40% of agriculture energy use goes toward the production of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Between 1994 and 1998, the National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education (NPPC) published college-level curricula in 16 academic disciplines, as shown in the Table of Contents. In 1999, the NPPC evolved into the Center for Sustainable Systems. The Center's focus is now research, so in addition to the curricula which is still available, research publications are continually being made available, as well.
TYPES OF MATERIALS AVAILABLE
Introductory MaterialsThe NPPC published two introductory pieces, "Overview of Environmental Problems" and "Pollution Prevention Concepts and Principles." Each set of discipline-specific materials also includes an introduction describing relevant applications of pollution prevention.
For each discipline, we publish an extensive bibliography of educational tools and reference materials: books, reports, articles, government documents and curricula. Also listed are relevant organizations and selected faculty active in pollution prevention education.
Organized alphabetically, these bibliographies describe some or all of the materials cited in the Resource Lists.VideosWe distribute two videos for use in the classroom. One complements the McDonald's case study; the other, Amoco and the US EPA, may be used alone.Selected ReadingsThese journal reprints provide background information for faculty; many are appropriate for distribution to students.
Professors nationwide provide their course syllabi as examples for colleagues who wish to teach about sustainability. Strategies include discussing it during a single class session, integrating it throughout a course, and developing a course specifically about it.
Within most disciplines, we've published at least one case study; in certain areas, we've also published homework, exam and open-ended problems, which vary in scope from a half-hour exam question (see "Accounting") to an extensive design project (see "Chemical Engineering"). These student assignments include teaching notes for the instructor and suggested responses to discussion or exam questions.