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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 Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice
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 Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice
Building a Public Knowledge Base: The Wikicadia Node Assignment
Todd Lundberg, Cascadia Community College
The center of this sequence of assignments is a collaborative, "New Media" writing project that involves publishing to a wiki a synthesis of knowledge about how humans inhabit places. Writers work in groups with others interested in a common sub-topic and develop information related to local places that local audiences who are invited to join the wiki may use.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption
Mapping Place, Writing Home: Using Interactive Compositions On and Off the Trail
Kate Reavey, Peninsula College
Students will choose a physical place to study, a site that is close enough to visit at least four times during the quarter/semester. Using writing prompts, text-based research, and close observations in the "field" (the chosen place), students will create a "mashup" of spatially referenced pop-up balloons. These will include researched and narrative prose, citations and links, and some visual images, embedded into a map via Google Earth technology. Through this unique presentation, the research and writing can encourage viewers to better understand the place they have chosen to study.
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Human Impact & Footprint
Transportation: Waterways to Interstate Highways
Charles Luckmann, Skagit Valley College
Students practice open-ended inquiry, guided inquiry, synthesis and expository writing as they explore personal and public modes of transportation, past and present, in the Puget Sound bioregion. This activity can be adapted to any region.
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Water & Watersheds, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice
Our World, Our Selves
Tim Walsh, South Seattle Community College
Students will understand how ethics and psycho-emotional factors influence our relationship to and our use of the natural world. Students will read, mark, and summarize text and will use writing as a tool to explore the connections between ethics, psychology, and sustainability.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Food Systems & Agriculture, Cultures & Religions, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste
Extending "The Land Ethic" and The Golden Rule to the Whole Biotic Community
Don Foran, The Evergreen State College and Centralia College
A component of an Introduction to Ethics course involving research and reporting on a specific sustainability issue. The class presentation will help the student think about extending Leopold's "Land Ethic" and "The Golden Rule" to the whole biotic community.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health