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Is The Water Safe for Aquatic Life?
Sue Habeck, Tacoma Community College
In this field activity students ponder sustainability issues such as point and non-point sources of pollution (including personal contributions), impacts of pollution, and potential mitigations.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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 Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture

State of Your Own Backyard
Ardi Kveven, Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College
Students evaluate water quality data as indicators of the health of an ecosystem and manage, graph and analyze data from an online database. This activity is designed to facilitate student interest in their ecosystem, focusing on where they live.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste, Water & Watersheds, Sense of Place

Gasping for Breath in Hood Canal: Exploring the Dissolved Oxygen Crisis
Ann J. Murkowski, North Seattle Community College
Students work collaboratively in groups to apply their understanding of photosynthesis, respiration, and nutrient cycling to develop hypotheses to explain an acute low oxygen event that occurred in Hood Canal.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds

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 Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Sense of Place, Natural Resources, Human Heath & Wellbeing

Sustainable Public Health: Walkable Neighborhoods, Obesity and Diabetes in the Bioregion
Jean McFarland, Edmonds Community College
Students generate hypothesis regarding the causes and consequences of obesity. Based on these putative causes and consequences they propose sustainable solutions (e.g. walkable neighborhoods, community gardens, etc.) that would be appropriate for and effective in their bioregion.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption

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 Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Civil Society & Governance, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture

Sound Science
Peg Balachowski and Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Everett Community College
An activity for a math/biology linked learning community in which students will collect, organize and analyze data related to the health of Puget Sound; experience the design of experiments in the sciences; apply mathematics to real biological issues that affect their lives; and develop an awareness of the personal and professional usefulness of mathematics, biology and modeling. Statistic students will act as consultants to the biology students and Biology students will in turn act as software analysts to help analyze trends as models are created.

Bioregion Discipline: Mathematics, Biology
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Learning Communities

How Many Plants Make a Future? The Carbon Dioxide Challenge
Rus Higley, Highline Community College Marine Science and Technology Center, Vanessa Hunt and Timothy Sorey, Central Washington University
This activity focuses on the role of photosynthesis in a sustainable future. Students explore the effect of photosynthesis and respiration in a 'closed systems' containing plankton, marine plants, and fish. By calculating carbon dioxide uptake and production in these systems, they predict a plant: animal ratio sufficient to maintain a system in carbon dioxide 'balance' for one hour.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Climate Change, Ecosystem Health

Using Reflection Activities to Deepen Student Engagement
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
Reflection activities on service-learning related to environmental restoration.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Biology, English
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Learning Communities, Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Evergreen State College