The Environmental Finance Center created an educational unit for high school students that incorporates finance into the North Carolina School of Science and Math's Agriscience curriculum with a focus on sustainable agriculture. This course helps students develop technical solutions to ecological problems that make financial sense.
In this course, students conduct a financial analysis of a fictional farm in North Carolina and develop a business case for constructing solar panels on the farm. Students learn to view a single farm as an economic system, taking into account costs, revenue, and subsidies. Students learn to conduct a cost/benefit analysis of the impact of installing solar panels on the economics of that farm and be able to use a computer spreadsheet to create a simple budget and to model the impacts. The curriculum also helps students to develop a business case and presentation that could be presented to financial institutions and other investors.
Educators are welcome to use and adapt the lessons and materials below.
- Revenue Considerations
- Cost Considerations
- Government Subsidies and Tax Incentives
- Financing an Agricultural Innovation
- Cost/Benefit Analysis
- Financial Modeling
- Advanced Financial Modeling
- Developing a business case
- Advice from a Business Leader
- Creating a Business Plan
- Presenting a Business Plan
The development of this curriculum was supported by the North Carolina School of Science and Math and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. All lessons and materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.