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Interconnectedness in The Upanishads and Upon Our Sheds
James Schneider, South Puget Sound Community College
In this workshop students gain understanding of the Hindu concept of monism and how it can be related to the sustainability concept of interconnectedness to classroom community as well as the natural environment on campus.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Sustainable Public Health: Walkable Neighborhoods, Obesity and Diabetes in the Bioregion
Jean McFarland, Edmonds Community College
Students generate hypothesis regarding the causes and consequences of obesity. Based on these putative causes and consequences they propose sustainable solutions (e.g. walkable neighborhoods, community gardens, etc.) that would be appropriate for and effective in their bioregion.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption

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

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 Heath & 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

Evergreen State College