You are part of a team of four partners that has been tasked by the Chicago Chamber of Commerce to give a presentation to a panel of business owners and community stakeholders about the economic impact of going green.

  • What are the initial costs of greening roofs, investing in cleaner energy, and of switching to more   environmentally friendly practices?
  • What are some of the technical requirements of greening rooftops?
  • Are there programs that will lower or defer the cost of the switch?
  • What benefits may be expected because of the switch?

Your team will perform research, organize results, and prepare a document citing and annotating your materials.


Learning Objective

Critically evaluate information then summarize, annotate, cite, and organize articles for a specific presentation goal.



The Team will perform research to investigate the above questions, evaluate the sources for usability using the source rubric, organize the results in a logical order, cite/annotate the sources, and make an executive summary that synthesizes the materials. Each team member will read two of the sources, cite them, evaluate them, and annotate them for an individual grade. The team will then collaborate on the synthesis and ensure that the final document is well-organized and stylistically coherent. These materials will determine your group grade.



The following guidelines will help you and your team:

1. Each team member will choose two of the sources to read and summarize.

2. It is up to each individual team member to determine which research question(s) are best answered by which source(s).

3. Not all sources will serve to answer all questions.

4. After reading the source, make a judgment of usability by consulting the source rubric here.

5. After making a judgment, annotate it using the example posted here as a model. Take care to explain why the article is convincing or not.

6. Submit your individual efforts to me by Thursday at midnight, and I will provide feedback and suggestions.

7. The final product is a collaborative annotated bibliography and executive summary due two weeks after the individual works are due.

8. Each member will be evaluated for both team and individual efforts. Thus, corrections you make for the final project will offset a lower individual grade. 

9. The grade is out of 100: 50 points for the individual work and 50 points for the final product.

10. Do not hesitate to ask questions throughout the project. The best way to contact me is via email.



Course Tools  

Use the resources on the Research Skills page under “Critically Evaluating Sources” and “Using Sources” to guide you. 

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Social Capital Networks for Achieving Sustainable Development.

Re-evaluating the Contribution of Social Capital in Achieving Sustainable Development


Building a Sustainable Region

Common Sense Environmentalism

Paint the Town Green

Why Artificial Grass is More Sustainable Than Real Grass

The Benefits and Challenges of Green Roofs on Commercial and Public Buildings

Green Roof Improvement Fund

Quantifying Air Pollution Removal by Green Roofs in Chicago



Your group will prepare a suggested course of action, an executive summary synthesizing all sources, and a logically ordered annotated bibliography of sources consulted.


Evaluation Your grade will based on the following criteria:

1. 50 points: Individual annotations. I will be looking for a clear summary of the parts of the source relevant to at least one of the specific areas of inquiry, an evaluation of usability supported by the source rubric, clear communication and grammatically/syntactically correct writing.

2. 50 points: Group/Final Project. I will be looking for an executive summary that synthesizes the different sources, a logical order of the sources (whatever that may be according to your group’s thinking), a statement of action to be taken, and coherency of style among all entries.


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