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Citizens' Climate Education


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Civics

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Carbon Dividend Calculator

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  • This carbon dividend calculator asks questions about geographic location, household size, and energy usage to calculate monthly carbon fee costs, carbon dividends, and estimated monthly gain that an individual or household could expect under the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
Teaching Tips


  • The calculator tool lets students see how the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would work for their families.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to provide students with some background information on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Information about the proposed policy is linked in the resource.


  • Civics teachers could hold a Socratic seminar to discuss the pros and cons of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
  •  Economics classes could discuss how Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act might affect the energy industry and why.
Scientist Notes
The calculator is user-friendly and contains relevant fields that can collect and estimate an individual's or a household's carbon footprint. The tool is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.2.9-12 Use marginal benefits and marginal costs to construct an argument for or against an approach or solution to an economic issue.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
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