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Building Sustainable Communities, But What Kind?
Hannah Love, Pacific Lutheran University
This assignment, depending on the level and depth of implementation, seeks to challenge students by asking them to look beyond "greenwashed" advertisements and buzzwords to grapple with what sustainability means, whether it can be achieved, and what kinds of questions communities must confront in a search for sustainability.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Human Health & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Race, Class, Gender and the Earth Crisis: Sustainability and Social Justice Meet
Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Seattle University
Students work collaboratively to construct knowledge about the intersection of social justice and ecological integrity. Students will chose a consumer product that has adverse ecological and social justice impacts and develop a set of proposals for action that would challenge, dismantle or diminish those adverse consequences.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Learning Communities

"The Great Turning" Bioregional Community Fair
Randy Morris, Antioch University Seattle
An activity that involves students in organizing, promoting, and conducting a bioregional community fair, as well as engaging in community-based research. This would be appropriate in any introductory course on sustainability that explores the needed changes in worldviews and behaviors in order to realize sustainable societies.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Interconnectedness in The Upanishads and Upon Our Sheds
James Schneider, South Puget Sound Community College
In this workshop students gain understanding of the Hindu concept of monism and how it can be related to the sustainability concept of interconnectedness to classroom community as well as the natural environment on campus.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

A Lifestyle Project for the Humanities
Kevin O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University
Students take what they are learning in an introduction to environmental studies course and through a series of writing assignments, they can explore and choose an array of potential approaches to personal and social change.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Meditation and Collection: "Garbage Reduction"
Gary L. Chamberlain, Seattle University
The course examines a number of unsustainable practices, the "worldview" or framework which emerged from the confluence of Christianity, the Renaissance and rise of modern science, and industrialization. We then examine new forms of Christian theological reflection leading to the construction of a framework reinforcing practices of sustainability and environmental justice.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Global, Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint

Sacred Meals: Food, Community and Place in Indigenous Traditions
Suzanne Crawford O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University
This assignment focuses on the importance of cultivating awareness of the interdependency of people and place. This core concept intersects with a central big idea of the course: how subsistence traditions maintain reciprocal relationships between human and ecological communities.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture

Sacred Food and Carbon Footprint
Hirsh Diamant, The Evergreen State College
This activity examines how understanding cultural or religious studies and ecology can help us to become grounded, focused, mindful, and engaged world citizens.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Cultures & Religions, Human Impact & Footprint

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

Evergreen State College