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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 Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Pollution & Waste, Natural Resources, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Climate Change, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice
Researching Ocean Acidification in General Chemistry
Kalyn Shea Owens and Sonya Remington, North Seattle Community College
This research-based student project used the problem of ocean acidification to cover the sustainability concept of fossil fuel combustion and the disciplinary concepts of kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry and solubility.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Natural Resources, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
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, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Natural Resources, Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Impact & Footprint, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
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 Scale: National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Natural Resources