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Using Debates to Engage Students in Sustainability Controversies and Conundrums
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
A primary feature of this "Water and Sustainability" course is a series of 10 debates on controversial sustainability topics. Each student in the course participates in one of the debates.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Global, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies
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 Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice
Teaching about Teaching Sustainability
David Shapiro, Cascadia Community College
This course combines an in-class activity and a service-learning option. Students familiarize themselves with the dynamic behind a particular kind of human induced environmental challenge and then develop a lesson plan to teach the dynamic to younger students in a classroom setting.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Natural Resources
Meditation and Collection: "Garbage Reduction"
Gary L. Chamberlain, Seattle University
The course examines a number of unsustainable practices, the "worldview" or framework which emerged from the confluence of Christianity, the Renaissance and rise of modern science, and industrialization. We then examine new forms of Christian theological reflection leading to the construction of a framework reinforcing practices of sustainability and environmental justice.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Global, Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint
Who am I in a Changing Climate?
Karen Litfin, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Concluding a study of climate change in a course on Global Environmental Politics, stuents engage in a reflection exercise intended to develop their capacities for self-inquiry, self-awareness and integrative learning.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, 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 Scale: Global, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Cultures & Religions, Ethics & Values
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: Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice