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Rebecca Boger: Introduction to Urban Sustainability at CUNY Brooklyn College

The Introduction to Urban Sustainability, SUST 1001, is the first foundation course that students take for the new interdisciplinary program in urban sustainability. Reflecting the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, social, and economic) at the root of the sustainability concept, the course is jointly taught by professors in the departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Sociology. I am the lead instructor who has the primary responsibility of designing the course syllabus and assessment. The other two professors contribute to the course through their lectures and readings, and provide insights through the lens of his/her discipline. Since Brooklyn College is located in an urban setting, much of the course uses examples from New York City. The course is divided into thematic modules relevant for sustainability; one of the modules is food, and so this food security module is a perfect fit. I taught the food security module near the end of the semester.


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Russanne Low: Science Systems Environment and Sustainability at University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Envr201, Science Systems: Environment and Sustainability is a large section (56+ students) 200-level course offered across campus and welcomes students from all majors. It fulfills the campus ACE requirement of a course that explores ethical principles, civics, and stewardship, and their importance to society. The module was used in the last four weeks of the semester as a structured capstone project, an activity that is especially useful for lower division students who have little experience in completing a research project that requires collection and analysis of original data. The course was offered as an asynchronous, online course. Two units were completed each week, and an additional research week was allowed for group project work prior to Unit 6, to accommodate the work schedules of online and remote students. The final team project served as a summative assessment not only for the module, but for the entire course.


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Amy E. Potter: Geography 1100: World Regional Geography at Armstrong State University Geog 1100 World Regional Geography is an introductory-level course taught in small sections of 24 students. The course is part of the academic core focusing on global connections. The module was used the last three weeks of the semester as a capstone project.

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Kerry Byrne: Using Introducing the Wicked Problem of Global Food Security in Sustainable Human Ecology course at Oregon Institute of Technology
Kerry Byrne, Humboldt State University
As my course is the capstone course for Environmental Science majors, students have a strong background in ecology and systems thinking already. However, I desired to bolster my coverage of food security in the course, which is a common student interest. This module also incorporates the use of ArcGIS Online – students in the Environmental Science major are required to take at least one full year of GIS courses. I wanted to capitalize on one of the strengths of our program and have students do a more quantitative analysis using real data.

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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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