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Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
Students conduct a greenhouse gas emission inventory for their college or university. Students analyze findings and present information to the college or university community. -

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Green Landscape and Environmental Policy part of Activities
Develop lectures that discuss environmental policy and horticulture practices in communities. Create classroom activities that incorporate green landscape design practices in residential areas. These classroom ...

The Geoscape of Bozeman, Montana part of Activities
This project was intended to build familiarity with the local geologic environment through a poster session leading to a single poster following the Canadian "Geoscape" model.

Reducing pressure on a wastewater treatment plant to accelerate remediation of a polluted harbour part of Activities
Students present posters to community partners with strategies to reduce the quantity of water entering a local wastewater treatment plant or to improve the quality of water that needs to be treated. The strategies ...

A Sustainable Southwest Japanese Garden part of Activities
A Sustainable Southwest Japanese Garden Project combines Earth Systems geoscience curriculum with designing and developing a sustainable Japanese garden. The garden uses water harvested from the roof of the ...

Urban Farming, Soil Science and Me - Reflection 1 part of Activities
This reflection assignment is used within a service learning project to bridge three fundamental categories: community service, personal growth and course content. Reflections are designed to gauge students' ...

Service Learning and Local Hydrogeology in the Classroom: An example from Anchorage, Alaska part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
A semester long project in which students work in small groups to analyze a local hydrogeology issue of importance to the community.

Campus Nitrogen Budget part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
Link the college or university operations with local ecology. In this study, students use a tool from urban ecology, the nitrogen budget, to research the inputs, outputs and subsytem transfers of nitrogen on the ...

Investigating contaminant transport and environmental justice issues in a local watershed through service learning projects with Sierra Club part of Activities
Students will be applying hydrogeology concepts and methods in the lab and the field and conducting interviews as part of a coherent characterization of water quality issues and potential risks in local low-income, ...

Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
Hydrology students are asked to participate in a service-learning project that involves a long-term stream monitoring project. The strengths of this laboratory exercise are that it integrates classroom knowledge ...

Rainwater Harvesting Service Learning Project part of Activities
Students will gain an understanding of the history, benefits, and components of a rainwater harvesting system and partner with community members to design and build a rainwater harvesting system for their school.

Recycling Service Learning Activity part of Activities
Increase recycling on campus and in the community

The Human side of geologic hazards part of Activities
Students respond in a charitable way to geological or weather related disasters.

Put Some Blue In Your Green School part of Activities
Put Some Blue In Your Green School is a service learning project to help schools become efficient water users and to raise awareness about the need for good stewardship practices for water resources within the ...

The 1997 floods of Bozeman Creek, Montana part of Activities
This project involved student provocation of community response along a local creek in response to accumulation of twice-normal winter snowpack in the winter of 1996-7.

Arsenic on Main St., Unity ME part of Activities
The ultimate plan is organizing a "Water Quality Fair" for residents of the Unity, ME area (rural farming region). Conceptually, students would analyze water samples brought into the community center ...

Pre-service teachers using Project Learning Tree (PLT) in the K-6 classroom part of Activities
The activity utilizes the curriculum from Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an environmental education program developed by the American Forest Foundation. Pre-service elementary education students receive PLT ...

Global Change Biology Service-Learning Project part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
The class engaged in a service learning project to craft a draft sustainability vision for Carleton. The students worked in teams of 3-4 students and the statements that each of the teams developed were shared with the Environment and Technology Studies Program (ENTS) and the Carleton Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC).

WGST 250: Women's Health Activism part of Workshops:Class Assignments
WGST 250: Women's Health Activism Instructor: Meera Sehgal Women's and Gender Studies Spring 2011 Course Description This course focuses on women's health movements and feminist activism around ...

Nutrition Project part of Workshops:Class Assignments
BIOL 236: Plant Biology Instructor: Susan SingerBiology Spring 2011 Course Description How do plants work? This course is framed in the context of advances in evolution and genomics, which offer insight into ...

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