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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 Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Cycles & Systems, Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies

Sally Salivates Seashells by the Seashore- Ocean Acidification and the Effect on Sea Shells
Rus Higley, Highline Community College, and Vanessa Hunt, Central Washington University
In this lesson we review "Acids and Bases" taught in a previous lesson and, through a scientific method, will look at the impact of an acid on different types of shells. Students will reinforce previous learning of scientific principles including acids/basis and will develop a real experiment using the scientific method.

Bioregion Discipline: Oceanography/Marine Studies, Environmental Studies, Mathematics
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Climate Change, Cycles & Systems, Water & Watersheds

Detox Me: How To Reduce Your Exposure To Toxins Found In Everyday Products
Surya Tewari, Bellevue Community College
I use the topic when I am discussing cancer in either nutrition or biology class. Talking about genetic and environmental factors that can increase the incidence of cancer, and the homework, helps students understand how adjusting their environment can help reduce their risk for developing cancer.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Biology
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health, Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Health & Wellbeing, Civil Society & Governance

Organic Chemistry: Friend or Foe? An Organic Chemistry Special Investigation
Neal A. Yakelis, Pacific Lutheran University
Students are asked to work in teams to find a claim in the media relating to the impact of an organic compound (or class of organic compounds) on the environment and its inhabitants. Their chosen compound should have an effect on the sustainability of plant or animal life, or, in particular, the sustainability of human health.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Health & Wellbeing, Cycles & Systems, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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 Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Cultures & Religions, Ecosystem Health, Food Systems & Agriculture

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 Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Global, Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Pollution & Waste, Social & Environmental Justice

Sacred Food and Carbon Footprint
Hirsh Diamant, The Evergreen State College
This activity examines how understanding cultural or religious studies and ecology can help us to become grounded, focused, mindful, and engaged world citizens.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Cultures & Religions

Climate Instability and Disease
Clarissa Dirks, The Evergreen State College
The module was designed to introduce students to a variety of biological processes of infectious disease that are connected through human activities and climate instability.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry, Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Health & Wellbeing, Cultures & Religions, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint

Marine Debris: Fishing for Microplastics in Your Home
Julie Masura, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
Students engage with the issue of plastics found in the ocean environment, by exploring products in their homes which contain plastics; they also learn how to calculate the concentration of plastics found in a chosen personal care product.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Oceanography/Marine Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, 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 Discipline: Philosophy, English
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values

Evergreen State College