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Carbon Footprint

The total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that is generated by our actions

Climate Change

A change in global or regional climate patterns, particularly a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels

Renewable Energy

Energy from a source that is not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power


Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

Green Technology (Greentech)

New technologies and techniques that aim to mitigate or reverse the effects of human activity on the environment

Carbon Neutral

Achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by balancing emitted carbon with carbon removal or simply eliminating carbon emissions altogether

Ecosystem Services

The benefits humans freely gain from the natural environment and from properly-functioning ecosystems


A fuel derived directly from living matter, such as crops or animal waste, as opposed to fossil fuels derived from long-dead biological material


Reducing or eliminating the carbon dioxide output of a country's economy, by reducing emissions and implementing sustainable practices

Greenhouse Gases

Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases

Circular Economy

An economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources, emphasizing reuse, repair, refurbishment, and recycling


The variety and variability of life on Earth, crucial for ecosystem resilience and adaptability

Climate Adaptation

Adjustments in human or natural systems in response to actual or expected climate stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities

Climate Mitigation

Actions to limit the magnitude and/or rate of long-term climate change, including strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon sinks

Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs)

Vehicles that emit no exhaust gas from the onboard source of power, such as electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

A collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030, which are aimed at protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all

Carbon Sequestration

The process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. It is one method of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change

 Environmental Justice

The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies


(Funding, Legislation, and more)

  • Climate and Equitable Jobs Act

  • Illinois Climate Bank


Have you ever seen solar panels? Where?
What do you think "renewable energy" means?
Why do you think using the sun's energy is good for the planet?
How do you think changing the way we use energy can help the planet?
Do you think it's important for schools and communities to use clean energy? Why?
If you could help the Earth by using energy from the sun or wind, would you be interested?
Would you like to learn more about how you can help use clean energy?
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