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Ethnographic Methods for Community Visioning
Karen Gaul, The Evergreen State College
This project involves students in substantial community-based ethnographic research. Working cooperatively together as a consultancy team, the students learn to use ethnographic and other research methods. They also learn to empower and give voice to various stakeholders and to assemble and synthesize data for a formal report.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Design & Planning, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Sense of Place

Alternative Deicers: An Application of Freezing Point Depression
Jennie Mayer and Daniel Mitchell, Bellevue Community College
Road deicers raise several environmental and cost concerns. In this activity students consider alternatives while investigating colligative properties.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Impact & Footprint

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: Global, Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture, Lifestyles & Consumption, Pollution & Waste

Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: Suggestions for Observing in Nature
Jean MacGregor, The Evergreen State College
A workshop for enabling students to sit quietly and observantly in the natural world.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies, Other, English, Biology
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard, Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

Quiet Noticing: Reflective Activities for Environmental Ethics
Mike Gillespie, University of Nebraska at Omaha
A series of reflective activities (quiet noticing:) that engage students personal dimensions of questions of values and ethical commitments, such as in environmental ethics courses. The activities and assignments might also be adaptable for other courses where a sustained reflective component is desired.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies, Philosophy
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus, Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Developing a Sense of Place with Pre-service Science Teachers
Andrew Gilbert, The Evergreen State College
The lesson content focuses on designing investigations concerning the notion of scale through a series of investigations on their campus. The overarching goal is to foster a connection to the earth through an investigation of the local environment.

Bioregion Discipline: Geography, Geoscience, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place

Making Our Campus More Sustainable and Democratic
Eric Chase, South Puget Sound Community College
With the goal of addressing sustainability within the bioregion, students will generate their own assessment of the needs of the particular learning institution in which they are a part. In a sense, this is a giant student generated service-learning project around the topic of campus sustainability.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies, :Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Human Impact & Footprint

A Lifestyle Project for the Humanities
Kevin O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University
Students take what they are learning in an introduction to environmental studies course and through a series of writing assignments, they can explore and choose an array of potential approaches to personal and social change.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Lifestyles & Consumption

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: Water & Watersheds, Human Impact & Footprint

Wilderness Practice within the Circumference of the Collegiate Home
Elizabeth Sikes, Seattle University
This is a field activity that reinforces the concept of what Gary Snyder calls "a practice of the wild," that is, a practice that engages and connects the whole person within the local ecological community broadly conceived.

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

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