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Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

How efficiently are the following used at Springbrook High School?

  • Computers, copiers, and printers
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Lighting
  • Other appliances (refrigerators, microwaves, and more)

How can their use be more efficient while maintaining usefulness?

What improvements can be made?  To the building? To the environment?

  • Vending machines
  • Recycling
  • Solar panels
  • Infrastructure (technology, water usage, lighting)
  • Green roofs
  • HVAC
  • Filters

How can our data influence the actions and behaviors of every Springbrook community member?

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Parents
  • Guests

    Assignment Specifics

    What resources can be used to identify possible solutions to the issues presented in the Springbrook High School Initial Observations report? 

      Search Strategies

      • Locate and search appropriate resources
      • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
      • Think of synonyms
      • Use Boolean searching
      • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
      • Be creative

      Some search terms to try:

      • examples
      • "green initiatives"
      • "high schools"
      • "school systems"
      • "green schools"
      • going green old schools


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        • Log in to access all options (same username and password as used for computer)
        • Select Catalog tab
        • Select Library Search option
        • Select Power subtab
        • Scroll down and check box for 'Include Online Resources'
        • Select specific online resources, enter search terms, search
        • View results in the One Search subtab
        • Click on Show
        • Click on titles
        • Email database articles to yourself and record bibliographic information of selected sources

        GVRL E-books

        Start off with a search of "energy efficient buildings"

        Also try:

        • "Sustainable development"
        • "HVAC equipment"

        ProQuest Databases



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        Be honest.

        Show integrity.


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