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Interviewing the Past: Developing a Sense of Place through Oral Histories
Bob Abel, Olympic College
Local changes in climate, flora, fauna, and the human population can be anecdotally explored through interviews with long time locals.

Bioregion Discipline: Geography, English, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Sense of Place

Garbage Archaeology
Gem Baldwin, Edmonds Community College
Students will look at the garbage we create as a culture in a deeper and more connected way and theorizing about the culture that creates and uses it. Designed for use in an online course, it could certainly be adapted for use in grounded courses as well.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Pollution & Waste

Indigenous Food Relationships: Sociological Impacts on the Coast Salish People
Ane Berrett, Nothwest Indian College
In this unit, students will analyze the macro level of societal influences which have interrupted micro level ecological relationship between plant and man. Sociological concepts such as sub culture, dominant culture, stages of historical change (Hunter Gatherer societies to Technological societies), stratification and poverty will be addressed through the sociological perspective. Students will experience solutions of sustainability which are interdependent with local place and people. Learning activities involve using the "citizen's argument," oral presentations, portfolio creation, written reflections and experiential service learning projects.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Sociology, Biology
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Food Systems & Agriculture, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Cultures & Religions, Sense of Place

Native Plants, Native Peoples: Ethnobotany of the Puget Sound Bioregion
Liz Fortenbery, Tacoma Community College
Students gain a small glimpse into a native knowledge system and the relationship between people and plants, and thus begin to develop or strengthen their own relationship to native plants and the Puget Sound watershed.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions

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

Sustaining Indigenous Cultures
Tori Saneda, Cascadia Community College
Student teams will research an indigenous culture focusing on issues of both cultural and environmental sustainability as they are related to modern development.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Climate Instability and Disease
Clarissa Dirks, The Evergreen State College
The module was designed to introduce students to a variety of biological processes of infectious disease that are connected through human activities and climate instability.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Cultures & Religions, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint

Toxic Hygiene: How Safe Is Your Bathroom?
Danielle Gray, Whatcom Community College
Students learn about potential safety and health concerns of personal hygiene products. Students examine labels and advertisements of these projects and then engage in rhetorical and cultural analysis of these advertisements.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Heath & Wellbeing, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

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: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice, Cultures & Religions, Ethics & Values

Building a Public Knowledge Base: The Wikicadia Node Assignment
Todd Lundberg, Cascadia Community College
The center of this sequence of assignments is a collaborative, "New Media" writing project that involves publishing to a wiki a synthesis of knowledge about how humans inhabit places. Writers work in groups with others interested in a common sub-topic and develop information related to local places that local audiences who are invited to join the wiki may use.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption

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