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Environmental Impact

Introduction to Environmental Science

Writing Project 2

Environmental Impact

People live their lives day to day with little consideration of the impact of their actions. This writing project will focus on how reducing this impact can be taken to the extreme, evaluating your personal impact on the environment, and understanding some simple solutions to make things better.




  • Watch “No Impact Man” film
    • Available to stream through the USF Library
    • Available through Course Reserves on Canvas
  • Calculate your carbon footprint at the Berkeley CoolClimate website
  • Take the Sustainable Synergy, Inc. “How Green Are You?” quiz
  • Write a combined reaction paper
    • How do you feel about what you are seeing in the documentary?
    • With what do you agree or disagree?
    • Can you identify with anything in the documentary?
    • Reflect on what you have watched in the documentary and what you have discovered about your own carbon emissions and eco-footprint.
    • The Berkeley CoolClimate website provides you with some ideas on what you can do to reduce your energy usage and carbon footprint below the graph at the end of the quiz.
    • Overall, WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?!?!
  • The reaction paper should be your reactions, but must also include:
    • A summary of the documentary (identify the key points highlighted in the documentary)
    • Naming and discussing at least 5 issues raised in the documentary
    • A brief discussion of your carbon calculator inputs and results
    • Include resulting graphs from carbon footprint calculator at the end of the paper



  • Include a “Works Cited” page only if you use sources other than the film and two quiz websites
    • Use in-text citations for any information obtained from these sources
      • Use Author-Date citations (Harvard Method)



  • MLA format
  • 5-7 pages (Not including image of graph or Works Cited section)
  • Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins
  • 12-point font
  • No quotations.
  • Indent each paragraph
  • No extra spacing between paragraphs
  • .doc, .docx, or .pdf format
  • Paper written as a response paper and not a series of short-answer questions
  • Will only accept submissions to Canvas/Turnitin
    • Will not accept writing projects sent to me through email or Canvas message attachments




RUBRIC: (100 points total)

  • Film Summary (10 points)
    • A summary of the documentary (5 points)
      • Identify the key points highlighted in the documentary
    • Naming and discussing at least 5 issues raised in the documentary (5 points)
  • Carbon Emission Calculation & Discussion (20 points)
    • A brief discussion of your carbon calculator inputs and results (15 points)
    • Include resulting graph from the Carbon Calculator in the paper by providing a screenshot (5 points)
  • “How Green Are You” Quiz & Discussion (20 points)
    • A brief discussion of your eco-footprint calculator inputs and results (20 points)
  • Reaction (40 points)
    • How did the documentary, carbon calculator results, and “How Green Are You?” quiz make you feel? (10 points)
    • What do you agree & disagree with from the film? (10 points)
    • What can you realistically do to change you impact? (10 points)
    • Overall, what was learned? (10 points)
  • Syntax & Organization (10 points)
    • Proper spelling & grammar (4 points)
    • Clear & concise thesis statement (3 points)
      • Something simple like “Carbon emissions are a problem because of X.” or “This paper looks at the reactions to the impact carbon has on our lives and my contribution.”
    • Paper flows smoothly from topic to topic (3 points)
  • Late Submissions
    • -20 points per day after deadline
    • Technical difficulties or problems with Canvas are no excuse for not turning in writing projects on time.

Last Updated on June 17, 2021

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