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Tracking the Carbon Footprint in Drug Design-- Medical, Environmental, Social Implications
James Y. Chen, Sound Community College
In this activity, students conduct a lab exercise over three lab sessions by taking a small sample of a pharmaceutical compound, slightly modifying its chemical structure, purifying the modified product sample and analyzing it for yield, purity and identity.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Health & Wellbeing, Pollution & Waste
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 Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Social & Environmental Justice
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 Scale: National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste
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 Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice
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 Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values
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 Scale: Global, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Cultures & Religions, Ethics & Values
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 Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values
Extending "The Land Ethic" and The Golden Rule to the Whole Biotic Community
Don Foran, The Evergreen State College and Centralia College
A component of an Introduction to Ethics course involving research and reporting on a specific sustainability issue. The class presentation will help the student think about extending Leopold's "Land Ethic" and "The Golden Rule" to the whole biotic community.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice
Michael C. Kalton, University of Washington
This course is designed to address the interlocked problems of unwillingness to confront the dimensions of the environmental crisis and the feelings of helplessness and despair that often accompany perceiving the gravity of the situation.
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Climate Change, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health
Human Rights and the Environment
Tom Kerns, North Seattle Community College
Selecting one environmental situation students will learn about some basic human rights norms and then analyze that environmental situation in terms of those human rights norms.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies, Civil Society & Governance, Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice