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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, Global, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies

Reflective Writing in response to Invasive Species Removal
Karen Harding, Pierce College at Puyallup
This activities provided reflective writing prompts to be used in conjunction with a service learning project in a science course (Restoration Ecology).

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Geoscience, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Natural Resources, Human Impact & Footprint, Cycles & Systems, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Sense of Place

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, Lifestyles & Consumption, Water & Watersheds, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

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

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, Human Health & Wellbeing, Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

The High Cost of High Tech: Environmental and Human Costs of Metals
Carla Whittington, Highline Community College
Students conduct independent research on metal and metal ores resources, including exploring the human and environmental costs of metal mining, consumption, disposal, and recycling. A series of worksheets, completed outside of class, guide students in examining their own use and consumption of metals, learn the true importance of metals in their lives, and the impact of resource consumption to the human community.

Bioregion Discipline: Geoscience, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, 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

Mapping Stormwater Runoff Infrastructure for the City of Bothell
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Term-long course activity for student groups to map the flow of stormwater runoff on newly developed or altered properties in and for the City of Bothell.

Bioregion Discipline: Geoscience, Environmental Studies, Geography
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Design & Planning, Pollution & Waste, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Water & Watersheds, Cycles & Systems

Evergreen State College