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Race and Space
Lindsay Custer, Cascadia Community College
This assignment exposes students to racial inequalities in their own communities and helps them to identify the impact of racial segregation on quality of life. The big ideas in this assignment are racial inequality, residential segregation, and environmental justice.

Bioregion Discipline: Geography, Sociology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice

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: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice, 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: Human Impact & Footprint, Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Virtues and Climate Change
Stephan Beck, The Evergreen State College
Students create an essay to respond to the question: "What virtues does our society need to foster in people in order for us to be able to respond appropriately to climate change?"

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Climate Change

Extending "The Land Ethic" and The Golden Rule to the Whole Biotic Community
Don Foran, The Evergreen State College and Centralia College
A component of an Introduction to Ethics course involving research and reporting on a specific sustainability issue. The class presentation will help the student think about extending Leopold's "Land Ethic" and "The Golden Rule" to the whole biotic community.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy, English
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health

Ethics, Gender, and Climate Change
Sandra Johanson, Green River Community College
The purpose of the assignment is twofold: first, to expose students to what is sometimes called a "feminist" or "care" perspective in ethics. The second is for students to apply these abstract ideas in ethics to the very real and complex issues relating to climate change in environmental ethics.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Ethics & Values, Climate Change

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: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Climate Change, Social & Environmental Justice, Ethics & Values, Ecosystem Health

Human Rights and the Environment
Tom Kerns, North Seattle Community College
Selecting one environmental situation students will learn about some basic human rights norms and then analyze that environmental situation in terms of those human rights norms.

Bioregion Discipline: Philosophy, Political Science/Policy, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies, Civil Society & Governance, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice

Community Questions, Global Answers, and the Ethics of Environmental Responsibility
Amos Nascimento, University of Washington Tacoma
This submission is both a course and an activity using the bioregion as a resource for environmental ethics. The first part of the course is devoted to questions (fact gathering) related to the bioregion. The second part is reflecting and focused on global answers.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice, Civil Society & Governance, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

Evergreen State College