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Environmental Footprint
Christina Gallup, University of Minnesota-Duluth
This activity has students do a web-based environmental footprint quiz and integrate their results into a class mean. The students compare their results by creating a bar graph and do some simple calculations to see how much of the Earth just the population of the US requires.

GEO-Logic: How Well Do You Know Your National Parks and Memorials
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
Students are asked to associate historical figures with a particular National Park or Memorial (and its size) as well as the number of points they scored in a fictitious game show, based on clues about the situation given from various perspectives.

Race and Space
Lindsay Custer, Cascadia Community College
This assignment exposes students to racial inequalities in their own communities and helps them to identify the impact of racial segregation on quality of life. The big ideas in this assignment are racial inequality, residential segregation, and environmental justice.

A Monarchy Deposed: The Demise of the Monarch Butterfly
Daniel Abel
Monarch butterflies (scientific name: Danaus plexippus) migrate annually to forests in central Mexico from Canada and California. Those surviving the 1200 - 2800 mile migration overwinter in Mexico. In this activity, students will learn about the conservation biology of monarch butterflies, threats to their survival, the implications of their potential extinction, and ways to protect the species.

What's for Dinner? Analyzing Historical Data about the American Diet
Jessica Libertini
In this activity, students research the historical food consumption data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to observe trends, develop regressions, predict future behavior, and discuss broader impacts.

Modeling: (1) Revenue Neutral Carbon Taxes; (2) Accelerated atmospheric C02 concentrations
Martin Walter
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?
Monika Kiss
This project will allow students to create a mathematical model to help in making decision about replacing HVAC units on a large scale.

Understanding Exponential Growth in the Context of Population Models
Corri Taylor, Wellesley College
This set of short assignments gives students practice with exponential models in the context of the growing human population.

Age Dependency Ratios: Numbers in Context
Eric Gaze, Bowdoin College
This activity involves computing dependency ratios and interpreting these numbers in context.