics & Probability: Interpreting Categorical & Quantitative Data (9-12)
      • HSS.ID.B.5 Summarize categorical data for two categories in two-way frequency tables. Interpret relative frequencies in the context of the data (including joint, marginal, and conditional relative frequencies). Recognize possible associations and trends in the data.
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • HSS.IC.B.6(+) Evaluate reports based on data (e.g., interrogate study design, data sources, randomization, the way the data are analyzed and displayed, inferences drawn and methods used; identify and explain misleading uses of data; recognize when arguments based on data are flawed).
  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a: Evaluate the impact of individual, business, and government decisions and actions on the environment and climate change and assess the efficacy of government policies and agencies in New Jersey and the United States in addressing these decisions.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
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