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

Slight of Hand: Egoism and the Tragedy of the Commons
Ty Barnes, Green River Community College
Students are introduced to a theory in the Normative Ethics of Behavior (NEB) known as Hedonic Ethical Egoism. They will learn to present and explain the "Invisible Hand Argument for Hedonic Ethical Egoism" shown to depend on the following assumption: that the community as a whole is better off if everyone acts selfishly. This assumption is false as the "Tragedy of the Commons" will show.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Impact & Footprint, Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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

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

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

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: Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture

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: Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies

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: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health

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: Promising Pedagogies, Social & Environmental Justice, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies, Pollution & Waste

Doing Sociology: Media Portrayals of [Over]Consumption
Kayleen U. Oka, Seattle Central Community College
This assignment aims to illuminate connections among consumption/capitalism, media/ideology and the degradation of the environment. It also serves to introduce students to the data collection method of content analysis.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption

Evergreen State College