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"The Great Turning" Bioregional Community Fair
Randy Morris, Antioch University Seattle
An activity that involves students in organizing, promoting, and conducting a bioregional community fair, as well as engaging in community-based research. This would be appropriate in any introductory course on sustainability that explores the needed changes in worldviews and behaviors in order to realize sustainable societies.
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sense of Place, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice
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 Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Cultures & Religions
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 Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Health & Wellbeing, Ecosystem Health, Lifestyles & Consumption
Organic Chemistry: Friend or Foe? An Organic Chemistry Special Investigation
Neal A. Yakelis, Pacific Lutheran University
Students are asked to work in teams to find a claim in the media relating to the impact of an organic compound (or class of organic compounds) on the environment and its inhabitants. Their chosen compound should have an effect on the sustainability of plant or animal life, or, in particular, the sustainability of human health.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Health & Wellbeing
Chemistry Laboratory Waste Evaluation
Tracy D. Harvey, University of Washington
From the scientific viewpoint, this evaluation will help the students see a process instead of just a data collection event, and they will get to practice estimating amounts. They will also need to determine the products of any reactions performed during the experiment. From the standpoint of sustainability, this evaluation is intended to help the student recognize the environmental "cost" of an experiment-in consumables used and in waste products generated.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste, Human Health & Wellbeing, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
How Many Plants Make a Future? The Carbon Dioxide Challenge
Rus Higley, Highline Community College Marine Science and Technology Center, Vanessa Hunt and Timothy Sorey, Central Washington University
This activity focuses on the role of photosynthesis in a sustainable future. Students explore the effect of photosynthesis and respiration in a 'closed systems' containing plankton, marine plants, and fish. By calculating carbon dioxide uptake and production in these systems, they predict a plant: animal ratio sufficient to maintain a system in carbon dioxide 'balance' for one hour.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change, Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
Using Reflection Activities in the Field to Deepen Student Learning
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
This activity offers one of the reflection activities we developed in our learning community "Exploring Natural History in Word and Field." In this class, the students learn about natural history by reading natural history essays and participating in field trips. In this activity, we use reflection before and during a field trip to an Old Growth Forest to help our students clarify their own stance for a Position Paper on whether and under what conditions logging should be allowed in Old Growth Forests.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice
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 Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice