What is personal choices?

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Assessment 4

  • Personal Choices

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    Write a 3–4-page report in which you examine ways to reduce your environmental impact.By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

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    As you consider your own impact on the environment, it is helpful to look more closely at the environmental issues that plague our natural resources. The Assessment 4 Context document provides a brief overview of some of these issues. You may wish to review this document for key concepts and ideas related to pollution, contaminants, and resource quality.

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    Questions to Consider

    To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.

    • What do you see as the biggest pros and cons of the new plastic (PLA) technology?
    • What alternatives do you see for reducing plastic consumption?
    • Do you think bisphenol A (BPA) should be banned in baby bottles, formula cans, and infant and toddler toys?
    • How do you feel about the issue of BPA being used in the production of certain plastics?
    • What should individuals do to reduce air pollution? What is the responsibility of industry and government, with respect to air pollution?
    • What is the quality of air in your area?
    • What are the automobile emissions laws in your state?
    • What are the causes and effects of asthma?
    • Define what is meant by greenhouse gases and describe how they contribute to the greenhouse effect and climate change.
    • What specific examples illustrate the global nature of water pollution?
    • Which areas of the world have adequate supplies, and which are facing a chronic shortage?
    • How is the majority of water used in the average U.S. household? What are some ways in which households might conserve water and prevent waste of water?
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    Required Resources

    The following resources are required to complete the assessment.

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  • Assessment Instructions

    For this assessment, examine in a 3–4-page report the impact of your choices on the environment and consider positive changes you could implement.Begin your report by explaining areas of your life in which your choices impact the environment. This list could be endless; choose to focus on 10 areas of impact. Then, choose five changes related to the areas you listed that you could implement in your life.

    • Include at least one change relevant to each of the three main natural resources—air, water, and land (soil).
    • For each of your five changes you have chosen to examine, address the following:
      • What is the financial cost/benefit of the change?
      • What health benefits are associated with the change?
      • What are the environmental benefits of this change? How does this change promote conservation of air, water, or land?
      • What is the impact on your lifestyle if you make the change?

    Finally, address the following in regard to your chosen changes overall:

    • What message are you trying to convey? Highlight the main points you want to present.
    • How do your personal choices affect environmental health?
    • Include a reference to the information from at least two reputable sources that support your choices. What do other sources of information say about these concepts?
    • Finally, explain how you could convince your friends and family that these changes are important.

    Additional Requirements

    Use the APA Paper Template (linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading) to format your report.

    • Written Communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
    • Length: This report should be 3–4 pages in content length. Include a separate title page and a separate references page.
    • Font and Font Size: Times New Roman, 12-point, double-spaced. Use Microsoft Word.
    • APA Formatting: Resources and in-text citations should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
    • Number of Resources: You are required to cite a minimum of 2 scholarly resources. You may conduct independent research for resources and references to support your report. Provide a reference list and in-text citations for all of your resources, using APA format. You may cite texts and authors from the Resources.

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