This resource is a web interface that allows users to examine data pertaining to power plants within the United States. Information for each power plant can be seen by clicking on individual plants on the map, while additional layers (such as emissions) can be overlaid using the pull-down menu found in the upper right of the map. Additionally, power plants can be filtered for emission level, demographic information, etc. It takes a bit of time to get used to the interface, but once you figure it out it is a useful tool for learning about power plant emissions and the impact on local communities. Data sources can be found within the info menu in the upper right. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Science and Engineering
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by analyzing the local, national, and global geographic data on physical, environmental, and cultural processes that shape and change places and regions.
Geography 1 (D3): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by describing the major regions of the Earth and their major physical, environmental, and cultural features using a variety of geographic tools, including digital tools and resources.