Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Come learn about water conservation, ecosystems, and agricultural practices that will allow many generations to share in the Earth’s resources. 

 

Tentative plan for the Environmental Sustainability Track

Week 1: Water as a sustainable resource

Week 1: Learning Goals:

  • Understand how humans are part of the water cycle
  • See examples of how we deal with water in NWI
  • Compare selected water issues from around the world

 

Week 1 schedule:      

  • Water cycle
  • Aquifers and surface water
  • Wastewater treatment (tour Valpo facility)
  • Stormwater management (guest talk from City engineer), campus rain gardens
  • Last day:  synthesis, connections to practices around world with research and slide show preparation

 

Week 2: Ecosystems and sustainability

Week 2: Learning Goals:      

  • Understand how humans are part larger ecosystems
  • See examples of how pollution impacts ecosystems in NWI
  • Compare selected ecosystem pollution issues from around the world

 

Week 2 Schedule:      

  • Freshwater ecosystem
  • Contaminants in a food chain
  • Fish biology, fish consumption advisories
  • Aquaponics tour in Gary or fish hatchery in Kingsbury
  • Last day:  synthesis, connections to practices around world with research and slide show preparation

 

Week 3: Sustainable agricultural practices

Week 3: Learning Goals:      

  • Understand how humans are dependent on ecosystem services
  • See examples of how we rely on ecosystem services in NWI
  • Compare selected threats to ecosystems from around the world

 

Week 3 Schedule:      

  • Soil introduction (with lab experiment)
  • Local farmers market trip
  • Sustainable farming practices
  • Last day:  synthesis, connections to practices around world with research and slide show preparation

 

Instructor: Laurie Eberhardt, Associate Professor of Biology