Earth Day - Presentation

Earth Day - Presentation_Akheel Patel
Project Name : Earth Day - Presentation_Akheel Patel
Description : Students demonstrate Earth Day presentations to Elementary School Students.
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Which sustainability component will your lesson focus on?
The conservation of water
What related problem/issue will you present?
Out of all items in residential areas, toilets are responsible for the most water wasteage.
What supporting facts characterize the problem?
A warped or poorly fitting flapper can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day and may cost hundreds of dollars a year. Residential toilets account for approximately 30 percent of indoor residential water use in the United States Residential toilets account to more than 2.1 trillion gallons of water consumed each year. Over the course of you lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. Leaking toilets (even the ones you only hear at night) can lose 30 to 500 gallons per day. 20% or 1 out of 5 of all toilets leak.
What solution will you offer?
The installation of adjustable toilet flappers.
What action or actions do you want people to take as a result of your lesson?
To go out and invest in adjustable toilet flappers in order to save countless gallons of water.
Please attach any supporting audio, video, images, files, blogs, links, graphs or other related to the problem or your solution?
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Describe (in detail) what you presented on EARTH Day. Be sure to describe your "hook," your activity, and your "wrap up" in enough detail that next year's groups will be able to use it and improve upon it.
We started off our presentation with a hook of describing how much water is wasted in the toilet with every flush, within the average home per day, within the average city per day, and then within the country per day. After this we discussed water conservation and how we can save millions of gallons of fresh water just by adjusting toilets and being a slight bit more water wise. From here we discussed two major strategies that could save water one being putting food coloring in the toilet tank to make leaky toilet flappers noticeable and how fixing them can conserve water. After this we showed our second and primary technigue of installing an adjustable toilet flapper. This will conserve about a gallon of water with each flush easily saving enough water to pay back the purchaser of the flapper within its savings on the water bill. After this we demonstrated how much water is wasted with each flush by filling water balloons with about a gallon of water per about 4-5 ballons. We did this by weighing how much 1/4-1/5 of a gallon of water is then made a ballon with this weight and filled the rest of the balloons to about the size of the stencil balloon. We then had a balloon toss symblolizing how much water is lost with each flush and also showing better allocations for water than simply flushing it down the toilet.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
I would expand upon the presentation of the toilet flapper our presentation was slightly short of the time zone and therefore we would just have another water ballon toss wasting materials and sometimes time because we then went over our desired time. i would also fill the balloons the day before because filling them at school was kind of a pain