Why reinvent the wheel? This section includes links to existing
pollution prevention (P2) educational materials -- to online curricula and activities
developed by experts to promote P2 themes in classrooms, youth groups, and individual
studies. These innately multidisciplinary resources are categorized by:
P2 subject area (Search for links related to a particular subject
area using specific keywords listed below); and
Age appropriateness - lower elementary, upper elementary, and
They are also designated as being either:
Curricula - modules, teaching plans and programs; cohesive packages;
Activity - single, standalone activities ready to incorporate into
existing lesson plans or to fill a time slot
To search for materials you must type in (or cut and paste) a subject
area from the list below, into the "Search" box at the top
left of this page.
The links for this section contain activities and curricula
for each of the Subject Areas described below.
Agriculture is a multidimensional industry with many
P2 opportunities including organic and precision farming, composting, and
alternative "crops" like wind farming. Issues can range from manure
disposal, to noxious weeds, to use of pesticides and fertilizers, to vehicle
selection and maintenance, to tilling methods. Information resources for
agriculture address the question of how to produce the highest quality produce
and livestock with the least negative impact on soil, air, and water quality.
Smog, acid rain, global warming, radon, molds, household
chemicals, allergies, and asthma are all issues relating to air quality.
Air quality resources address how both indoor and outdoor air quality impact
lives and the environment. The resources also offer facts, alternatives,
and solutions to air pollution issues.
Dependence on foreign oil and air pollution
are both minimized when automobile usage is decreased. Fewer new power generation
plants are needed when electricity consumption is reduced. Energy conservation
is one of the most basic and easy to implement pollution prevention strategies.
Energy links teach how types of energy and their expended amounts cause
pollution. Also offered are energy conservation options.
The United States produces
up to one third of worldwide waste, with waste growing faster than the population!
The most cost-effective, environmentally sound, and socially responsible
way to deal with waste is to prevent it in the first place. These links
promote waste management at individual and community levels through the
"three Rs'," where reduction, reuse, and recycling/composting
are first options and proper disposal is a last resort.
Industry and Trade
Along with the need for environmental
literacy, pollution prevention, and sustainable lifestyles, job options
in these areas are expanding. These links describe modern careers in fields
that help prevent pollution as well as describe how these fields are changing.
Pollution prevention begins with
what we buy. If enough people consistently buy products with less packaging,
more manufacturers will reduce packaging--resulting in reduced waste. Environmentally
preferable purchasing (EPP) is choosing "...products or services that
have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when
compared with competing products or services..."
Source: About Environmentally Preferred Purchasing, EPA.
These resources teach how to become an environmentally aware shopper.
The transportation infrastructure (including trucking,
shipping, railroads, airways, and pipelines) is linked to all aspects of
modern life, but is not currently sustainable. It uses more energy, land,
and raw material resources and produces more waste than our world can continue
to produce or absorb. Information resources about transportation teach the
effects of transportation choices, including the types of pollution they
Water is life. It covers 3/4 of the earth and makes
up 2/3 of our own bodies. It is integral in the creation of weather and
the cleansing of air, land, and plant and animal systems. Still, less than
one percent of this key resource is usable fresh water. These links "facilitate
and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water
resources" Source: Project WET.