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Australian Urban Policy
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Urban Australia confronts numerous challenges in the 21st century: climate change, housing, transport, greenspace, social inequality, and governance, among them. While state and local governments wrestle with these issues, they are continent wide and require national leadership, direction and participation. As a highly urbanised country without a national approach to urban policy, Australia is an outlier.

Contributors to this book argue that this policy gap needs to be addressed. They ask: How have productive, sustainable and liveable cities so far been enhanced? Where have aspirations fallen short or produced negative outcomes? And what approaches are emerging to challenge existing and devise new urban policy settings?

In the face of ongoing crises and escalating change, the need for policy to quickly transform urban Australia is daunting. Problems, wicked in their complexity, require innovative, ethical solutions. This book offers new ideas that challenge policy orthodoxy.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
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Provider:
Australian National University
Author:
Bill Randolph
Robert Freestone
Wendy Steele
Date Added:
05/07/2024
Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes
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This course explores the physical, ecological, technological, political, economic, and cultural implications of big plans and mega-urban landscapes in a global context. It uses local and international case studies to understand the process of making major changes to urban landscape and city fabric, and to regional landscape systems. It includes lectures by leading practitioners. The assignments consider planning and design strategies across multiple scales and time frames.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Date Added:
07/14/2022
Bottled Versus Tap Water: What You Drink and Why
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In the activity students learn about the properties of solutions, acidity and pH, electrolytes versus non-electrolytes, and solution concentration. Hopefully, this activity will also dispel common misconceptions about tap water and bottled beverages.

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Agriculture
Career and Technical Education
Chemistry
Environmental Studies
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Marie Villarba, Seattle Central Community College
Date Added:
04/16/2021
Building Inclusive Cities: Tackling Urban Inequality and Segregation
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Urban design, inequality and segregation are strongly connected.

Cities around the world, from the Global South to the Global North, are facing a rise in inequality and socio-economic segregation. The wealthy are increasingly concentrating in the most attractive urban areas and poverty is spreading to the suburbs. Rising levels of segregation have major consequences for the social sustainability of cities and leads to unequal life opportunities depending on where in the city you live.

In this course, aimed at a broad range of professionals, from urban planners and architects to geographers, you will learn what the main drivers and indicators of urban inequality and segregation are, using examples from cities from all over the world. You will learn how segregation is measured, how to interpret the results of the analyses of segregation and how to relate these insights to urban design. With this knowledge, you will be able to analyze how these issues may be affecting your local environment.

Additionally, we will present some historical examples of how urban design has played a role shaping spatial inequality and segregation in a selection of case study cities. This will help you to get a better understanding of how urban design can reduce spatial inequality and segregation.

The course is taught by the editors of the new SpringerOpen book “Urban socio-economic segregation and income inequality. A global perspective” and senior experts from the Urban Design section of TU Delft, which is ranked number 2 in the QS World University Rankings in the field of Architecture.

Subject:
Applied Science
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
TU Delft OpenCourseWare
Author:
Leo van den Burg
Maarten van Ham
Tanja Herdt
Date Added:
01/17/2023
Building Sustainable Communities, But What Kind?
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This assignment, depending on the level and depth of implementation, seeks to challenge students by asking them to look beyond "greenwashed" advertisements and buzzwords to grapple with what sustainability means, whether it can be achieved, and what kinds of questions communities must confront in a search for sustainability.

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Applied Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Hannah Love, Pacific Lutheran University
Date Added:
10/01/2019
Building Sustainable Communities: Collaboration
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Module 3: Collaboration

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Collaboration is the third module in this course, Building Sustainable Communities: The Impact of Engagement, and highlights the importance of collaboration or working together, in relation to sustainable community building. The first lesson within this module will introduce you to the different terminology associated with collaboration and we will explain why it is so imperative when it comes to navigating the contemporary problems our communities face. In the second lesson we will examine how collaboration occurs and then explore the qualities that are important for collaboration. Lesson three will help to answer questions such as, what makes some collaboration efforts fruitful and fun, while others are painful and unproductive? Lastly, in the final lesson we will provide you with three real-world case studies that address the benefits and challenges of collaboration. Overall, this module will provide with you additional building blocks required to navigate along the path of this course through the remaining two modules. 

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Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/28/2022
Building Sustainable Communities: Creating Connections for the Future
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Module 5: Creating Connections for the Future

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The fifth module in this course Building Sustainable Communities: The Impact of Engagement connects the building blocks you’ve learned about throughout Modules 1 to 4.presents building sustainable communities and provides a conclusion to the course. Lesson one highlights ‘making connections to engage’. This lesson discusses how connections between previous core components help to build sustainable communities in the real world and how different types of community engagement are appropriate in different settings. The final lesson of the course presents future considerations for building sustainable communities and how to move knowledge into action for a sustainable future. At the end of this module you will have naviaged the full course pathway.

Word Count: 6211

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Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/28/2022
Building Sustainable Communities: Information Gathering and Sharing
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Module 2: Information Gathering and Sharing

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Information Gathering and Sharing is the second module in this course, Building Sustainable Communities: The Impact of Engagement, and highlights the importance of gathering and sharing information in order to engage with communities. The first lesson discusses why you may consider collecting community data and ethical considerations that need to be made when consultation occurs within a community. In the second lesson we will dive into methods to consider when collecting important information about community sustainability. In the third lesson we will describe Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) for you and the roles it plays in building sustainability communities. Lastly, lesson four provides case study examples of successful knowledge mobilization efforts within communities pertaining to both health and environmental research. Overall, this module will provide with you additional building blocks required to navigate along the path of this course through the remaining three modules. 

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Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/28/2022
Building Sustainable Communities: Monitoring and Evaluation
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Module 4: Monitoring and Evaluation

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Monitoring and Evaluation is the fourth module in this course, Building Sustainable Communities: The Impact of Engagement, and highlights research and real-world experiences on the subject of monitoring and evaluation (also referred to as M&E), in relation to sustainable community building. In the first lesson we will provide you with an overview of M&E, including origins and definitions, as well as its importance for building sustainable communities. In the next lesson, the spectrum of approaches to accomplish M&E is examined, specifically we look at two opposing ends of the spectrum: conventional and participatory M&E. In the third lesson we will focus on the use of citizen science as a mechanism for building sustainable communities. Here we define citizen science, develop an understanding of how it can be used in conventional or participatory M&E, and discuss innovative tools to support it. The final lesson covers the common benefits and challenges experienced across all M&E approaches, and surfaces key tensions surrounding M&E as a field of practice and research. By the conclusion of this module, it is our hope that you are beginning to see how these pieces along the path to building sustainable communities connect.

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Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
01/26/2024
Building Sustainable Communities: The Impact of Engagement
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Module 1: Introduction to Community Engagement

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Introduction to Community Engagement is the first module in this course, Building Sustainable Communities: The Impact of Engagement, and it will provide you with an introduction to sustainable communities and an in-depth look at community engagement. In lesson one we will define and discuss components of sustainable communities. Lesson two will provide you with an overview of how community engagement has evolved over time. While lesson three will highlight who is involved in community engagement and different ways to ethically engage with community actors. Lastly, lesson four discusses why engaging actors is essential to navigating current challenges confronting communities. Ultimately, this first module will provide you with the foundational learning required to navigate along the path through the remaining four modules.

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Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Date Added:
02/28/2022
Business Law, Ethics, and Sustainability
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Business Law, Ethics, and Sustainability is a textbook for undergraduate law courses. It covers business law topics such as contracts, business organizations, employment law, and torts, as well as a general survey of American law. Additional topics include Constitutional law, civil rights, environmental law, criminal law, and litigation.

Subject:
Law
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Iowa
Provider Set:
Iowa Research Online
Author:
Andrew J Hosmanek
Brendan Smith
Michael J Dayton
Date Added:
04/14/2023
Buvons de L'eau!: A French Language Podcast on Water
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In this listening comprehension exercise, students of intermediate level French language listen to a podcast interview and complete a questionnaire to check their listening comprehension and enlarge their vocabulary on health topics.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Ecology
Geoscience
Languages
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Laura Franklin
Date Added:
08/28/2012
CSR Communication and Cultures of Sustainability
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In this introductory book on CSR and Sustainability Communication, we discuss the evolution of the sustainability story in corporate, political, and environmental discourses as well as paradigms and theoretical approaches to better understand communication about, of and for sustainability. The textbook follows a strategic communication perspective and offers practical examples and exercises for making sustainability and related issues accessible and comprehensible, for co-creating social change. The book offers students and instructors as well as (future) communication strategists and campaigners foundations, strategies, tools and methodologies of sustainability communication to create a new story and take authorship for the new narrative. Furthermore, it attracts professionals, advocates, and academics who are passionate about taking proactive roles in restoratively addressing the pressing interrelated sociocultural and ecological issues if our times, to become reflexive leaders and advocates.

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Over the last two decades, sustainability has become a widespread normative framework or regulatory idea – mostly communicated in a context of sustainable development and thus as ‘alternative to’ or ‘fight against climate change’. Sustainability is generally defined as the fact that a given activity or action is capable of being sustained and therefore continued, related to the responsibility for the future, meeting global needs, the protection of the environment, development and ecocultural consciousness as a deeper logic and matter of life, as well as participation and engagement. Thus, sustainability communication encompasses the relationship between humans and their environment and focuses on social discourses (Godemann at al., 2011). Here, a critical approach seems to be fruitful to grasp the largely amorphous concept of sustainability that gets bent into many different shapes in the public sphere (Weder et al., 2019a; 2021; Dimitrov, 2018).

For the introductory book at hand, we focus on the role of strategic communication in shaping sustainability as current narrative of our society in relation to the ‘old’ climate change narrative of destruction and imbalance between human and nature. Therefore, we conceptualize the evolution of the sustainability narrative as core process of strategic communication. We focus on organizations and their responsibility towards the society (Corporate Social Responsibility) and identify the potential of strategic communication for a transition of the old to the ‘new’ narrative.

