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Sacred Meals: Food, Community and Place in Indigenous Traditions
Suzanne Crawford O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University
This assignment focuses on the importance of cultivating awareness of the interdependency of people and place. This core concept intersects with a central big idea of the course: how subsistence traditions maintain reciprocal relationships between human and ecological communities.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture

The True Cost of Clean Water: A General Chemistry Lab
Katie Gulliford, Tacoma Community College
Students investigate methods to purify a sample of "dirty" water to drinking water. They'll look at three different methods for purification: distillation, filtration, and iodine (I2) treatment. They then will calculate the monetary cost of purifying water.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Swimming Upstream: Relating Trapped Energy in Organic Hydrogenations to Use of Reduced Hydrocarbons as Energy Sources
Shane E. Hendrickson, Wenatchee Valley College
An activity designed to inform the student of the potential and pitfalls of storing energy by the generation of reduced organic molecules, particularly as pertains to the generation of ethanol from molecules of a greater oxidation state and the ultimate fate of oxidized carbon when the energy potential is realized. As a part of a discussion of sustainability issues, the activity will be part of a discussion of global energy generation and use and couched in a form similar to the US energy flow trends.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Human Health & Wellbeing, Natural Resources, Food Systems & Agriculture, Human Impact & Footprint, 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: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture

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

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

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: Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Health & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture

Sustaining Indigenous Cultures
Tori Saneda, Cascadia Community College
Student teams will research an indigenous culture focusing on issues of both cultural and environmental sustainability as they are related to modern development.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

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: Lifestyles & Consumption, Climate Change, Human Impact & Footprint, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice

Evergreen State College