Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of the Pacific
Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Non-traditional and under-represented students in hydrogeology: Learning by discovery in an urban environment part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
An example of student-driven, instructor-guided field experiments on a budget. Schools that cater to under-represented students are often those with limited resources, however, student-driven discovery in the field is an effective tool for engaging students in the natural environment and in hydrogeology. Effective strategies for addressing the special needs of urban students are essential for successful implementation of a field-based learning experience.
Back of the Envelope Calculations: Renewable Energy part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Throughout an introductory level course highlighting sustainability themes, students do a number of Back of the Envelope Calculations to put the large numbers related to energy into perspective. In this calculation for the feasibility of applying wind energy to a new housing development, students are asked to determine the estimated payback time and assess the value of installing a wind turbine to provide electricity to the development. The students discuss the pros and cons of incorporating renewable energy installations into community planning in the context of previous lessons on fossil fuels and renewables.
Its Not Easy Being Green part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Courses
This course will address the real-life challenges of environmental sustainability through examination of the scientific, socio-economic, and political factors that govern sustainability in complex systems. Students who take this course will be challenged to improve their personal capacities to influence change in pursuit of environmental sustainability at individual, community, and global scales. Thus, this course will focus on the themes of citizenship and human relations to the natural world from Pacific Seminar I.
Making Connections between Geoscience and Sustainability part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Laura Rademacher, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of the Pacific My approach to teaching sustainability in an interdisciplinary context has evolved out of years of teaching about the Earth and the ...