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Title: Making Green Work 

Due Date: February 18, 2021 by 5 p.m. 

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Your Challenge:

When we think of climate change, we often imagine polar bears on melting ice or sea levels rising many decades from now, but climate change impacts people around the world right now! Pick a community or region of world and research how it is affected by climate change (flooding, drought, etc.). In what ways are people are adapting to the effects of climate change? What do mitigation efforts look like in the area you are researching? Your challenge is to create a presentation on a green career that can help that community or region of the world. The presentation should be in the form of a trifold or infographic about the job. Be sure to explain how that green career could either help those communities adapt to the effects of climate change or work to reverse climate change and revitalize our nature world, or both! Imagine that you are making this presentation for other high schoolers who may be interested in doing this job in the future. Include anything they might want to know about the green career, such as what the day-to-day tasks look like, type of schooling needed, and important skills for doing this job.

Phipps is hosting a virtual Green Careers Panel featuring 4 to 5 professionals in environmental and climate change-related careers. We strongly encourage teachers and students to attend this panel to learn about different career options and paths. Come prepared with a few questions for our panelists. The panel is on Wednesday, January 12th (middle school recommended) and Thursday, January 13th (high school recommended) from 9:30 to 11:00am. Schools can register through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU).

Entry Requirements:
Deliver to the science education coordinator at Phipps in person, via certified mail, or electronically via email if submitting a digital infographic only:

  • Challenge Entry Form
  • Include the school name and the participating students’ names.
  • Up to two trifold posters or infographics per school


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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • Grade Ten

    • 15.7.12.K Analyze how economic and environmental factors may conflict; explain how responsible behavior can help sustain natural and human communities at local, regional, national, and global levels.
    • 4.1.12.E Research solutions addressing human impacts on ecosystems over time.
    • 4.3.10.A Evaluate factors affecting the use of natural resources. Evaluate the effect of consumer demands on the use of natural resources. Analyze how technologies such as modern mining, harvesting, and transportation equipment affect the use of our natural resources. Describe how local and state agencies manage natural resources.
    • 4.3.12.B Analyze factors that influence the local, regional, national, and global availability of natural resources. Compare the use of natural resources in different countries. Analyze the social, economic, and political factors that affect the distribution of natural resources (e.g., wars, political systems, classism, racism).
    • 15.2.12.A  Analyze personal characteristics, talents, skills, abilities and career assessment results as related to career pathways, clusters, or occupations.
    • 15.2.12.C Analyze and compare global employment opportunities relative to career interests, including but not limited to, the country’s culture, legitimacy of a global business, prospective employers, and social network/virtual identity.
    • 13.1.11.B Analyze career options based on personal interests, abilities, aptitudes, achievements and goals.
    • 13.1.11.E Justify the selection of a career.
    • 15.2.12.E Compare and contrast career interests with post-secondary opportunities.
    • 15.2.12.K Apply networking skills as a resource for further career portfolio development and career opportunities.
    • 15.3.12.F Evaluate a speaker’s reasoning and intent; ask questions to deepen understanding.
    • 15.3.12.L Evaluate characteristics of positive role models and their contribution to the development of a professional image.
    • 15.3.12.I Synthesize information gathered from multiple sources (e.g., digital, print, face to face).
    • CC.3.5.9-10.A Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
    • CC.3.5.11-12.G Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
    • CC.3.5.11-12.B Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
    • CC.3.6.11-12.C Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    • CC.1.4.9-10.A Write informative/ explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately.
    • CC.1.4.9-10.F Demonstrate a grade-appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

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