Week 3: Sustainability and Erosion

Humans have made a big impact on the Earth. Our technologies and industries have helped us grow, prosper, and become more connected than ever, but often can have negative consequences on the environment. There are a lot of ways we can reduce our negative impact on nature, such as recycling and limiting our energy and water use.

Sustainability is the ability to use natural resources in way that doesn’t deplete them for future generations or destroy the environment. Practicing sustainability helps us balance our use of natural resources in order to protect the environment. The Wild Center takes advantage of sustainable building techniques and energy through its architectural design.

Erosion is the transport of materials by natural forces, while weathering breaks them down. Moving water wearing down stone, or wind smoothing down mountains are examples of erosion and weathering. When building sustainable structures, it’s important to think about how these forces may impact our design.

 

To help you get started:

Learn all about how The Wild Center practices sustainability with Micheal and Nick.

First learn what sustainability means, then go to minute 5:10 to learn about what a LEED certification is. Go to minute 11:00 for a tour of The Wild Center with Nick to see some of the Center’s sustainable technology.

Learn about how erosion works with Micheal.

Learn the basics of erosion, then go to minute 12:10 to learn about the engineering process.