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Sustainability Buffet -- What's in a Definition? part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
This is a very simple introductory activity to generate student discussion on the definition of sustainability. It can be modified for almost any course, setting, or specific classroom context. At the sustainability buffet, students peruse a variety of written and graphic expressions of what defines sustainability. The definitions include of those of individuals, organizations, companies, etc. Students are asked to choose a preferred and least preferred definition to share with the group, explaining why their choices were made.
Petrology part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Courses
The course is an introduction to the scope and methods of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology. Through lecture, class discussions, and laboratory exercises, students learn about the classification, compositions, textures, tectonic environments, and processes relevant to the major rock types. The class also investigates issues related to sustainability of non-renewable natural resources such as minerals, ore deposits, and oil and gas.
Geosciences in Sustainability: Upstream, Downstream, and in Between part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Laura Webb, Geology, University of Vermont and State Agricultural College I am relatively new to teaching about sustainability and one year ago I wouldn't have predicted being on this path. The inspiration to ...