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How a Sticker Kept 3 Billion Tons of CO2 Out of the Air

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  • This engaging video outlines the history of energy efficiency improvements in household appliances since the 1980s and the benefits of Energy Guide and Energy Star stickers.
  • The video describes how government regulations have made appliances more efficient, limiting carbon emissions and saving consumers money on their energy bills.
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  • The video uses a variety of music, graphics, and text to engage students and ensure understanding.
  • The video demonstrates how regulations that encourage sustainable solutions can also be beneficial economically.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The students should have some prior knowledge on household energy usage and its impact on climate change.
  • There is an advertisement at the end of the video. Content concludes at 4 minutes, 38 seconds.


Scientist Notes
The resource spotlights how energy efficiency policies and regulations on electronic appliances have contributed to saving energy and reducing CO2 levels. The demand for these energy-saving products by consumers has also contributed to reducing carbon footprints from this sector. This is insightful for replications to other regions and recommended for teaching.

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

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
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