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The Sustainability Triangle: How Do We Apply Science to Decision Making?
Brian Naasz, Pacific Lutheran University
This writing assignment uses the "Sustainable Development Triangle" as a framework to critically evaluate an environmental issue of the student's choice. This learning activity provides an opportunity for an introductory chemistry student to use the sustainability's "Triple Bottom Line" as a tool to use material learned in the classroom to look at how environmental science helps inform economic and social/cultural factors in the development of sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Pollution & Waste, Natural Resources, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Climate Change, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice

Science and Sustainability: A Freshman Seminar Course
Steven Neshyba, University of Puget Sound
The backbone of the course is made of two books: Berger and Luckmann's The Social Construction of Reality and Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. Students will discuss these readings in a seminar format, write papers, take exams, carry out a chemistry experiment using mass spectroscopy, and undertake a research project into current pedagogical approaches to science and sustainability.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Acidification of Freshwater Streams and Lakes
Katy Olsen, Pierce College
Students research the acidification of freshwater streams and lakes, identify at least one of the sources, and determine how their daily activities contribute to the problem.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Impact & Footprint, Water & Watersheds

Integrating Sustainability Concepts into First Quarter General Chemistry
Gerry Prody, Western Washington University
The goal of this project is to insert sustainability concepts and issues into the general chemistry curriculum. Specifically, I focus on carbon as the example to be considered throughout the quarter.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Climate Change, Energy

Researching Ocean Acidification in General Chemistry
Kalyn Shea Owens and Sonya Remington, North Seattle Community College
This research-based student project used the problem of ocean acidification to cover the sustainability concept of fossil fuel combustion and the disciplinary concepts of kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry and solubility.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Natural Resources, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Bottled Versus Tap Water: What You Drink and Why
Marie Villarba, Seattle Central Community College
In the activity students learn about the properties of solutions, acidity and pH, electrolytes versus non-electrolytes, and solution concentration. Hopefully, this activity will also dispel common misconceptions about tap water and bottled beverages.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Lifestyles & Consumption, Pollution & Waste, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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

Organic Chemistry: Friend or Foe? An Organic Chemistry Special Investigation
Neal A. Yakelis, Pacific Lutheran University
Students are asked to work in teams to find a claim in the media relating to the impact of an organic compound (or class of organic compounds) on the environment and its inhabitants. Their chosen compound should have an effect on the sustainability of plant or animal life, or, in particular, the sustainability of human health.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Health & Wellbeing, Cycles & Systems, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Comparison of Traditional and Green Chemistry Methods for Extracting Essential Oils from Spices
Karyn Mlodnosky, Cascadia Community College
This assignment connects aspects of green chemistry and environmental stewardship with some of the skills and theory involved in natural products chemistry and separation methods.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health

Chemistry Laboratory Waste Evaluation
Tracy D. Harvey, University of Washington
From the scientific viewpoint, this evaluation will help the students see a process instead of just a data collection event, and they will get to practice estimating amounts. They will also need to determine the products of any reactions performed during the experiment. From the standpoint of sustainability, this evaluation is intended to help the student recognize the environmental "cost" of an experiment-in consumables used and in waste products generated.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Health & Wellbeing, Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste

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