Households and the Environment Survey – Secondary level teacher’s kit

Theme 1: eWaste and Environmental Trends

Information from Statistics Canada’s 2011 Households and the Environment Survey revealed that disposal of electronic devices that have reached the end of their useful lives is a significant issue for Canadians. Some of these items contain materials that are harmful if put in a landfill; these items are considered household hazardous waste.

In this theme, students will explore the impact that unwanted electronic products, or eWaste, have on the environment. They will use Statistics Canada’s 2011 Households and the Environment Survey to investigate eWaste in Canadian households.  Students will also analyse data to identify trends related to eWaste, survey their peers, compare survey results to the national and provincial averages, and investigate the environmental impact of the hazardous materials found in electronics waste.

Theme 2: Household Energy Use

Information from Statistics Canada’s 2011 Households and the Environment Survey revealed that home energy consumption and conservation is a significant issue for Canadians.  

In this theme, students will explore different methods of home energy conservation.  They will use Statistics Canada’s 2011 Households and the Environment Survey and other Statistics Canada surveys to investigate household energy expenditures, purchasing choices that can impact energy consumption, and home energy audits.  They will use this knowledge to create a venture plan for a company that performs home energy audits and makes modifications to increase energy efficiency. 

Theme 3: Investigate an Environmental Issue

Information from Statistics Canada’s 2011 Households and the Environment Survey reveals Canadian’s awareness of and response to a variety of environmental and ecological issues.

In this theme, students will explore one of these issues in-depth. They will conduct independent research to learn about an Environmental issue, compare statistics from the Households and the Environment Survey to assess the impact of their chosen topic. Additionally, students will survey their peers to determine the level of awareness about their chosen topic, and use this information to create a community education plan to raise the level of awareness for a chosen target audience.

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