MLZ: State of the Planet

MLZ: State of the Planet

Mary Lou Zeeman

Mary Lou Zeeman
MLZ: State of the Planet

Curriculum

Here are some examples of how to include State of the Planet and Sustainability materials in the curriculum at several levels.  Other links are welcome.

  • The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. Inspiring young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way. The Cloud Institute works primarily with K-12 schools and school systems, developing sustainability curricula. The Institute also provide products and services to other groups interested in educating for a sustainable future, including higher education.

  • The State of the Planet Course at Cornell University. This is a highly interdisciplinary undergraduate course aimed at students from all majors, ranging from freshmen to seniors. The theme is Whatever your talent, whatever your passion, you can use them to help the planet. There is a different lecturer almost every day, drawn from a wide variety of disciplines and walks of life. Each lecturer focuses on a particular global problem and discusses solutions and ideas for what the students can do to help, today and in the future (eg: action projects, summer break, course choices, career, lifestyle).

  • Educating about Sustainability while Enhancing Calculus. Tom Pfaff is an Associate Professor in the Math Department at Ithaca College. On his sustainability page, there are data sets and associated assignments for Calculus classes. The idea is simple: the students use excel to fit curves to real data about climate, oil, grain, poulation, etc. Then all kinds of fundamentally important questions about sustainability become calculus questions about those curves.
  • Topics in Mathematical Modeling, by K.K. Tung. The author of this undergraduate text is an expert on climate modeling. There are chapters on global warming and el-nino, as well as several other fascinating topics.