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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: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sense of Place

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: National/Continental, Regional, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption

Doing Sociology: Media Portrayals of [Over]Consumption
Kayleen U. Oka, Seattle Central Community College
This assignment aims to illuminate connections among consumption/capitalism, media/ideology and the degradation of the environment. It also serves to introduce students to the data collection method of content analysis.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption, Pollution & Waste

What is the True Cost of Burning Coal?
Justin C. Lytle, Pacific Lutheran University
This activity is a framework for general chemistry students to explore the costs, ethics and alternatives to coal-fired electricity.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Climate Change, Energy

Wants Versus Needs
Madeline Lovell, Seattle University
"Wants Versus Needs" is a two-part assignment given to students to encourage reflection on the materialism/consumption inherent in today's American society. This activity is designed to bring home to students the personal impact of materialism and advertising in America today.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Delocalized Diets: Globalization, Food, and Culture
Mary L. Russell, Pierce College
This assignment addresses cultural sustainability by asking students to go beyond distinguishing between five subsistence strategies to examining the impact of globalization on diet and culture.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional, Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Health & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice

Evergreen State College