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

Waste As A Resource
Ben Fackler-Adams, Skagit Valley College
Students understand the growing impact of waste and waste disposal on our environment and economy, and examines solutions to these issues through exploration of waste as a resource and the implementation of zero-waste manufacturing/building practices.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Geoscience, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Pollution & Waste

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

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

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 Discipline: English
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 Discipline: English
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 Discipline: Philosophy
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values

We're Screwed!
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 Discipline: Philosophy
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

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