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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 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

Bottled Versus Tap Water: What You Drink and Why
Marie Villarba, Seattle Central Community College
In the activity students learn about the properties of solutions, acidity and pH, electrolytes versus non-electrolytes, and solution concentration. Hopefully, this activity will also dispel common misconceptions about tap water and bottled beverages.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Lifestyles & Consumption, Pollution & Waste, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Cultures & Religions, Social & Environmental Justice

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, Pollution & Waste, Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption

Your Environmental Impact
Eric Baer and Mayra Hernandez, Highline Community College
The following homework assignments are designed to build understanding of personal water use, sewage, waste generation and disposal, pollution sources and impacts, and energy use and costs.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Mathematics
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Pollution & Waste, Water & Watersheds

Chemistry Laboratory Waste Evaluation
Tracy D. Harvey, University of Washington
From the scientific viewpoint, this evaluation will help the students see a process instead of just a data collection event, and they will get to practice estimating amounts. They will also need to determine the products of any reactions performed during the experiment. From the standpoint of sustainability, this evaluation is intended to help the student recognize the environmental "cost" of an experiment-in consumables used and in waste products generated.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Health & Wellbeing, Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste

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

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

Is The Water Safe for Aquatic Life?
Sue Habeck, Tacoma Community College
In this field activity students ponder sustainability issues such as point and non-point sources of pollution (including personal contributions), impacts of pollution, and potential mitigations.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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