Skagit Valley College
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Waste As A Resource part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This activity utilizes an approach based on the three key findings of the National Academies' report, How People Learn (see the link in Learning Goals section) to help students understand the growing impact of waste and waste disposal on our environment and economy, and examines solutions to these issues through exploration of waste as a resource and the implementation of zero-waste manufacturing/building practices.
How Can Models Be Used To Study Climate Change? part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
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.
Pathways To Sustainability: A Learning Community Focusing on Transportation, Power Generation, and Food part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Courses
This course explores the concept of sustainability and its application in three areas (transportation, power generation, and food). The course is a fusion of a conceptual chemistry course and a introductory social science course and is usually team-taught with my colleague Larry Sult. We utilize the concepts from chemistry and social science to explore: (1) the scientific basis, and social- and economic contexts of issues around transportation, power generation, and food and (2) achieving sustainability in those areas. We place particular emphasis on identifying specific stepping stones on the pathway from problems to solutions in these areas. One of our philosophical approaches is to utilize different scales of exploration, so we have students engage in assignments (see below) utilizing local- (transportation), regional- (power generation), and global (food) scales of exploration.
Sustainability: The Key To Student Engagement part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Benjamin Fackler-Adams, Physical Sciences, Skagit Valley College As an "Instructor of Interdisciplinary Science" at a community college that teaches numerous interdisciplinary, team-taught learning ...