After the clarification of the basic paradigms of Corporate Responsibility, Environmental and Social Governance, and Sustainability as normative framework and narrative of the future, we introduce the basic paradigms of communication, communication from a functional, rather instrumental and critical, social-constructivist perspective, before we focus on sustainability and CSR communication and related strategies and tactics of content-related, storytelling-focused communication management.

In this introductory book on CSR and Sustainability Communication, we discuss the evolution of the sustainability story in corporate, political, and environmental discourses as well as paradigms and theoretical approaches to better understand communication about, of and for sustainability. The textbook follows a strategic communication perspective and offers practical examples and exercises for making sustainability and related issues accessible and comprehensible, for co-creating social change. The book offers students and instructors as well as (future) communication strategists and campaigners foundations, strategies, tools and methodologies of sustainability communication to create a new story and take authorship for the new narrative. Furthermore, it attracts professionals, advocates, and academics who are passionate about taking proactive roles in restoratively addressing the pressing interrelated sociocultural and ecological issues if our times, to become reflexive leaders and advocates.

Word Count: 36013

ISBN: 978-1-74272-361-7

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Subject:
Anthropology
Atmospheric Science
Business and Communication
Career and Technical Education
Communication
Environmental Studies
Physical Science
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Queensland
Author:
Franzisca Weder
Marte Eriksen
Date Added:
02/06/2023
Carbon Cycle Role-Play
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Students will learn that there is a finite amount of carbon on earth, which moves around in the environment, from one place to another. Activity is scaleable from elementary to high school with options to introduce advanced content. Wrap up includes role playing the carbon cycle with the addition of human influences (e.g. burning of fossil fuels). Activity can be done in classroom or outside, includes working in a group and role playing. Grades 3-12. This resources is part of the Our Changing Ocean and Estuaries Series

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
04/30/2012
Case Study 6.1- Adapting to a Changing World
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In this activity, students consider how several communities are adapting to climate change-related problems including drought's impacts on agriculture, loss of assets due to climate-related hazards, freshwater availability, and extreme heat waves. They will read brief case studies about agro-forestry, insurance strategies, the "Room for the River" program in the Netherlands, water storage from retreating glaciers, and city planning for heat waves. Based on these examples and knowledge of their own community, they will suggest possible adaptation strategies that will be most beneficial to their area.

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Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Becca Walker
Date Added:
08/03/2022
Chemistry Laboratory Waste Evaluation
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From the scientific viewpoint, this evaluation will help the students see a process instead of just a data collection event, and they will get to practice estimating amounts. They will also need to determine the products of any reactions performed during the experiment. From the standpoint of sustainability, this evaluation is intended to help the student recognize the environmental "cost" of an experiment-in consumables used and in waste products generated.

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Subject:
Applied Science
Biology
Chemistry
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Tracy D. Harvey, University of Washington
Date Added:
12/09/2021
Cidade sustentável: o dilema em jogo
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Produto educacional desenvolvido como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do título de Mestre em Ciências Ambientais, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Rede Nacional para Ensino das Ciências Ambientais - PROFCIAMB.
Esse produto é resultado da dissertação de mestrado “A ÉTICA AMBIENTAL E A SOCIEDADE DE RISCO EM UM JOGO DIDÁTICO, COMO INSTRUMENTO NA PROMOÇÃO DE UMA EDUCAÇÃO PARA O DEENVOLVMENTO SUSTENTÁVEL”, realizada no programa de mestrado profissional PROFCIAMB em 2021.
Considerando o contexto socioambiental mundial nas últimas décadas e a assinatura da Agenda 2030 para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável, buscou-se recursos para promover uma Educação para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável. Na ética ambiental e na teoria da Sociedade de Risco de Ulrich Beck, encontrou-se potenciais para tal e objetivando a dinamicidade e a necessidade de metodologias ativas no ensino, propôs-se a criação de um jogo didático em que os estudantes são confrontados com dilemas éticos e riscos relacionados ao Desenvolvimento Sustentável.

Subject:
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Education
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Game
Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Fernanda da Rocha Brando Fernandez
Layara Luana Malvestio
Date Added:
01/28/2022
Citizens Co-creating Sustainable Cities
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Around the world, major challenges of our time such as population growth and climate change are being addressed in cities. Here, citizens play an important role amidst governments, companies, NGOs and researchers in creating social, technological and political innovations for achieving sustainability.

Citizens can be co-creators of sustainable cities when they engage in city politics or in the design of the urban environment and its technologies and infrastructure. In addition, citizens influence and are influenced by the technologies and systems that they use every day. Sustainability is thus a result of the interplay between technology, policy and people’s daily lives. Understanding this interplay is essential for creating sustainable cities. In this MOOC, we zoom in on Amsterdam, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Nairobi, Kampala and Suzhou as living labs for exploring the dynamics of co-creation for sustainable cities worldwide. We will address topics such as participative democracy and legitimacy, ICTs and big data, infrastructure and technology, and SMART technologies in daily life.

Subject:
Applied Science
Architecture and Design
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Delft University of Technology
Provider Set:
TU Delft OpenCourseWare
Author:
Huub Rijnaarts
Date Added:
07/18/2018