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Renewable - But Is It Sustainable?
Carol Burton, Bellevue Community College
Production of biofuels as an alternative energy source is not as simple as the media portray. This exercise enables students to practice critical thinking skills in evaluating the "value" of biofuels - a somewhat ambiguous concept.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Energy
Cascade Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project
Thomas W. Murphy, Edmonds Community College
This multi-term assignment introduces students to local indigenous stories, significant plants and animals of our region and some basic skills in reading animal tracks and signs.
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Social & Environmental Justice
Skeleton Keys: Bonified Biology
J. Brian Hauge, Peninsula College
This series of exercises focuses on: the importance of observation in science; the proper use of scientific terminology and writing; the interrelationships between anatomy and position in a food web or energy pyramid; the biology of exotic species; toxins in the environment; animal use; and, the evolutionary significance of each of these topics.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste
What is Local?
William R. Teska, Pacific Lutheran University
Through a hands-on examination of a nature preserve/park in a nearby urban setting and with classroom discussions and activities, students become aware that individuals are affected differently by the preservation of nature or by development of natural resources.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Health & Wellbeing, Natural Resources, Sense of Place
Detox Me: How To Reduce Your Exposure To Toxins Found In Everyday Products
Surya Tewari, Bellevue Community College
I use the topic when I am discussing cancer in either nutrition or biology class. Talking about genetic and environmental factors that can increase the incidence of cancer, and the homework, helps students understand how adjusting their environment can help reduce their risk for developing cancer.
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Civil Society & Governance, Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Health & Wellbeing, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice