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The Effects of Storm Water Management on Water Quality
Jeff Clark, Lawrence University
This lab follows the skill development lab "Gathering Point Data using a GPS and ArcGIS 9.3." The topic is storm water detention ponds, which are designed in part to improve water quality. Using in-situ ...

Where does your energy come from? Analyzing your energy bill
Mary Savina, Carleton College
Students use utility bills to determine the cost and sources of energy in their households.

Looking Back at History
Jim Farrell, Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College
Students research an organism/commodity in the colonial period of American history, and write a first-person narrative/autobiography of its history as European settlers reshaped the environment (mental and physical) of North America.

Phenology Plot Project
Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Macalester College
Students pick one place in the Carleton Arboretum to spend at least 20 minutes observing the biodiversity in that one place at least six times during the term. Students must record observations visually and with the written word and share their final projects with the class.

1908 Conservation Conference
This page is authored by Jim Farrell, St. Olaf College.
In groups, students research environmental activists of the early 20th century, and write and deliver a first-person speech expressing that person's concerns to the 1908 Conservation Conference.

My Environmental Histories
Jim Farrell, Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College
In American Environmental History, we emphasize the idea that everybody makes history every day, and that ideas and institutions have long-term environmental impacts that are often unobserved in history or in life. This final exam allows students to integrate their learning, and personalize it, seeing how their own lives are historically constructed, and how they can make history by constructing their lives differently. The exam also allows me to read papers that are academic and practical and personal, and a lot more interesting than conventional test questions.

Whats for Dinner?: Purchasing and Preparing an Organic, locally grown Meal
Craig Watson, Monmouth College
Student groups of five plan, research, prepare and serve each other a meal using naturally grown ingredients, then review and reflect upon the meal and the experience.

Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Data Analysis
Brock Spencer, Beloit College; Marty St. Clair, Coe College

Spinning wheels of the carbon cycle: Carbon from gasoline to plant material
Yaffa Grossman, Beloit Colleg; george wittler, Ripon College
Students will determine the quantity of carbon dioxide released by driving a vehicle and the the amount of photosynthetic activity required during that time period to offset this carbon dioxide production.

Communicating Campus Resource Flows
Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Macalester College
Students research one of the energy or resource flows across the campus and design an educational project the describes the magnitude and importance of this energy or resource flow to the campus community for display during Earth Week.

Home Energy Audit/Retrofits
Barbara Whitten, Colorado College
Home energy audit/retrofits allow students to apply thermodynamic principles to planning and executing a retrofit to make an existing home more energy efficient.

Understanding and Analyzing an Environmental Controversy
Steve Martin, Ripon College
Students will write a paper that analyzes a particular controversy that is related to the environment or issues of sustainability. In so doing, they will discover the role discourse plays in resolving, or failing to resolve, the different goals of competing interests.




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