Part of North America's Largest High School Environment Competition

Sustainable & Renewable Energy

Generalized Framework

  • Compare and contrast traditional and emerging energy production resources and applications, focusing upon environmental impacts of:
    • Solar
    • Wind
    • Coal
    • Hydropower
    • Geothermal
    • Fossil fuels (vehicles).
  • Environmental impacts should include resource consumption, by-products (emissions, waste), ecological impacts. [NOTE: there are additional areas which may be tested at the national competition. For the purposes of the 2007 Arizona Envirothon, please focus your efforts on these six energy sources.]
  • Relate energy systems to corresponding natural resources in Arizona.
  • Describe the interactions among society, technology, and use of energy sources, relative to:
    • infrastructure
    • environmental justice
    • conservation practices
    • energy policy decision makers
    • design of energy distribution systems.
  • Energy issues related to other Envirothon study areas
  • Soils: Identify and examine impacts of various energy sources upon agricultural land, forested land, erosion control.
  • Aquatics: Identify and examine impacts of various energy sources upon fish habitat and reproduction, changes in flow rates and water levels, biodiversity, groundwater/aquifers.
  • Forestry: Identify and examine impacts of various energy sources upon biofuels, species diversity (plant and animal), pests and pesticides, contemporary forest management practices
  • Wildlife: Identify and examine impacts of various energy sources upon migratory bird flyways, bats, habitat loss/degradation.
  • Waste management: Identify and examine impacts of various energy sources upon historical and contemporary landfills, depots, and other waste repositories.

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