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Race, Class, Gender and the Earth Crisis: Sustainability and Social Justice Meet
Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Seattle University
Students work collaboratively to construct knowledge about the intersection of social justice and ecological integrity. Students will chose a consumer product that has adverse ecological and social justice impacts and develop a set of proposals for action that would challenge, dismantle or diminish those adverse consequences.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Learning Communities, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health

"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 Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health

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

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 Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Health & Wellbeing, Ecosystem Health

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 Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Human Health & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health

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 Discipline: Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Climate Change, Ecosystem Health

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 Discipline: Environmental Studies, History, Sociology
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice

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