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The Sustainability Triangle: How Do We Apply Science to Decision Making?
Brian Naasz, Pacific Lutheran University
This writing assignment uses the "Sustainable Development Triangle" as a framework to critically evaluate an environmental issue of the student's choice. This learning activity provides an opportunity for an introductory chemistry student to use the sustainability's "Triple Bottom Line" as a tool to use material learned in the classroom to look at how environmental science helps inform economic and social/cultural factors in the development of sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Natural Resources, Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Climate Change, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture

Writing and Walking, Pilgrimage and Process: Working with the Essays of Linda Hogan & Henry David Thoreau
Rebecca Chamberlain, The Evergreen State College
By comparing and contrasting the essays of Hogan and Thoreau, students begin to develop a more complex understanding of their own identity and sense of place; the historical and cultural context around issues of sustainability and environmental ethics.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

The Sustainability of Place: Making Scholarship Public
Jill Gatlin, University of Washington
Students are assigned to observe and research a local place of their choosing and to develop a unique analytical argument about the social and/or ecological sustainability of this space. The final project is a pamphlet directed to a public audience accompanied by a proposal for its production and distribution.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Toxic Hygiene: How Safe Is Your Bathroom?
Danielle Gray, Whatcom Community College
Students learn about potential safety and health concerns of personal hygiene products. Students examine labels and advertisements of these projects and then engage in rhetorical and cultural analysis of these advertisements.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Health & Wellbeing

Recognizing the Impact of Dominant Culture Privilege
Robin Jeffers, Bellevue Community College
This sequence of five assignments, starting with the study of texts, has students taking a look at the concept of dominant culture privilege and then moving them out into their own world to analyze what they're seeing there.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Global, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Ethics & Values, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice, Cultures & Religions

Investigating Local Food: Meet Your Washington Farmers
June Johnson Bube, Seattle University
This assignment sequence seeks to stimulate students' thinking and writing about food production in the western Washington bioregion through a series of activities combining readings, class discussion, fieldwork, and writing assignments. Collaborative work in and outside of class culminates in students' interviewing local farmers and vendors at farmers markets and writing a surprising informative essay.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Health & Wellbeing, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture

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

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

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: Ethics & Values, Human Impact & Footprint, 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: Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice

Evergreen State College