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Sustainable Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama, The
This four-hour natural science course provides an understanding of important Earth resources and how their utilization impacts the environment through water pollution, air pollution and hazardous waste production. Laboratory includes an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and field trips to local sites of environmental interest.

World Energy Systems part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Anne Hall, Emory University
This is an idea for an interdisciplinary course examining energy systems, sustainability via multiple learning methods, including lecture, discussions, computer-based geospatial analysis, case studies, and field trips. Students will examine energy issues from a historical perspective on global, regional, and local scales. A capstone project integrates different disciplinary perspectives for a specific country. This idea was generated at the Teaching Energy Workshop.

Energy and the Environment part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Edward Stermer, Illinois Central College
This course provides students not majoring in science with an opportunity to study world energy and environmental issues while learning basic concepts of physical science (physics, chemistry, earth science).

Hazards and Resources (ENVS 105) part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Christine Metzger, Whittier College
Hazards and Resources provides an introduction to Earth science, emphasizing the role of geology in environmental issues. The course focuses on geohazards (including floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, and climate change) and resources (mineral, water, soil, air, and energy).

Environmental Security part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Marie Johnson, United States Military Academy
This course explores the link between the environment and national security. It specifically focuses on four key drivers: food, water, infectious disease and energy. If a state cannot secure enough food and water for its citizens, effectively respond to infectious disease outbreaks and/or provide energy to drive its economy, it runs the risk of disintegrating socially and politically, becoming a breeding ground for terrorism and violence, and threatening the stability of all other states in our globalized society.

Oil and Water (Geog 7) part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Catherine Gautier, University of California-Santa Barbara
Oil (energy) and water are two key strategic resources dominating the international scene and for which people have been and will continue to fight and go to war over. Energy and water play a major role in most of the main geopolitical issues of our time. As climate changes and population increases, these resources will be affected and their usage will in return affect climate. The course focuses on: energy and water resources availability, demand and usage, the two-way connection between these resources usage and Climate Change, and the solutions characteristics and possibilities and the consequent impact on energy and water policies. This class has students analyze global energy, water and climate data sets and ponder about some of the social, economic and geopolitical ramifications of these data. It brings together important ideas in geocience, technology and global policy.

Energy in the Human Environment (GEOS 370) part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Cristina Archer, California State University-Chico
Coverage of scientific concepts needed to understand energy and its environmental interactions at the local, regional, national, and global scales; in-depth examination of alternative energy sources and their environmental impact.

Energy Resources part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Allen Kihm, Minot State University
A survey of fossil fuel, nuclear, renewable and unconventional energy sources. Emphasis is on origin, use and implications of development. Field trips include visits to various energy producing sites.

The Energy Crisis (ESCI/PHYS 385) part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Timothy Heaton, University of South Dakota
Broad survey of energy fundamentals, renewable and nonrenewable energy options, environmental impacts, and politics. In addition to lectures there are many demonstrations, students must bring energy-related current events to class for discussion, each student must write a term paper related to energy, and there are several class field trips.

Climate Discovery part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Courses
Lisa Gardiner, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Climate Discovery is a series of three courses offered via NCAR Online Education for professional development of middle and high school science educators.

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