Identify the reasons a community needs energy sources at the family, neighborhood, institution and industry level.




    1. Identify the reasons a community needs energy sources at the family, neighborhood, institution and industry level.
    2. Identify how the current energy needs of the community are met. Are the energy sources currently in use clean? Renewable? Sustainable? Explain why or why not.
    3. Identify possible renewable, sustainable alternative energy sources that could supply the needs of the community.
    4. Discuss the environmental and economical impact of implementing renewable and sustainable energy practices.
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    1. Using the internet attempt to find what the avarage use of energy is for the median household in NC.
    2. What other energy needs will the community have? Think transportation of people and goods, think running of farm equipment and industrial machines, think about the energy needed to run hospitals, schools and other goverment fascilities, and use the internet to find out what is the energy need of a typical city like Elizabeth City in NC. if you research well a lot of this information is already out there, since goverment, cities and power companies regularly have to report this sort of data.
    3. Use the internet to identify the curent sources NC is using in order to obtain energy. Do we use hydroelectric? Do we burn Coal? Do we use Natural gas or Nuclear plants?
    4. Identify the possible renewable, sustainable energy sources that might work in the state of NC. Explain how these sources work and why are they considered sustainable.
    5. Lastly identify 5 things that could be done order to increase the use of sustainable energy in NC.
    6. Document all these things you have found about renewable energies in a report.
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    This is a website from the union of concerned scientists. Read the page and explore the links to get a better picture of what are sustainable renewable energies, their challenges and their potential.
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    This webpage talks about renewable energy solutions for our region. Look under the resources menu. During your investigation make sure to highlight local examples when possible.

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2. Introduction - Develop an introduction that presents your investigation. You can use the questions from the case study as a guide. A good introduction should include background information on the topic, the definitions your reader will need to understand your report and a brief summary of what you are going to tell us in the body of the report.

3. Content - You can call this section content, or you can divide the section into several sections each with their own title, but in general the content sections of your report should contain the results of your investigations. In other words, the answers to the questions posted in your case study. Don't limit yourself to answering each question with a sentence or two. The questions are realy just there to guide you and point you in the right direction. Make sure you investigate the topic and write an complete account of what you found. Feel free to include tables, figures or pictures, or any other visual aid you can embed in the word document.

4. Figures and Tables must be properly labled and numbered. In scientific reports, tables always should have a Table number and a title ABOVE the table ( for example Table1. Master list of groceries and where to buy them. Figures, however, should have a title and a number that appears UNDER the picture, and are usually accompanied by a short explanation of what is included. (for example;under a picture of a farm you would write Fig.1 - Owen Brothers Farm, South Mills, NC. This farms produces organic cage-free eggs and sells to the public at farmers markets in the area.). Figures and tables should be there for a reason, and should enhance the text of your report.

5. Conclusion - This is the section where you tell me your opinions about the things you discovered on your investigation. Its a good place to include some of the final questions from your instructions. The fact that these are your opinions however, doesn't mean you can write anything you think off. Your opinions must be backed up by the facts you presented in your research.

6. References - Any scientific report has to be properly referenced. If you use somebody elses words (cut and paste) you should do so in quotations and you need to reference the source. the same is true if you use pictures or tables. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE LARGE SECTIONS OF YOUR REPORT!!!! this needs to be your own words. But quoting a source is a very appropriate use of your reference material. To write your references properly, follow the instructions given on the Reference section you'll find here

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