Robert Turner

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

University of Washington-Bothell Campus

Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Course Modules (3)

Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
Water is the most critical substance for the sustenance of life, but the prognosis for the quality and supply of water resources in much of the world is somewhere between troubling and dire. This module provides a ...

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Unit 1: What is Sustainability in the Context of Water? part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
In this three to four class unit, students will: Assess the case for a global water crisis and its relevance in America. Expand their understanding of sustainability as a contestable concept and movement. Consider ...

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Unit 2: Water Footprints part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
Unit 2 opens a window into water accounting and reveals intensive water use that few people think about. How much water goes into common commodities? Have you considered how much water it takes to support our ...

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Activities (5)

Unit 1: What is Sustainability in the Context of Water? part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
In this three to four class unit, students will: Assess the case for a global water crisis and its relevance in America. Expand their understanding of sustainability as a contestable concept and movement. Consider ...

InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
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Unit 2: Water Footprints part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
Unit 2 opens a window into water accounting and reveals intensive water use that few people think about. How much water goes into common commodities? Have you considered how much water it takes to support our ...

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Mapping Stormwater Runoff Infrastructure for the City of Bothell part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Term-long course activity for student groups to map the flow of stormwater runoff on newly developed or altered properties in and for the City of Bothell.

Using Debates to Engage Students in Sustainability Controversies and Conundrums part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
A primary feature of this "Water and Sustainability" course is a series of 10 debates on controversial sustainability topics. Each student in the course participates in one of the debates.

Courses (2)

Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
Water is the most critical substance for the sustenance of life, but the prognosis for the quality and supply of water resources in much of the world is somewhere between troubling and dire. This module provides a ...

InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
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Water and Sustainability part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Courses
This course provides a framework for students to learn about sustainability as a cultural ideal and point of contention, and more specifically about our water future and ways we might define and achieve ...

Essay (1)

The University of Washington Bothell Programs Relevant to Geoscience and Sustainability part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability:Essays
Robert J. Turner, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell Students at UW Bothell (UWB) looking for exposure to the geosciences and sustainability will find that most of the relevant ...

Other Contributions (3)

BA Environmental Studies at the University of Washington-Bothell part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability:Programs
Information for this profile was provided by Robert J. Turner, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington-Bothell Campus. Information is also available on the program website. Students ...

BS Environmental Science at the University of Washington-Bothell part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability:Programs
Information for this profile was provided by Robert J. Turner, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington-Bothell Campus. Information is also available on the program website. Students ...

Robert Turner: Using the Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability Module in Water and Sustainability at University of Washington-Bothell Campus part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
Engaging Students in the Unsustainability of Water Use The generation and inclusion of the InTeGrate Module (Water, Agriculture, and Sustainability) in my Water and Sustainability course is another big step in its gradual evolution. It started as hydrology light, which was unsatisfactory for everyone involved. Over time the sustainability aspects of the course grew to the extent that it squeezed out the water focus. This prompted me to take the bulk of what the course had become and generate a new course (Principles and Controversies of Sustainability) so I could pivot back to water challenges and opportunities in this course. The collaborative process that spawned the InTeGrate module has been instrumental in giving my course a well-considered pedagogical approach and new focus. Specifically, there are now more student-centered activities for each class and a new emphasis on agricultural practices as they impact water resources. The module provides the backbone for the logical progression of the course and the students find it both engaging and relatable. They most certainly come away from it with a much deeper sense of our water problems and how they connect to them. And the non-science majors find they can work with the scientific concepts just fine, while all the students gain a better understanding of what sustainability requires.