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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: Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Food Systems & Agriculture, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Ecosystem Health, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, 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: Cultures & Religions, Cycles & Systems, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Water & Watersheds, Lifestyles & Consumption, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint

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: Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture, Pollution & Waste, Ecosystem Health, Cultures & Religions

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: Global, Local Community/Watershed, Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health

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, Pollution & Waste, Human Health & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health

Evergreen State College