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Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory part of Examples
Students conduct a greenhouse gas emission inventory for their college or university. Students analyze findings and present information to the college or university community. -

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Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Energy, Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy, Earth's Cycles:Carbon Cycle, Biosphere, Atmosphere

Campus Nitrogen Budget part of Examples
Link the college or university operations with local ecology. In this study, students use a tool from urban ecology, the nitrogen budget, to research the inputs, outputs and subsytem transfers of nitrogen on the ...

Earth System Topics: Hydrology, Earth's Cycles:Nitrogen Cycle, Biosphere, Ecology, Human Dimensions:Land Use, Surface Processes:Soils, Atmosphere

Sustainability and the Campus part of Teach the Earth:Courses
This interdisciplinary class makes direct connections between global environmental issues, such as climate change, and life on an urban campus. With Macalester College as the case study, students explore how the ...

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions, Biosphere

Environmental Assessment Course part of Examples
The classic campus-based project is an environmental or sustainability assessment, often referred to as an environmental audit. This course, taught at Carleton in 2001, describes how this type of project can be ...

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions, Biosphere, Ecology

Sarita Wetland Restoration part of Examples
The Sarita Wetland restoration on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus is used as teaching tools by numerous classes. Students, staff and faculty have collaborated on the planning and implementation of ...

Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Surface Water, Biosphere, Hydrology, Biosphere:Ecology

Design and Construction of an Eco-House part of Examples
Students in this course explore designs of a future Carleton College student house. This is a multi-year project where students from the social sciences, humanities / arts, and natural sciences explore parts of the ...

Earth System Topics: Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere

Biodiversity Count part of Examples
In this class exercise, students count the number of species they can find in a five minute block of time in both an urban lawn and natural, remnant forest area. The students are introduced to the concept of low ...

Earth System Topics: Biosphere, Ecology, Diversity