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The Sustainability Catalog

Elementary Energy: Electrical, Analytical and Illuminative Thinking  

This course takes an in-depth look at how to save a butt-load of electricity. This course will illuminate the connection between pushing “on” buttons and increasing Westminster’s carbon footprint.

 

The course will empower students with a variety of highly complex skills, such as unplugging things and putting on a sweater.  Students will be charged to consider electricity as the chief campus contributor to climate change.
Prerequisite: Flip the Switch 101.

 

Course Readings:

Learn more about what greenhouse gasses are and where they come from

Learn what 350.org is doing to stop climate change and Now 400.350.org

Energy myths revealed

 

 

Introduction to Water Conservation: Desert Consciousness, Aquatic Responsibility, and Hydrological  Awareness

This course explores connections  between wasting water and the effect it can have on natural waterways. For example, the fact that the Colorado River can no longer reach the sea. We will take an in-depth approach to methods of showering, washing hands, and brushing teeth.

 

It is important for students to know that we live in a desert, and water waste is not something to be taken lightly. The practical analysis of our dry climate will lead students to not be water-hogs. Course is well suited for anyone whose body is up to 75% water.
Prerequisites: Tap-Water for the Win 101.

 

Course Readings:

Water Footprint Calculator

Water Conservation Tips

Help Save the Colorado River!

 

 

Macro Wasteonomics: Hands-on Active Recycling  

A study of how individuals and organizations dispose of their waste. We will cover the theories surrounding the nation's and world’s waste production as a whole.

 

We will highlight the fact that Americans throw away their weight in garbage every month. 

 

We will include a study of the relationship between not recycling and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (a big patch of plastic twice the size of Hawaii that floats in the Pacific Ocean). 

 

The disparity between resource input and waste output will be examined (i.e. closing the loop).
Prerequisite: Reducing and Reusing 101.

 

Course Readings:

Overconsumption and Our Garbage by the Numbers

5 facts about the global wasting of food

TED Talk: Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

 

 

 

Methods of Transportation: Cycling and Other Commute-ication Skills

We will explore applications of how you're getting yourself places. We will analyze the variables that contribute to your impact on air quality, and awareness of SLC’s summer and winter inversion are highlighted.

 

The concept of “smogging” (putting out airborne, cancer-causing pollutants that other people have to breathe) will be particularly stressed.

 

By the end of this course, you will know that your student ID is actually a UTA bus pass, how to rent a bike from Westminster Bike Collective (or learn to fix your own), and how to effectively bum rides up the canyons.

Prerequisites: Transit 101.

 

Course Readings:

Wait, what's inversion again?

What's SLC's air quality today?

Stop smogging. Get your bike fixed for free.

 

Foodology: Creative and Digestive Capacities

This course takes an in-depth look at what you put in your mouth. It includes an integrated approach to discovering healthier and more sustainable food options.

 

We will explore the concept of “Vagrant Vegetables,” a phenomenon in which veggies and other foods travel an average of 1,300 miles from farm to fork. Connections will be made between Vagrant Vegetables and climate change (one year of importing foods to California created the equivalent in Greenhouse gasses of nearly 40,000 cars on the road*).

 

Course will especially highlight effective means for students to kick their Vagrant Vegetable habit. Learning goals emphasized will include masticating skills, digestive capacities, and ethical “chewareness.”
Prerequisite: Intro to Home Cookin’

 

Course Readings:

FAQ's about Organic Food

Real Food Challenge and Westminster for Real Food

Seafood Watch-- find sustainable wild fish

 

Principles of Purchasing: Critical, Analytical and Integrative Shopping

A descriptive introduction to stuff you can buy that doesn’t screw up the environment. Designed as a first course in the area of only buying stuff you need instead of things you just want.

 

Special attention is given to the fact people who shop at vintage stores look better anyway, and that Americans annually spend 1.2 trillion dollars on crap they don’t need, which equals the GDP of Mexico*.

 

This course explores Advanced Cleaning Theory and questions all the nasty chemicals you don’t have to clean with. We will especially focus on the fact that drinking bottled water is lame.
Prerequisite: Intro to Poppin' Some Tags

 

Course Readings:

The Good Guide: rates products based on sustainability

Story of Stuff Short Video

Earth Goods General Store (1300 South 900 East)

Buy green products here if you can't find them in a store

 

Ethics of Engagement: Leadership, Collaboration, and Green work

We will explore theories and practical applications of getting your butt off the couch and doing something. This course is designed to get students engaged with something other than their cell phones, and in conversations about more important things than the Kardashians.

 

This course will highlight the connections between campus involvement and making really cool friends. Skills developed will include going to meetings and events for reasons other than free food, changing the status quo, and learning how to make an positive impact on the world.
Prerequisite: Caring about your Community 101.

 

Course Readings:

Volunteer for Westminster's Environmental Center

Volunteer around SLC

Environmental Studies at Westminster

 

Innovation Capstone: Accept responsibility for your own greening.

Pick two sustainable behavior committments or goals to works towards incorporating in your life as a result of taking GPA.