Sustainability ActivitiesThese activities have been submitted by faculty from a range of disciplines. The activities use a wide array of pedagogic approaches to address various aspects of sustainability, science and societal issues.
Subject: Environmental Science
- Water Quality and Quantity including water resource management, water quality and water treatment
- Energy sources, supply, reserves, uses
- Mineral Resources includes precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals, aggregate
- Soils and Agriculture
- Oceans and Coastal Resources
- Land Use and Planning planning, zoning, sprawl issues, urban heat island
- Human Population
- Global Change and Climate
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The Ecological Footprint Dilemma
Bruno Borsari, Winona State University
How big is your ecological footprint? This case will assist students in quantifying this construct and allow them to reflect on life styles and alternative approaches that can help them reduce their ecological impacts.
Lisa Harrington, Kansas State University
Students are given a choice of sources from which to choose an article relevant to the course (Sustainability Science) for review, including connection to other course content. Integration of article content with other course materials is an important component.
Sustainability Buffet -- What's in a Definition?
Laura Webb, University of Vermont and State Agricultural College
This is an introductory activity to generate student discussion and provoke thought on the definition of sustainability.
Financial Incentives of Open Access Resource Overuse
Chris McIntosh, University of Minnesota-Duluth
In this activiy when property rights are absent participants have financial incentive to take what they can get immediatly as opposed to waiting until the resource is more valuable. Adding strong property rights provides the proper finanacial incentives for students to wait to extract the resource when it is most valuable.
Using concept mapping to experientially introduce systems thinking
Meghann Jarchow, University of South Dakota
This activity uses concept mapping as a tool for students to experience the complexity that is inherent in many sustainability-related issues.
Seminar on Sustainability in Europe: What are the Limits of Possibility?
Mary Ann Cunningham, Vassar College
This field trip presents a model of an experiential exploration of sustainability systems and the limits of possible transfer of ideas from Europe to the US. In addition to experiential learning, our aim was to have in-depth, ongoing conversations in which to examine our assumptions and observations.
Game Assignment for Environmental Economics
Nelson Altamirano, National University
Game Assigment for Environmental Economics and Sustainability
Science, Complexity and Sustainability in the University of the Future
John Motloch, Ball State University
Series of seminars that build knowledge needed; and application of that knowledge to conceptualize a Regional University of the Future that could educate people to be societal leaders that help communities address the profound environmental, social and economic challenges of the present and future including: how to co-adapt with systems to produce an ecologically, socially and economically healthier world; how to live within nature's laws and limits; and how to help communities live within the dynamics of a place and culture to produce sustainable communities.
Exploring Easter Island Economics with Excel
Morris Coats, Nicholls State University
Back of the Envelope Calculations: Renewable Energy
Laura Rademacher, University of the Pacific
This is an example of a back of the envelope calculation of the payback period for a renewable energy installation.
Service-Learning to explore Sustainability
Tracy Lai, Seattle Community College-Central Campus
Service-Learning is a means of exploring sustainability and connecting experiential learning with academic study of the topic.
Pablo Toral, Beloit College
The students develop, implement and assess a project that will make our campus more sustainable.
Sustainable Urban Adventure
Thomas Beery, University of Minnesota-Duluth
In this field based activity students explore their new home in an effort to get acquainted with the community beyond the campus and to experience accessible recreation on a nationally recognized hiking trail. During the nature-based outdoor recreation experience, students explore a variety of natural and cultural history topics.
How Much Oil Leaked from Deepwater Horizon?
Stephen Boss, University of Arkansas Main Campus
Students develop an estimate of the total quantity of petroleum discharged from the Deepwater Horizon from 20 April to 15 July 2010 using only two known facts, the diameter of the riser and the flow rate of the oil/gas mixture emanating from the riser.
Analysis of trends in global oil reserves, production, and consumption
Scott Cummings, Kenyon College
An exercise to analyze trends in global oil reserves, production, and consumption.
Earth Resources in the Classroom
Maureen Muldoon, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
This is a brief, in-class exercise designed to get introductory students in a large-lecture class to appreciate that many of the things in their life are made from earth resources. I have the students break into small groups and then list five items in the classroom that contain earth resources and five things that do not contain earth resources.
Using Lab Measurements to Determine the Feasibility of a Photovoltaic Panel
Tom Termes, Black Hills State University
Using Lab Measurements to determine the power output of a solar module and the economic feasibility of photovoltaic panels
Introduction to Global Climate Change Through Classroom Discussion
Becca Edwards, Southwestern University
A classroom discussion about global climate change designed for a general undergraduate classroom. Discussion is facilitated by a 10-15 minute brainstorming session or gallery walk.
Stabilization Wedges Game
David Kobilka, Central Lakes College-Brainerd
Learning about complexities carbon stabilization firsthand with the Princeton University Carbon Mitigation Initiave's Sabilization Wedges Game
Offshore wind or offshore oil?
Noah Snyder, Boston College
An introductory environmental science project tasking students with comparing offshore oil and wind power development.