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

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 Discipline: Environmental Studies, Geoscience
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Pollution & Waste, Social & Environmental Justice

Wants Versus Needs
Madeline Lovell, Seattle University
"Wants Versus Needs" is a two-part assignment given to students to encourage reflection on the materialism/consumption inherent in today's American society. This activity is designed to bring home to students the personal impact of materialism and advertising in America today.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies, Lifestyles & Consumption, Cultures & Religions, Social & Environmental Justice

Cascade Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project
Thomas W. Murphy, Edmonds Community College
This multi-term assignment introduces students to local indigenous stories, significant plants and animals of our region and some basic skills in reading animal tracks and signs.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology, Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning

Courting Environmental Justice: Science, Community Knowledge and Public Health
Lin Nelson, The Evergreen State College
While this module was developed when we followed the federal criminal case around WR Grace and asbestos exposure in a small Montana mining town, it can be adapted for a range of learning experiences regarding environmental justice, argumentation, strategizing, remediation and sustainability.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies, Human Health & Wellbeing, Pollution & Waste, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies

Delocalized Diets: Globalization, Food, and Culture
Mary L. Russell, Pierce College
This assignment addresses cultural sustainability by asking students to go beyond distinguishing between five subsistence strategies to examining the impact of globalization on diet and culture.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Local Community/Watershed, Regional, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Health & Wellbeing

Skeleton Keys: Bonified Biology
J. Brian Hauge, Peninsula College
This series of exercises focuses on: the importance of observation in science; the proper use of scientific terminology and writing; the interrelationships between anatomy and position in a food web or energy pyramid; the biology of exotic species; toxins in the environment; animal use; and, the evolutionary significance of each of these topics.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Food Systems & Agriculture, Ecosystem Health

What is Local?
William R. Teska, Pacific Lutheran University
Through a hands-on examination of a nature preserve/park in a nearby urban setting and with classroom discussions and activities, students become aware that individuals are affected differently by the preservation of nature or by development of natural resources.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Health & Wellbeing, Natural Resources, Sense of Place

Seeing Sustainability
Kate Davies, Center for Creative Change, Antioch University Seattle
This assignment requires students to reflective observations of a particular place and to identify signs of sustainability and unsustainability.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Design & Planning, Sense of Place, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Health & Wellbeing, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Environmental Justice in Tacoma: A Non-Majors Qualitative Assessment of Pollution and Public Policy in the Local Community
Jim Gawel, University of Washington- Tacoma
This activity is designed to get non-environmental majors to qualitatively examine their own community for evidence of environmental injustice. Using a mix of evidence from online sources (U.S. Census, EnviroMapper, Toxic Release Inventory, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, etc.) and field observations, student groups describe the population and pollution sources found within an assigned elementary school district in Tacoma.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption

Evergreen State College