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Courting Environmental Justice: Science, Community Knowledge and Public Health
Lin Nelson, The Evergreen State College
While this module was developed when we followed the federal criminal case around WR Grace and asbestos exposure in a small Montana mining town, it can be adapted for a range of learning experiences regarding environmental justice, argumentation, strategizing, remediation and sustainability.
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies, Promising Pedagogies
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 Scale: Regional, Global, National/Continental, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
Malaria & Global Warming
Dale Blum, Pierce College
This is a group mapping exercise that examines the many factors that affect the distribution and possible future distribution of malaria in North and South America.
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Heath & Wellbeing, Climate Change
Catching Cheaters: Using Salmon Phylogenetic Analysis to Identify Atlantic Salmon Mislabeled in Local Stores as Pacific Salmon
Erica Cline, University of Washington Tacoma
Students use phylogenetic analysis to identify farmed Atlantic salmon mislabeled as wild Pacific salmon by local stores and suppliers. This project allows students to apply molecular methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing to a real- world issue.
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Ecosystem Health
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 Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption, Pollution & Waste, Ecosystem Health
What is Local?
William R. Teska, Pacific Lutheran University
Through a hands-on examination of a nature preserve/park in a nearby urban setting and with classroom discussions and activities, students become aware that individuals are affected differently by the preservation of nature or by development of natural resources.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Natural Resources, Sense of Place
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 Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Pollution & Waste, Social & Environmental Justice, Human Heath & Wellbeing
Swimming Upstream: Relating Trapped Energy in Organic Hydrogenations to Use of Reduced Hydrocarbons as Energy Sources
Shane E. Hendrickson, Wenatchee Valley College
An activity designed to inform the student of the potential and pitfalls of storing energy by the generation of reduced organic molecules, particularly as pertains to the generation of ethanol from molecules of a greater oxidation state and the ultimate fate of oxidized carbon when the energy potential is realized. As a part of a discussion of sustainability issues, the activity will be part of a discussion of global energy generation and use and couched in a form similar to the US energy flow trends.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Natural Resources, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Impact & Footprint, Human Heath & Wellbeing
Toxic Hygiene: How Safe Is Your Bathroom?
Danielle Gray, Whatcom Community College
Students learn about potential safety and health concerns of personal hygiene products. Students examine labels and advertisements of these projects and then engage in rhetorical and cultural analysis of these advertisements.
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
Investigating Local Food: Meet Your Washington Farmers
June Johnson Bube, Seattle University
This assignment sequence seeks to stimulate students' thinking and writing about food production in the western Washington bioregion through a series of activities combining readings, class discussion, fieldwork, and writing assignments. Collaborative work in and outside of class culminates in students' interviewing local farmers and vendors at farmers markets and writing a surprising informative essay.
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Ecosystem Health, Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Heath & Wellbeing