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Mining Decisions: Developing New Perspectives on Mineral Extraction
Katie Chenu, Seattle Community College-Central Campus
Students examine different stakeholder-perspectives with respect to a local mining project. Debate and discussion will highlight environmental, economic, and social justice issues.
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste
Waste As A Resource
Ben Fackler-Adams, Skagit Valley College
Students understand the growing impact of waste and waste disposal on our environment and economy, and examines solutions to these issues through exploration of waste as a resource and the implementation of zero-waste manufacturing/building practices.
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Pollution & Waste
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 Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Pollution & Waste
Mapping Stormwater Runoff Infrastructure for the City of Bothell
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Term-long course activity for student groups to map the flow of stormwater runoff on newly developed or altered properties in and for the City of Bothell.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Pollution & Waste, Design & Planning, Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Cycles & Systems
Sustainability, Nuclear Waste, and the Hanford Site
John VanLeer, Cascadia Community College
An introduction to the Hanford Site in Washington, including its history, geology, and hydrology, and examines the sustainability issues associated with it.
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste