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Sustainability Activities

These 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.


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Article Review
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.

Environmentally Sustainable Mining
Stephen Kissin, Lakehead University
A field trip that illustrates a contrast between environmentally sustainable mining activity and a case of a lack of environmental planning in mining operation and closure.

How Can Models Be Used To Study Climate Change?
Ben Fackler-Adams, Skagit Valley College
Students utilize ice core data to develop a simple climate model, test it and then analyze, through reading IPCC materials, what other variables might need to be included in a model that more accurately predicts climate response to forcings. They are then asked to reflect on the use of models in scientific inquiry and on climate skeptics view of climate models.

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.




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