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Sustainability at Monmouth - Chemistry
Bradley Sturgeon, Monmouth College
I am a chemist/scientist; not a traditional chemist of years past, but one who approaches his work with an interdisciplinary attitude. As a scientist, all good ideas fall inside of my academic boundaries. In my traditional chemistry-related research, I explore enzyme-related science. In particular, I study enzyme generated free radicals and attempt to uncover the role (good and bad) of free radicals in biological systems. Chemistry, in general, has been a discipline that has provided technologies that has enabled civilizations to be non-sustainable. In the recent years chemist have provided technology that have enabled civilizations to be more aware of the need to engage in sustainable practices. As with the fore mentioned free radials, technology has a good and bad side that is not so evident at the time of development. In my traditional role as a chemistry instructor, I focus on foundational principles, the scientific method, and logic. I feel that these skills will allow our graduates to make sustainable decisions/choices and be productive citizens of our world. I introduce "green" or sustainability ideas/concepts whenever possible, although this is done as a secondary part of the educational process; I think I can approve in this area. I direct student-initiated projects dealing with solar panels, LED lighting, rain gardens, rain barrels, native plants, and soft drink design, all of which have "green" underlying concepts. I have an interest in thermal imaging as a means of promoting energy conservation, although I know very little on the topic.
Making Sustainability Visible
Thomas Beery, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Thomas Beery, Center for Environmental Education, University of Minnesota-DuluthSustainability is about people and the choices they make, ultimately it is a question of human behavior. A deliberate effort to ...
Sustainability in Mining Activity
Stephen Kissin, Lakehead University
Stephen Kissin, Geology, Lakehead University Northwestern Ontario is a vast area underlain by the Canadian Shield that has experienced mining activity for the past century and a half. The area, particularly the ...
Education for Sustainability
Jon Jensen, Luther College
How can I be a better teacher? How can I make my community and the world a better place through my work? Perhaps I am hopelessly idealistic but I believe that all of my colleagues in education share the goals embodied in these two questions. At one level they are simple questions, reflecting desires to do good work and to make a difference. But anyone who has spent much time in the classroom knows that the answers are rarely simple and the work involved in answering these questions is never complete.
Sustainability at Carleton
Aaron Swoboda, Carleton College Download essay as PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 39kB Jun8 10) The largest problem that confronts us as we try to take steps to make ourselves, our society, our cities, and our lifestyle more ...
Making Sustainability Real
Dan Vaughn, Vincennes University
Daniel Vaughn, Earth Science, Vincennes University I have found in teaching this course (an advanced introductory course open to majors and the non-majors alike), in addition to other classes at VU and other ...
Teaching Sustainability Through History
Derek Larson, Saint Johns University
Derek Larson, Environmental Studies, The College of St. Benedict/St. John's UniversityOur environmental studies department was created 20 years ago with the specific intention of interdisciplinarity in its ...
Sustainability at Beloit - Chemistry
Brock Spencer, Beloit College
My academic generation grew up with issues of population, resources, and the environment, which strongly influenced my developing interdisciplinary interests. Within my discipline, my physical chemistry course included a detour into entropy as applied to resources and the economic process, while our NSF-funded ChemLinks project produced topical modules that make it possible to build a general chemistry course around themes like global climate change, air pollution, acid rain, energy-efficient lighting, and fats in our diet. As we developed our program of First Year Seminars, mine dealt with food or water on a personal to global scale. My early courses for what eventually became an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Major included The Challenge of Global Change and Science and Environmental Policy.
Market Based Economies and Sustainability
Chris McIntosh, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Chris McIntosh, Economics, University of Minnesota-Duluth Sustainability must be taught in an interdisciplinary context due to the three major perspectives it encompasses: environmental, financial, and social. I ...
Demonstrating why sustainability is complex
Cailin Huyck Orr, Carleton College
Cailin Huyck Orr, School of the Environment, Washington State University - Pullman Promoting sustainability is complicated and I am not convinced that we always understand how to do it well. This makes teaching ...