U. S. Government
Unit 8 – U.S. Domestic Policy
Climate Change Policy – Who Should Lead?
All levels of government are actively involved in many scientific and technological issues, such as climate change and man’s role in the condition of our environment. In this activity you will research climate change and view some federal, state, and local policies, as well as initiatives for private business. You then will be asked to decide who would be most effective in taking the lead in creating and implementing policies to reduce the human causes of climate change. Use the websites provided to answer the questions. Website are frequently updated, therefore you may need to use a seach engine such as Google to find some of the anwswers. Part I – Short Answer IN YOUR OWN WORDS
1. What is Climate Change? What indicators do we have that it is occurring? (2pts) http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/basics/
Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees and is predicted to raise another 2-11.5 degrees over the next one hundred years. Climate change is when the climate is changing as a whole regarding things such as earths tempature.
2. What is Climate Leaders? Who participates? What level of government (Federal, state, and/or local)? (2pts) http://www.greenandmore.com/environmental-information/greenhouse-gas-reduction.html Climate Leaders is an EPA partnership program with individual companies to develop long-term, comprehensive climate change strategies. This group which involves many companies and countries sets goals on how to reduce waste and create a better earth.
3. What is Waste Wise? Which level of government participates? (2pts)
WasteWise helps organizations and businesses apply sustainable materials management practices to reduce municipal and select industrial wastes
4. Briefly explain what the US Climate Change Technology Program is and what it aims to do. Who participates? (2pts) http://www.climatetechnology.gov/
A web-based, interactive database of United States that promotes use of better systems and ideas to help make the world a a cleaner and more energy efficient place for the future.
5. What is the US Policy on International Cooperation? (Click on “International Partnerships”. It’s on the left hand side of the page.) What level of government directs our participation in the program? (2pts) http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/EPAactivities.html EPA gathers various types of greenhouse gas emissions data, this data helps policy makers, businesses, and the Agency track greenhouse gas emissions trends and identify opportunities for reducing emissions and increasing efficiency.
6. In your words, explain two programs the state you chose is trying to implement to address climate change. (4pts) www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/state-examples/case-studies.html Administered by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), the Schools and Local Government Program provides services to help public school districts, colleges, universities, and nonprofit hospitals establish and maintain energy efficiency programs through school partnerships, energy management training workshops, and direct energy-related services. Since 1998, campus space at the University of Texas-Austin has increased by over 2 million square feet and energy demand has increased by more than 8 percent. However, due to the university's continual investment in combined heat and power (CHP), fuel consumption since that time has increased by only 4 percent.
7. In your words, explain two programs the city you chose is trying to implement to address climate change. Click on the state and it will show you a city in that state. (4pts) http://www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/local/local-examples/action-plans.html Austin Texas is doing a bunch of stuff to save energy and spend less money. A big way they have done this and shown this is by running the University of Texas without using a ton of energy. They are keeping prices fairly low...
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