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Essay 2 Writing about Nature and Environmental Issues

You will need to choose two texts to consider in this paper (see below guidelines for a list of works that you may select from), but you should not write an open-ended comparison of the two texts; instead, you should choose an issue or theme that emerges in both of them. Most of you will end up working with writers who share many basic values; you will need to read and think carefully to uncover meaningful distinctions between them.

Paper Other Writing SDG 15 - Life on Land
Essay 1 Writing about Nature and Environmental Issues

Purpose of assignment:

  • To focus your attention as you read and think about a particular work.
  • To help you distinguish between observed details and the ideas that emerge from those details.
  • To ensure that your own ideas are rooted in specific textual evidence.
Paper Other Writing SDG 15 - Life on Land
Essay Geobiology

What criteria do you think are important for assessing the habitability of a planetary body? Illustrate with reference to current or past missions in our solar system.


What is meant by the concept of Galactic Habitable Zone. Illustrate with reference to a current mission that looks outside our solar system.

Paper Other Biology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Environmental Ethics Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning

Traditionally economists have argued that humans are utility maximizers, although some behavioral economists and social psychologists have recently raised questions about this. With this in mind, please write a paper addressing the following questions.

Paper Other Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Environmental Assessment Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning

Most environmental planners presume that policy decisions regarding the use of natural resources and patterns of development can be enhanced through the application of various analytical tools.

  1. Explain why and how you agree or disagree with this, with reference to each of the tools discussed in Unit 3.
  2. What do you think are the relative strengths and limitations of each of the analytical tools we discussed in Unit 3?
Paper Other Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Energy Explorations (Assignment 7) Environmental Technologies in Buildings

Now that you have a well daylit, visually comfortable building with an electric lighting design in place, we are turning our attention towards evaluating and improving the energy performance of your design. In this assignment you will first create a baseline energy model of your building and then explore various energy updates.

Modeling/Simulation Experiential Learning Architecture SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Emission temperatures and greenhouse models Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Problem sets for the Activity: Emission temperatures and greenhouse models

Problem Set Other Fluid Dynamics SDG 15 - Life on Land
Embodied Energy Evaluation D-Lab II: Design

Embodied Energy Evaluation

Lab Collaborative, Small Group Learning Design SDG 15 - Life on Land
Drowned Out D-Lab I: Development

If you can't make it to the evening film screening, view DVD of Drowned Out on your own time prior to class on Ses #25.

Watch Movie Place-Based Learning Development SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Dream Project/Term Project Proposal D-Lab: Water Climate Change and Health

The proposal describes your dream project. The proposal is your opportunity to detail the scope of your project, its context, what you need to make this happen, your timeline and milestones, who are your teammates if you have teammates, or if you are planning to proceed individually.

In the first deliverable, it does not need to be a fully formed proposal but a rough first draft. There’s no specific page requirement, but 4 to 8 pages of text total, or perhaps 10+ PowerPoint slides might be a good length.

Proposal Inquiry-Based Learning Varies SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals