# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Sustainability and Renewable Technologies Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Sustainability and Renewable Technologies (8414/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Introducing Sustainability and Renewable Resources

  1. Interpret sustainability as it applies to social, economic, and environmental issues.
  2. Illustrate the interconnectedness of the global community.
  3. Compare and contrast renewable resources and non-renewable resources.
  4. Develop a working glossary of terms related to sustainability and renewable technologies.
  5. Evaluate a variety of media and informational sources for reliability, bias, and propaganda.
  6. Analyze an individual’s impact on natural resources.
  7. Calculate an individual’s carbon footprint, ecological footprint, and water footprint.
  8. Implement practices to reduce personal carbon footprint.

Examining Social Sustainability

  1. Research quality-of-life issues in developed and developing countries.
  2. Compare and contrast quality of life in developing nations with quality of life in developed nations.
  3. Research the relationships among standard of living, economic growth, and energy consumption.

Exploring the Economics of Sustainability

  1. Differentiate between needs and wants.
  2. Illustrate the interconnectedness of needs and wants and resource availability.
  3. Identify factors that influence consumer choices.
  4. Explain economic interests as a motivating force behind energy usage decisions.
  5. Investigate the role of government and budgetary allocation in providing access to and distribution of resources.
  6. Perform a life-cycle cost analysis.

Analyzing Environmental Issues

  1. Analyze the relationship between population and carrying capacity.
  2. Research a country's gross domestic product (GDP) and its correlation to resource consumption.
  3. Examine the environmental impacts of the extraction and reliance on fossil fuels.
  4. Outline a major environmental issue that affects human health and the viability of our planet.
  5. Demonstrate a major technological environmental issue’s effect on global and local human health and the viability of our planet.
  6. Debate strategies for responding to major environmental issues.
  7. Explain basic concepts of ecology and environmental science.
  8. Examine the interconnectedness between man-made structures and the natural environment.

Examining Technology's Impact on the Environment and Natural Resources

  1. Examine definitions of climate change.
  2. Examine the scientific research regarding climate change.
  3. Research how climate change will impact different regions of the United States.
  4. Examine the economic impacts of climate change.
  5. Research the impact of mankind's use of technology on the environment.

Evaluating Sustainable Practices

  1. Compare sustainable alternatives in agriculture.
  2. Identify sustainable alternatives in construction and building management.
  3. Explain the environmental impact of new construction versus renovation.
  4. Design methods to reduce energy consumption in a given process in building management.
  5. Research how effects from climate change can be mitigated.
  6. Analyze linear and cyclical approaches to life cycles of common technological products.
  7. Create a new product from existing products using the cradle-to-cradle approach.

Examining Renewable Energy

  1. Explain different energy technologies and their capacity to meet the social, economic, and environmental needs for a sustainable future.
  2. Predict the ability of renewable and nonrenewable energy resources to meet future demand.
  3. Analyze barriers to implementation of renewable technology and practices.
  4. Propose methods of overcoming barriers to implementation of renewable technology and practices.
  5. Assess the accessibility of renewable technologies within a given geographical area.
  6. Measure energy output of a renewable energy source using proper instruments.
  7. Explain the function of the basic components of a photovoltaic system.
  8. Produce a working wind turbine.
  9. Investigate the effects of light intensity and color on the energy output of a photovoltaic (PV) array.
  10. Construct a model of a photovoltaic (PV) array and/or wind turbine system that powers a small device.
  11. Investigate how wind speed and direction affect wind turbine energy output.
  12. Explain the basic principles of geothermal and geo-exchange systems.
  13. Compare and contrast sustainable alternatives and conventional building practices.