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Interested in integrating sustainability topics into your courses? Here are ten ways you can use this guide to get started:
1) Ask students to review the Sustainability Timeline or sustainability definitions under the Introduction tab and learn more about an important date listed, add more recent developments, or create their own personal definition of sustainability.
2) Have students build an argument for a hot topic using CQ Researcher, compare country environmental data using The WorldBank, or find primary literature on sustainability in a subject-specific database using the Databases & eResources tab.
3) Find an online video under the Multimedia tab to show in class to generate discussion, point them to podcasts and have them create their own to share a sustainability message that is important to them, or use the EPA MyEnvironment widget to have students investigate their local environment and then research the history of an issue or make recommendations for improvements.
4) Have students locate websites, blogs, and other online information sources on a sustainability topic of their choice, evaluate the content, discuss the message of the source, and explain how and why the source could be used.
5) Encourage students to Get Involved! either by volunteering or by finding an organization and learning how to join its efforts.
6) Make it students' Business to either locate CSR reports of corporations or investigate the idea of fair trade and report back how this information may have changed their consumer behavior.
7) Introduce students to local Food sources and have them visit and write or talk about their experience at a farmers' market, restaurant, or "pick your own" farm.
8) Assign students to choose 1-3 changes they can make for Sustainable Living and journal and/or share their experience with the class, as well as show how it reduced their footprints. At the same time, model a change in class, such as using the bike share program, or only reusable water bottles in class.
9) Focus on the Social Sustainability aspect, perhaps by comparing local community efforts to global initiatives and issues.
10) Get to the basics of Water by having students calculate their water footprint, understand virtual water, or develop an understanding of water problems at the state, national, or international level.
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