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Seeing Sustainability
Kate Davies, Center for Creative Change, Antioch University Seattle
This assignment requires students to reflective observations of a particular place and to identify signs of sustainability and unsustainability.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Design & Planning, Sense of Place, Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Lifestyles & Consumption

Reflective Writing in response to Invasive Species Removal
Karen Harding, Pierce College at Puyallup
This activities provided reflective writing prompts to be used in conjunction with a service learning project in a science course (Restoration Ecology).

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Geoscience, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Natural Resources, Human Impact & Footprint, Cycles & Systems, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Sense of Place

The Sustainability Triangle: How Do We Apply Science to Decision Making?
Brian Naasz, Pacific Lutheran University
This writing assignment uses the "Sustainable Development Triangle" as a framework to critically evaluate an environmental issue of the student's choice. This learning activity provides an opportunity for an introductory chemistry student to use the sustainability's "Triple Bottom Line" as a tool to use material learned in the classroom to look at how environmental science helps inform economic and social/cultural factors in the development of sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Pollution & Waste, Natural Resources, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Climate Change, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice

Acidification of Freshwater Streams and Lakes
Katy Olsen, Pierce College
Students research the acidification of freshwater streams and lakes, identify at least one of the sources, and determine how their daily activities contribute to the problem.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Human Impact & Footprint

The Sustainability of Place: Making Scholarship Public
Jill Gatlin, University of Washington
Students are assigned to observe and research a local place of their choosing and to develop a unique analytical argument about the social and/or ecological sustainability of this space. The final project is a pamphlet directed to a public audience accompanied by a proposal for its production and distribution.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice

What's Up With Your Stuff?
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
Through a quarter-long series of assignments students determine their ecological footprint and explore their relationship with consumer culture. Students are given an opportunity to participate in a "service-learning" activity.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Building a Public Knowledge Base: The Wikicadia Node Assignment
Todd Lundberg, Cascadia Community College
The center of this sequence of assignments is a collaborative, "New Media" writing project that involves publishing to a wiki a synthesis of knowledge about how humans inhabit places. Writers work in groups with others interested in a common sub-topic and develop information related to local places that local audiences who are invited to join the wiki may use.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption

Mapping Place, Writing Home: Using Interactive Compositions On and Off the Trail
Kate Reavey, Peninsula College
Students will choose a physical place to study, a site that is close enough to visit at least four times during the quarter/semester. Using writing prompts, text-based research, and close observations in the "field" (the chosen place), students will create a "mashup" of spatially referenced pop-up balloons. These will include researched and narrative prose, citations and links, and some visual images, embedded into a map via Google Earth technology. Through this unique presentation, the research and writing can encourage viewers to better understand the place they have chosen to study.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Human Impact & Footprint

Transportation: Waterways to Interstate Highways
Charles Luckmann, Skagit Valley College
Students practice open-ended inquiry, guided inquiry, synthesis and expository writing as they explore personal and public modes of transportation, past and present, in the Puget Sound bioregion. This activity can be adapted to any region.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Water & Watersheds, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Ecosystem Services and Environmental Economics
Claus Svendsen, Department of Environmental Conservation, Skagit Valley College
In this exercise, students explore the value of ecosystem services of an ecological restoration project that they are proposing. They will be able to compare the ecosystem services value to the cost of the restoration project.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Natural Resources, Water & Watersheds, Human Impact & Footprint, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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