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Learning Sustainability with Sim City part of Activities
Sim City is a computer game that has the player design a city. They become the mayor. While designing the city from ground, they can choose sustainaiblity energy options such as wind farms, geothermal, and solar. The game includes greening options and pollution factors. Teachers in a variety of disciplines can utilize this to bring their core course concepts to life.
Modeling: (1) Revenue Neutral Carbon Taxes; (2) Accelerated atmospheric C02 concentrations part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Martin Walter, University of Colorado at Boulder
Design a revenue neutral carbon tax and a plan for implementation; together with a model for what happens if we do not institute such a tax-system.
One day it is too hot and other days it is too cold. Do we need to replace the HVAC system? part of 2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
This project will allow students to create a mathematical model to help in making decision about replacing HVAC units on a large scale.
Social Change and the Climate Crisis: Toward a Sustainable Future part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Mary Lou Finley, Antioch University
Students gain hands-on research experience and increase their understanding of the applicability of theories of social change and further information about climate change.
Sustainable Solutions for an Aging Population part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Kathryn Keith, Pierce College
This activity will help students develop an understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of the lifespan, and in particular of the aging process; and, to further develop their ability to think long-term and multi-dimensionally as they apply anthropological concepts and approaches to a current issue in American society.
Renewable - But Is It Sustainable? part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Carol Burton, Bellevue Community College
Production of biofuels as an alternative energy source is not as simple as the media portray. This exercise enables students to practice critical thinking skills in evaluating the "value" of biofuels - a somewhat ambiguous concept.
Alternative Deicers: An Application of Freezing Point Depression part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Jennie Mayer and Daniel Mitchell, Bellevue Community College
Road deicers raise several environmental and cost concerns. In this activity students consider alternatives while investigating colligative properties.
Clothes Washers Life Cycle- Cost and Environmental Performance part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Christopher Quarles and Miguel Hernandez, Everett Community College
Students in math and business classes work together in groups to evaluate and compare cost and environmental performance of different clothes washers.
Mining Decisions: Developing New Perspectives on Mineral Extraction part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Katie Chenu, Seattle Community College-Central Campus
Students examine different stakeholder-perspectives with respect to a local mining project. Debate and discussion will highlight environmental, economic, and social justice issues.
Critical Thinking on Sustainable Food Production and Consumer Habits part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Michael Faucette, Seattle Central Community College
Students are assigned to research, write, take a position and present it on the complex issue of sustainable food production and consumer habits.