The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is a registry managed by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) that keeps annual records of quantities of over 300 pollutants released to air, water and land, and disposed of and/or transferred by Canadian commercial and institutional facilities that meet certain criteria. This digital activity guide is intended to be used by secondary school teachers to explore pollution release in Canada as well as to highlight the uses and limits of such a database.
To support teachers and students through this learning experience, this activity kit includes:
- A guide for educators and introductory presentation slides
- A link to a NPRI student dashboard created in Tableau and available on the Tableau public website (link below) - a simplification of the NPRI Data Search Tool
- Curriculum connections (included in the guide for educators)
- Student handouts (included in the guide for educators)
These associated activities, included all together in the guide for educators, can be used individually alongside their related student handouts.
Part I – Pollutant Destinies
Students will explore how various pollutant “destinies” (release, disposal, transfer) vary based on the facility releasing them.
- Activity 1.1 – Pollution vs Waste
- Activity 1.2 – What types of facilities report to the NPRI?
- Activity 1.3 - Introduction to the NPRI
- Activity 1.4 - Introduction to Pollutant Destiny
- Activity 1.5 - Pollution Destiny Glossary
- Activity 1.6 – Does a pollutants destiny change based on which type of facility is releasing it?
Part 2 From Local to National - A picture of pollutant release in Canada
Students delve into NPRI data to explore the distribution of pollutant release in Canada over time.
- Activity 2.1 – Who is releasing pollutants in our community?
- Activity 2.2 - To recycle or Not to Recycle
- Activity 2.3 - Accidental Releases
Part 3 Social, political and economic factors
Students explore various social, political and economic factors that may play a role in determining a company’s choice of location for their facilities.
- Activity 3.1 - Geographical factors - Why are pollutant-releasing facilities where they are?
- Activity 3.2 - Can pollutants released further away affect our water?
Part 4 Careers within the NPRI team of ECCC
This section deals with careers within the NPRI team at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).
- View all programs at the Canada Science and Technology Museum
- View other programs related to Earth & Environment
- View other programs for: Grade 9 - Grade 10 (Ontario) or Secondary Cycle 1 - Secondary Cycle 2 (Quebec)