Environmental Science and Policy
The first part of the Environmental Science and Policy course [Interdisciplinary Studies] looks primarily - not exclusively - at the creation, distribution, and consumption of food.
- Water pollution in Portland, Oregon
Students read articles in French, view video clips, develop the vocabulary, discuss six questions related to sustainability, research an innovative idea that will solve a problem the earth is facing, and write an article in French about their findings.
Select this link for sustainability education in the French IV curriculum.
Students are working as scientific advisors to Middle School students on the Middle School garden. They help amend the soil to maximize yield for each particular crop without using artificial chemicals. All students write an extended paper on the sustainability of an industry of their choice [e.g. Farmers Markets and Lawns] and another paper on fuel cells as the future technology for green transport. There is also a formal debate on nuclear energy vs. renewable energy.
Students learn why carbon dioxide is a "greenhouse" gas, trapping heat in the atmosphere. To illustrate this, students set up a demonstration showing that air with higher carbon dioxide concentrations absorbs more thermal energy than regular air.
Sustainability and social equity are at the heart of the PLACE - Planning and Leadership Across City Environments.
Select this visual arts link to see sustainability education in the visual arts.
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