Earth and Environmental Sciences
Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Offshore wind or offshore oil? part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
In this project assignment, students write a report exploring the pros and cons of offshore wind power generation and offshore oil exploration. It was motivated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and a Massachusetts initiative to develop an offshore wind farm. The goal is for students to collect information from a variety of sources, make some basic calculations, and use these to take a position. Ideally, the students gain a perspective on the scales of energy production and environmental impact, and get experience defending a position using quantitative information.
How do we teach the science of sustainability? part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Noah Snyder, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College The workshop introduction begins with the statement: "Sustainability is emerging as a central theme for teaching about the environment, whether it ...