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Project of Change or Research Paper Environmental Justice Law and Policy

Beginning in week four, students should form groups of not more than four students to work collaboratively on either 1) a final research paper or 2) a proposal for a project that responds to a contemporary issue in environmental justice. The project of change or research paper may be designed in collaboration with a local public agency or community-based organization, or by the team without outside consultation.


Group Presentation Collaborative, Small Group Learning Environmental Law, Policy SDG 16 - Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
Lab 4: Transport in Porous Media Transport Processes in the Environment

Objective: Use a tracer study to estimate the dispersion coefficient, pore velocity and porosity of a sediment column. 

Lab Experiential Learning Environmental Transport Processes SDG 15 - Life on Land
Assignment 3 Building Technology Laboratory

The third phase of our first lab consists of six parts: 

  1. Submit your estimate of your elf-house temperatures for the first test period.
  2. Download data.
  3. Modify your elf house as needed to keep the indoor temperature closer to the target value of 20°C. 
  4. Re-install the Hobo loggers and again deploy your house on the roof.
  5. Estimate the impact of solar energy absorbed on walls and the roof.  
  6. Use Solar Calculator 2 to design a full-size dwelling (single room is fine), subject to the same goal of a constant 20°C indoor temperature under February weather. 
Modeling/Simulation Experiential Learning Architecture SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Homework 7 & 8: Sketch 2 Data Storytelling Studio: Climate Change

Start working on your idea for this sketch. Come to class with with:

  • The data you are going to use (remember to go data shopping!)
  • The audience you want to make something for (remember "general public" is an unacceptable audience!)
  • Good but not required: one abstract word in your data story that you need help representing in concrete ways ("inequality", "hate", "asylum", etc.)

Finish your sketch.


Sketch Story Other Data Visualization SDG 15 - Life on Land
Exercise 5: Science, Policy, and Public Opinion Introduction to Geology

Your assignment is to research the questions below, and be prepared to argue either side of each issue. The class will be divided into groups, one for each issue, and each issue group will be divided in half: one half will argue in the affirmative, the other in the negative. You will not know which argument you will be making until you arrive in class, so research both sides of the issues! At the beginning of class, you will be given time to prepare your statements. We will then stage a debate for each issue, in which groups respond to questions posed by a moderator


Debate Other Geology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Problem Set 1 D-Lab: Energy

Problem set for the course D-Lab: Energy.

Problem Set Inquiry-Based Learning Energy SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy
Essay 3 Writing about Nature and Environmental Issues

Your third essay, like the second essay, should explore a question or problem that has emerged from your reading. You may not be able to arrive at an answer or a solution, but over the course of your essay, you should at least be able to refine the central question or identify a range of solutions for your problem. By the end of your third essay, your readers should be able to see what they have gained by exploring this question or problem with you. Stay close to the texts as you explore your chosen issue. Do not wander through the theoretical stratosphere.

Paper Other Writing SDG 15 - Life on Land
Discussion Questions 2 D-Lab II: Design

Write short answers to the following questions and submit them.

Problem Set Other Design SDG 15 - Life on Land
Exam 1 Ecology II: Engineering for Sustainability

Exam questions for the course Ecology II: Engineering for Sustainability

Exam Other Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering SDG 15 - Life on Land
Dream Project Exercise D-Lab: Water Climate Change and Health

Take an index card, and prepare a short summary.

Step 1 (on side 1 of the index card): Describe your dream project (drawing from any combo of disciplines, any scale, however far-fetched or down-to-earth).

  • Dream project name/title
  • Dream project summary (50 words maximum)
  • What else do you need to make this dream a reality?

If you don’t have a dream project yet, describe a sector or geographical area in which you would like to be focused.

Step 2 (on side 2 of the index card): Get yourself recruited into a Dream Team! What are your special gifts?

  • Reason a team should want to recruit you—ie., your special skills and capabilities (50 words maximum)
  • Types of project sought
  • Does your dream project fit in the Drawdown and/or 2020 framework?
Brainstorm Inquiry-Based Learning Varies SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals