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The High Cost of High Tech: Environmental and Human Costs of Metals
Carla Whittington, Highline Community College
Students conduct independent research on metal and metal ores resources, including exploring the human and environmental costs of metal mining, consumption, disposal, and recycling. A series of worksheets, completed outside of class, guide students in examining their own use and consumption of metals, learn the true importance of metals in their lives, and the impact of resource consumption to the human community.

Bioregion Discipline: Geoscience, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Pollution & Waste

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: Oceanography/Marine Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste

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 Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Sustainability and Changing Rates of Change
Christopher Coughenour, The Evergreen State College
To understand sustainability, students must understand rates of change. This activity includes a primer on basic rates concepts and an exercise that motivates critical thinking about rates of change and sustainability with an analysis of historical petroleum production rates data from the United States and the world.

Bioregion Discipline: Mathematics, Geoscience, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy

Tracking the Carbon Footprint in Drug Design-- Medical, Environmental, Social Implications
James Y. Chen, Sound Community College
In this activity, students conduct a lab exercise over three lab sessions by taking a small sample of a pharmaceutical compound, slightly modifying its chemical structure, purifying the modified product sample and analyzing it for yield, purity and identity.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Pollution & Waste

How Clean is Nuclear Energy? An Evaluation of the Environmental Impacts of Nuclear Power as an Alternative Energy Source
Joyce Dinglasan-Panlilio, University of Washington Tacoma
This writing assignment is in lieu of a laboratory activity during the discussion of nuclear chemistry within the general chemistry curriculum.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Natural Resources

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