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The sustainability board game Lesson plan supplement
90% of our electricity is imported oil that we burn 85% of Hawaii’s food is imported. Much is “FOOD”, not real food. What to do with trash on a small island?
Hawaii faces some daunting challenges. In this game, you invest in businesses that make money, but also help solve these problems. It’s like Monopoly, just greener!
Businesses you can invest in in this game have a triple bottom line beneﬁt for people, planet, and proﬁt.You make money, people get good jobs they can be proud of, and the world becomes a healthier place. For instance, this car sharing service!
People save money by not having to own their own car and instead only renting it when they need it. People also have less stress, because maintenance and insurance on the car is taken care of by the company, and not their responsibility.
The energy and raw materials needed to manufacture a car are substantial. By sharing cars instead, we can dramatically reduce these impacts. Additionally, there is reduced space needed to park/store a car for each person.
The primary customer for this business is people who walk, bike, or take the bus to school or work, and only need a car sometimes in order to go on a weekend excursion, or to carry heavy loads, or to do some grocery shopping.
In the game, you are an investor who helps entrepreneurs start these green businesses. The entrepreneurs in your Resource Cards have certain skills, knowledge, and ability that helps them succeed in certain industries. For instance, this ecotourism entrepreneur is qualiﬁed to start an ecotour operator business that takes tourists on birdwatching, camping, hiking, backpacking, snorkeling, or other outdoor fun.
Return on Investment (ROI)
In this game, you are an investor looking for a triple bottom line return on investment. You have limited resources (Human Resources and Investment money). To win the game, try to ﬁnd the best ﬁnancial, social and environmental return on your investments of these resources.
Green Jobs (Social ROI)
Eco-Credits (Environmental ROI)
Investment Dividends (Financial ROI)
There’s a lot of policy and random events that happen in this game. Part of your challenge playing the game is to maximize your advantages from these policies and events, and to minimize the damage when things don’t quite go your way. We’ll go over these cards now...get a pen and paper ready and jot down your thoughts on what these policies and events mean! (we’ll discuss as a class later...)
Discuss your thoughts on these cards with the class. Next class, we’ll get to playing the game! Start strategizing!
CLEAN TECH INCUBATOR Discussion Question: What is an “incubator”? Think about what other context you might hear about the use of an incubator. Why would a state spend tax dollars on creating a service to help businesses develop clean energy?
EATING LOCAL Discussion Question: What does it mean to “eat local”? Why is eating local beneﬁcial to people? To the economy? To the environment?
LOBBYISTS AND BAG BANS Discussion Question: What role do lobbyists play in government? Why would lobbyists representing the oil and gas industries want to stop plastic bag bans?
GMO SEEDS Discussion Question: What is a genetically modiﬁed organism (GMO)? Why would a biotech company sue farmers? (this card, in the game, actually says $60,000, not $100,000).
PACIFIC GYRE, PLASTICS Discussion Question: What is the Paciﬁc Gyre? Why does plastic trash hurt tourism?
BIOFUELS Discussion Question: What are biofuels? Why would the oil industry want to ﬁght the development of biofuels?
LEGISLATURE AND PERMITS Discussion Question: What role does the legislature of a state have in economic development? Why would contributions from the oil industry inﬂuence policies like permitting applications for clean tech projects?
CHILDHOOD OBESITY Discussion Question: How is childhood obesity related to issues of local economies?
OIL SUBSIDIES Discussion Question: Why would the Federal government subsidize the oil industry?
ZERO WASTE Discussion Questions: What is zero waste? Why would Hawaii commit to a zero waste program?
GREEN JOBS Discussion Question: What are green jobs? Why would the state create a tax rebate for players who create green jobs?
STATE AD CAMPAIGNS Discussion Question: Do states “advertise”? If so, why? Why would Hawaii promote ecotourism in an ad campaign?
INTERFAITH POWER Discussion Question: What is Interfaith Power & Light? How can IP&L help move sustainability forward?
LEED BUILDING Discussion Question: What is “green building”? What is LEED?