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Estimating Greenhouse Gas Offsets as Part of Shoreline Community College's Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Charles Dodd, Shoreline Community College
This is a service-learning project for students in Geography 204 (Weather, Climate and Ecosystems). Students will assess prior estimates of carbon offsets associated with plant and soil biomass on their college campus; and as a result, they will understand the complexity of measuring the complex sources of carbon emissions and offsets; address the challenges of coordinating data collection and field measurement; and realize importance of estimation in public policy contexts.

Bioregion Discipline: Geography, Mathematics
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Climate Change

Interconnectedness in The Upanishads and Upon Our Sheds
James Schneider, South Puget Sound Community College
In this workshop students gain understanding of the Hindu concept of monism and how it can be related to the sustainability concept of interconnectedness to classroom community as well as the natural environment on campus.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

An Environmental Analysis of Lake Waughop
Karen Harding, Pierce College
Through an analysis of water quality in a nearby lake, students are introduced to basic chemical techniques such as titrations (both acid/base and oxidation/reduction), atomic absorption spectrometry, and uv/vis spectrometry

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

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

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: Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice

An Assessment of Riparian Vegetation in a Human-Influenced Landscape
Lisa Carlson, Centralia College
Given that humans historically have heavily used rivers and the lands along them for agriculture, transportation and other activities, how does human impact currently affect riparian ecosystems in a rural region? Students will address this question through several activities.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health

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

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

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

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, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies, :Civic Engagement & Service Learning

Evergreen State College