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Creative Change Educational Solutions offers a high school curriculum about remediation of abandoned or contaminated urban sites.

Economics of Global Climate Change is an updated teaching module from the Global Development and Environment institute.

Teachable Moment has new document-based activities on economic anxiety, military spending, immigration, single payer health insurance and climate change.

 

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"Good Stuff? - A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy" A web-based guide to making environmentally less-harmful consumption choices, ending with a quiz, distributed by Worldwatch Institute. (Can also be downloaded as a pdf file with free registration.)

Population in Perspective from the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College is a high school-level curriculum resource that challenges students to think critically about national and international population, development, and environment issues. A 300 page guide offers readings, handouts, and creative teaching ideas on the impact of population on food, hunger, the environment, and poverty.

Redefining Progress has measured a Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) to include unmeasured costs, such as pollution, are greater than the unmeasured production, such as household work, so that the GPI is much lower than GDP and has not grown nearly as fast as GDP. The organization also offers an Ecological Footprint Quiz.

A group of researchers at Yale University has created an Environmental Sustainability Index that compares countries on the basis of their performance on various measures including air and water quality, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions. While much of the material at their website is too technical to use for teaching, using their summary of country scores and/or a “country profile” as a handout may help students understand how such alternative measures are created.

The Global Development and Environment Institute has a teaching module “Macroeconomic Measurement: Environmental and Social Dimensions,” that gives a useful summary of methods and controversies in GDP accounting, including summaries of the Genuine Progress Indicator, Human Development Index, and United Nations accounting projects. While designed for first-year college use, it could be used as background reading or for an AP course.

The United Nations Statistics Division has developed a set of standards for integrating national environmental accounting into a system of national accounts, and a number of countries have adopted its recommendations.

Economics of Global Climate Change This updated teaching module from the Global Development and Environment institute includes coverage of the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007 report and the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, as well as new text boxes on discounting, climate tipping points and surprises, and the European Union carbon trading system. Designed for use as a supplement in an undergraduate-level college courses, but usable in a suitable high school course, it can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat format at no charge.