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Plant People
Rob Efird, Seattle University
This integrated outdoor-learning, research and reflection exercise gives students a first-hand familiarity with local native plants and their significance in local native societies.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology, Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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

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

Nature and Food
Liz Campbell, Seattle Central Community College
In this activity students read articles or excerpts of books to explore the topic of sustainability in terms of food webs, roles of plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria and their own food choices. Students continue their exploration of these kingdoms with a visit to a farmers' market and a grocery store to compare locally grown foods and grocery store selections.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Biology
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Making Our Campus More Sustainable and Democratic
Eric Chase, South Puget Sound Community College
With the goal of addressing sustainability within the bioregion, students will generate their own assessment of the needs of the particular learning institution in which they are a part. In a sense, this is a giant student generated service-learning project around the topic of campus sustainability.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies

Visualizing Social Justice in South Seattle: Data Analysis, Race, and The Duwamish River Basin
Eunice Blavascunas, University of Washington
We examine the factors of race and environmental contamination, starting from the premise (and data proving) that race is not a biological, scientifically valid category, but a social, historical construction with real world consequences for equal access to health, resources, and power.

Bioregion Discipline: History, Environmental Studies, Sociology
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health

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

Is The Water Safe for Aquatic Life?
Sue Habeck, Tacoma Community College
In this field activity students ponder sustainability issues such as point and non-point sources of pollution (including personal contributions), impacts of pollution, and potential mitigations.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry, Biology
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Pollution & Waste, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint, Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health

Ecosystem Services and Environmental Economics
Claus Svendsen, Department of Environmental Conservation, Skagit Valley College
In this exercise, students explore the value of ecosystem services of an ecological restoration project that they are proposing. They will be able to compare the ecosystem services value to the cost of the restoration project.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Natural Resources, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Using Debates to Engage Students in Sustainability Controversies and Conundrums
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
A primary feature of this "Water and Sustainability" course is a series of 10 debates on controversial sustainability topics. Each student in the course participates in one of the debates.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global, Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Water & Watersheds, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies

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