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Social Change and the Climate Crisis: Toward a Sustainable Future
Mary Lou Finley, Antioch University
Students gain hands-on research experience and increase their understanding of the applicability of theories of social change and further information about climate change.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Impact & Footprint, Climate Change, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Energy Resources: Considering the Sustainability of Past, Present, and Future Resource Consumption
Molly Lawrence and Max Bronsema, Western Washington University
Students consider the vast amount of past and present energy resources in the world, their distribution, as well as the sustainability of their use. It introduces the idea of resource consumption and distribution to high school students.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Climate Change

Modeling Atmospheric CO2 Data
John B. VanLeer, Cascadia Community College
In this activity, students will use actual CO2 data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii to create their own "Keeling Curve"; conduct an analysis of the data; and, attempt to match it to a mathematical function. They will then use the function to predict increases in CO2, both historical and future.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Mathematics
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change

Assessing Local Sea Level Rise
Ken Tabbutt, The Evergreen State College
Students will read primary scientific literature, work collaboratively, think critically, and utilize GIS as a tool to visualize and quantify spatial and temporal changes in hydrological systems.

Bioregion Discipline: Oceanography/Marine Studies, Environmental Studies, Geoscience
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change

The Vital Role of Soil in Sustainable Ecosystems
Midori Sakura, Cascadia Community College
In this natural science lab, students examine different soil profiles along a hillside. Understanding about topsoil formation and conservation is then related to sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestration and its importance in mitigating climate change.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Geoscience
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Climate Change

Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the County Level: A Collaborative Term Project to Enhance Understanding of Climate Modeling and Quantitative Reasoning
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus

Bioregion Discipline: Geoscience, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, Energy

Who am I in a Changing Climate?
Karen Litfin, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Concluding a study of climate change in a course on Global Environmental Politics, stuents engage in a reflection exercise intended to develop their capacities for self-inquiry, self-awareness and integrative learning.

Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Climate Change

Developing a Transportation Survey to Estimate Gasoline Use by Campus Commuters
Steven Bogart, Shoreline Community College
Through this activity, students in a liberal arts mathematics class will develop experience with real-world statistical concepts through the context of sustainability: estimation, survey writing, sampling techniques, and data analysis.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Geoscience, Mathematics
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, Natural Resources, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Exploring The Impact of Increased Acid Levels in Ocean Waters on Coral
Dharshi Bopegedera, The Evergreen State College
The goal of this laboratory is to help students understand that burning fossil fuels, which results in an increase in the acidity of ocean waters, has a detrimental impact on marine life (specifically coral but also other organisms that have calcium carbonate based shells).

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, Water & Watersheds, Social & Environmental Justice

What is the True Cost of Burning Coal?
Justin C. Lytle, Pacific Lutheran University
This activity is a framework for general chemistry students to explore the costs, ethics and alternatives to coal-fired electricity.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Climate Change, Energy

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