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Designing an Eco-Friendly Home In this activity, you will design an eco-friendly home that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and protects the biodiversity of the surrounding ecosystem. Estimated time to complete: 8 to 10 hours You will need these materials: a ruler a pencil graph paper or poster board Part A: Define the Problem Despite the availability of cleaner energy sources, most of the energy used to power American homes comes from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil. The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the air. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Why do you think it’s a challenge to reduce fossil fuel usage in homes in the United States? How could the use of fossil fuels affect the biodiversity in neighborhoods and the surrounding ecosystems?