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Water Neutrality Design Charette

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This is a partially developed activity description. It is included in the collection because it contains ideas useful for teaching even though it is incomplete.


In this in-class design charette, students work in design teams comprised of different disciplines. The goal of the team composition is to include one engineer, one geoscientist, and one student from a different major. The students are asked to work through the design of a water management plan for the University of Utah to achieve water neutrality. Students are expected to work with their disciplinary tools to identify infrastructure needs, environmental impacts, cost, social impacts, and more. The final product after a two class session includes a brief report and a short presentation.

Learning Goals

The should learn the elements of water management including infrastructure, institutions, planning, climate impacts, and sustainability (cost, environmental impacts, and social impacts).

Context for Use

It is appropriate for upper level students that have solid working knowledge in their disciplinary area. It is incorporated into my multidisciplinary course in near the midpoint of the semester when students know each other and have been experiencing multiple perspectives and learning to work with multiple disciplines.

Description and Teaching Materials

See attached file. Campus Water Neutrality (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 19kB Feb12 13)

Teaching Notes and Tips


Students are assessed in teams based on their report (written and oral).

References and Resources

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