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Interviewing the Past: Developing a Sense of Place through Oral Histories
Bob Abel, Olympic College
Local changes in climate, flora, fauna, and the human population can be anecdotally explored through interviews with long time locals.

Bioregion Discipline: Geography, English, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Sense of Place

A Sense of Place Collage Essay
Kathleen Byrd, South Puget Sound Community College
The "collage essay" is a formal writing assignment for English 101. The "collage" format of this paper offers students the opportunity to explore a sense of place from multiple perspectives without needing to demonstrate a stance as is usually expected in a thesis-driven essay.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus, Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Writing and Walking, Pilgrimage and Process: Working with the Essays of Linda Hogan & Henry David Thoreau
Rebecca Chamberlain, The Evergreen State College
By comparing and contrasting the essays of Hogan and Thoreau, students begin to develop a more complex understanding of their own identity and sense of place; the historical and cultural context around issues of sustainability and environmental ethics.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values

Civic Stewardship and Interdependency: Rethinking Our Local Patterns of Consumption and Development
Tara DerYeghiayan Roth, Seattle University
This "Exploratory Essay" writing assignment asks students to acknowledge themselves as stakeholders in their communities, to take a closer look at the urban or suburban town they call home, and to re-examine notions of entitlement.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Critical Thinking on Sustainable Food Production and Consumer Habits
Michael Faucette, Seattle Central Community College
Students are assigned to research, write, take a position and present it on the complex issue of sustainable food production and consumer habits.

Bioregion Discipline: English, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture

Phased Assignments in a Quarter-Long Argumentation & Research Course with a Sustainability Focus
Don Foran, Centralia College and The Evergreen State College
This teaching-and-learning activity is a phased process for developing a credible sustainability component in an Argumentation and Research course. The major assignment is a creation of an 8-10 page research paper in MLA format. All readings in this course are from the anthology, Listening to Earth (Hallowell and Levy).

Bioregion Discipline: English, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place

The Sustainability of Place: Making Scholarship Public
Jill Gatlin, University of Washington
Students are assigned to observe and research a local place of their choosing and to develop a unique analytical argument about the social and/or ecological sustainability of this space. The final project is a pamphlet directed to a public audience accompanied by a proposal for its production and distribution.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice

Toxic Hygiene: How Safe Is Your Bathroom?
Danielle Gray, Whatcom Community College
Students learn about potential safety and health concerns of personal hygiene products. Students examine labels and advertisements of these projects and then engage in rhetorical and cultural analysis of these advertisements.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

What's Up With Your Stuff?
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
Through a quarter-long series of assignments students determine their ecological footprint and explore their relationship with consumer culture. Students are given an opportunity to participate in a "service-learning" activity.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Recognizing the Impact of Dominant Culture Privilege
Robin Jeffers, Bellevue Community College
This sequence of five assignments, starting with the study of texts, has students taking a look at the concept of dominant culture privilege and then moving them out into their own world to analyze what they're seeing there.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Global, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice, Cultures & Religions, Ethics & Values

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