Teaching Unit: Environmental Quiz

As of November 2016 the Environmental Quiz has been updated with new statistical information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the USDA Forest Service.

The environmental quiz was developed at the University of Minnesota in 1991 for use in a course dealing with a broad array of economic, social, and environmental issues. Since that time, the quiz has been taken by thousands of college students across the United States and by a number of other groups including teachers, high school students, boy scouts, community leaders, and forest products industry employees. Results show a pervasive pessimism, revealed by the fact that students, as well as a surprisingly high percentage of others, consistently indicate environmental conditions to be worse than they really are. Respondents also consistently demonstrate a shocking level of misinformation about forests and domestic forests in particular. Read more about the environmental quiz:

The environmental quiz is a great tool to use as the first part of a teaching unit to help students maintain interest in the discussion, for stimulating questions, or for providing a basis for more in-depth investigation of issues raised.

A PowerPoint Presentation of the updated environmental quiz is also available that can be used in conjunction with the printed environmental quiz or as a stand-alone presentation tool.

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