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Race and Space
Lindsay Custer, Cascadia Community College
This assignment exposes students to racial inequalities in their own communities and helps them to identify the impact of racial segregation on quality of life. The big ideas in this assignment are racial inequality, residential segregation, and environmental justice.

Bioregion Discipline: Geography, Environmental Studies, Sociology
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values, Sense of Place

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, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Climate Change

Sustainable Solutions for an Aging Population
Kathryn Keith, Pierce College
This activity will help students develop an understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of the lifespan, and in particular of the aging process; and, to further develop their ability to think long-term and multi-dimensionally as they apply anthropological concepts and approaches to a current issue in American society.

Bioregion Discipline: Economics, Sociology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard, Global, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Renewable - But Is It Sustainable?
Carol Burton, Bellevue Community College
Production of biofuels as an alternative energy source is not as simple as the media portray. This exercise enables students to practice critical thinking skills in evaluating the "value" of biofuels - a somewhat ambiguous concept.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Social & Environmental Justice

Alternative Deicers: An Application of Freezing Point Depression
Jennie Mayer and Daniel Mitchell, Bellevue Community College
Road deicers raise several environmental and cost concerns. In this activity students consider alternatives while investigating colligative properties.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Impact & Footprint

Clothes Washers Life Cycle- Cost and Environmental Performance
Christopher Quarles and Miguel Hernandez, Everett Community College
Students in math and business classes work together in groups to evaluate and compare cost and environmental performance of different clothes washers.

Bioregion Discipline: Mathematics, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption

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 Discipline: Environmental Studies, Geoscience
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste

Critical Thinking on Sustainable Food Production and Consumer Habits
Michael Faucette, Seattle Central Community College
Students are assigned to research, write, take a position and present it on the complex issue of sustainable food production and consumer habits.

Bioregion Discipline: English, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture, Lifestyles & Consumption

Where/How Do We Live: The Power of Ads and Sustainability
Arlene Plevin, Olympia College
This writing/thinking activity invites students to consider the power of advertisements and how they live in the world. Beginning with deconstructing ads, this activity has students appreciating the power of visual rhetoric and what strategies might be employed to persuade them. Students consider the cultural milieu of ads and the concepts of sustainability they promote (or don't).

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

A Lifestyle Project for the Humanities
Kevin O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University
Students take what they are learning in an introduction to environmental studies course and through a series of writing assignments, they can explore and choose an array of potential approaches to personal and social change.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Lifestyles & Consumption

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