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Quiet Noticing: Reflective Activities for Environmental Ethics
Mike Gillespie, University of Nebraska at Omaha
A series of reflective activities (quiet noticing:) that engage students personal dimensions of questions of values and ethical commitments, such as in environmental ethics courses. The activities and assignments might also be adaptable for other courses where a sustained reflective component is desired.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

Teaching about Teaching Sustainability
David Shapiro, Cascadia Community College
This course combines an in-class activity and a service-learning option. Students familiarize themselves with the dynamic behind a particular kind of human induced environmental challenge and then develop a lesson plan to teach the dynamic to younger students in a classroom setting.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy, Education
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Natural Resources, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption

Slight of Hand: Egoism and the Tragedy of the Commons
Ty Barnes, Green River Community College
Students are introduced to a theory in the Normative Ethics of Behavior (NEB) known as Hedonic Ethical Egoism. They will learn to present and explain the "Invisible Hand Argument for Hedonic Ethical Egoism" shown to depend on the following assumption: that the community as a whole is better off if everyone acts selfishly. This assumption is false as the "Tragedy of the Commons" will show.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint

Virtues and Climate Change
Stephan Beck, The Evergreen State College
Students create an essay to respond to the question: "What virtues does our society need to foster in people in order for us to be able to respond appropriately to climate change?"

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Climate Change

Extending "The Land Ethic" and The Golden Rule to the Whole Biotic Community
Don Foran, The Evergreen State College and Centralia College
A component of an Introduction to Ethics course involving research and reporting on a specific sustainability issue. The class presentation will help the student think about extending Leopold's "Land Ethic" and "The Golden Rule" to the whole biotic community.

Bioregion Discipline: English, Philosophy
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Ethics & Values, Human Impact & Footprint

Ethics, Gender, and Climate Change
Sandra Johanson, Green River Community College
The purpose of the assignment is twofold: first, to expose students to what is sometimes called a "feminist" or "care" perspective in ethics. The second is for students to apply these abstract ideas in ethics to the very real and complex issues relating to climate change in environmental ethics.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, Ethics & Values, Cultures & Religions

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: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values, Climate Change, Ecosystem Health, 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: Political Science/Policy, Environmental Studies, Philosophy
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies, Ecosystem Health, Civil Society & Governance, Cultures & Religions, Ethics & Values

Community Questions, Global Answers, and the Ethics of Environmental Responsibility
Amos Nascimento, University of Washington Tacoma
This submission is both a course and an activity using the bioregion as a resource for environmental ethics. The first part of the course is devoted to questions (fact gathering) related to the bioregion. The second part is reflecting and focused on global answers.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy, Religious Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Civil Society & Governance, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Ethics & Values

Evergreen State College