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Environmental Justice in Tacoma: A Non-Majors Qualitative Assessment of Pollution and Public Policy in the Local Community
Jim Gawel, University of Washington- Tacoma
This activity is designed to get non-environmental majors to qualitatively examine their own community for evidence of environmental injustice. Using a mix of evidence from online sources (U.S. Census, EnviroMapper, Toxic Release Inventory, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, etc.) and field observations, student groups describe the population and pollution sources found within an assigned elementary school district in Tacoma.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Pollution & Waste, Social & Environmental Justice, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Lifestyles & Consumption

Place Quilt: Exploring Visual Language through Sense of Place
Rob Beishline, Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
Black and white silhouette project for undergraduate art appreciation students exploring the idea of place.

Bioregion Discipline: Art
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Mapping Stormwater Runoff Infrastructure for the City of Bothell
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Term-long course activity for student groups to map the flow of stormwater runoff on newly developed or altered properties in and for the City of Bothell.

Bioregion Discipline: Geography, Environmental Studies, Geoscience
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Design & Planning, Cycles & Systems, Pollution & Waste, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning

Toxic Hygiene: How Safe Is Your Bathroom?
Danielle Gray, Whatcom Community College
Students learn about potential safety and health concerns of personal hygiene products. Students examine labels and advertisements of these projects and then engage in rhetorical and cultural analysis of these advertisements.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Health & Wellbeing, Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

What's Up With Your Stuff?
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
Through a quarter-long series of assignments students determine their ecological footprint and explore their relationship with consumer culture. Students are given an opportunity to participate in a "service-learning" activity.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Recognizing the Impact of Dominant Culture Privilege
Robin Jeffers, Bellevue Community College
This sequence of five assignments, starting with the study of texts, has students taking a look at the concept of dominant culture privilege and then moving them out into their own world to analyze what they're seeing there.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice, Sense of Place, Ethics & Values, Cultures & Religions

Investigating Local Food: Meet Your Washington Farmers
June Johnson Bube, Seattle University
This assignment sequence seeks to stimulate students' thinking and writing about food production in the western Washington bioregion through a series of activities combining readings, class discussion, fieldwork, and writing assignments. Collaborative work in and outside of class culminates in students' interviewing local farmers and vendors at farmers markets and writing a surprising informative essay.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Health & Wellbeing, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Building a Public Knowledge Base: The Wikicadia Node Assignment
Todd Lundberg, Cascadia Community College
The center of this sequence of assignments is a collaborative, "New Media" writing project that involves publishing to a wiki a synthesis of knowledge about how humans inhabit places. Writers work in groups with others interested in a common sub-topic and develop information related to local places that local audiences who are invited to join the wiki may use.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Sense of Place, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

We're Screwed!
Michael C. Kalton, University of Washington
This course is designed to address the interlocked problems of unwillingness to confront the dimensions of the environmental crisis and the feelings of helplessness and despair that often accompany perceiving the gravity of the situation.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health, Ethics & Values, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Human Rights and the Environment
Tom Kerns, North Seattle Community College
Selecting one environmental situation students will learn about some basic human rights norms and then analyze that environmental situation in terms of those human rights norms.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Political Science/Policy
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Civil Society & Governance, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies, Social & Environmental Justice, Cultures & Religions, Ecosystem Health

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