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Using Debates to Engage Students in Sustainability Controversies and Conundrums
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
A primary feature of this "Water and Sustainability" course is a series of 10 debates on controversial sustainability topics. Each student in the course participates in one of the debates.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Cycles & Systems, Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies

How Did This Landscape Form? A Field-Based Exercise to Enhance Awareness of the Natural Environment
Lyn Gualtieri, Seattle University
In this activity students will investigate a landform (such as a waterfall or lake) in the field and apply the scientific method to come up with a geologic hypothesis. The focus of the activity is on making observations of the natural environment and fostering a "sense of place."

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Geoscience
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Sense of Place

Acidification of Freshwater Streams and Lakes
Katy Olsen, Pierce College
Students research the acidification of freshwater streams and lakes, identify at least one of the sources, and determine how their daily activities contribute to the problem.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Impact & Footprint, Water & Watersheds

Researching Ocean Acidification in General Chemistry
Kalyn Shea Owens and Sonya Remington, North Seattle Community College
This research-based student project used the problem of ocean acidification to cover the sustainability concept of fossil fuel combustion and the disciplinary concepts of kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry and solubility.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Natural Resources, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Transportation: Waterways to Interstate Highways
Charles Luckmann, Skagit Valley College
Students practice open-ended inquiry, guided inquiry, synthesis and expository writing as they explore personal and public modes of transportation, past and present, in the Puget Sound bioregion. This activity can be adapted to any region.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Pollution & Waste, Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption

Your Environmental Impact
Eric Baer and Mayra Hernandez, Highline Community College
The following homework assignments are designed to build understanding of personal water use, sewage, waste generation and disposal, pollution sources and impacts, and energy use and costs.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Mathematics
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Energy, Pollution & Waste, Water & Watersheds

Sound Science
Peg Balachowski and Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Everett Community College
An activity for a math/biology linked learning community in which students will collect, organize and analyze data related to the health of Puget Sound; experience the design of experiments in the sciences; apply mathematics to real biological issues that affect their lives; and develop an awareness of the personal and professional usefulness of mathematics, biology and modeling. Statistic students will act as consultants to the biology students and Biology students will in turn act as software analysts to help analyze trends as models are created.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Mathematics
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Learning Communities

Sally Salivates Seashells by the Seashore- Ocean Acidification and the Effect on Sea Shells
Rus Higley, Highline Community College, and Vanessa Hunt, Central Washington University
In this lesson we review "Acids and Bases" taught in a previous lesson and, through a scientific method, will look at the impact of an acid on different types of shells. Students will reinforce previous learning of scientific principles including acids/basis and will develop a real experiment using the scientific method.

Bioregion Discipline: Oceanography/Marine Studies, Environmental Studies, Mathematics
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Climate Change, Cycles & Systems, Water & Watersheds

Ecosystem Services and Environmental Economics
Claus Svendsen, Department of Environmental Conservation, Skagit Valley College
In this exercise, students explore the value of ecosystem services of an ecological restoration project that they are proposing. They will be able to compare the ecosystem services value to the cost of the restoration project.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Natural Resources, Water & Watersheds, Human Impact & Footprint, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Comparison of Traditional and Green Chemistry Methods for Extracting Essential Oils from Spices
Karyn Mlodnosky, Cascadia Community College
This assignment connects aspects of green chemistry and environmental stewardship with some of the skills and theory involved in natural products chemistry and separation methods.

Bioregion Discipline: Chemistry
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health

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