Last night marked the launch of our first annual Education for a Changing Climate workshop.  After a reception sponsored by the Orion Society, workshop faculty member Nalini Nadkarni issued an “environmental challenge” for all participants.  Over the course of the workshop week, we’ll be using the following mode for scientific inquiry to think about environmental issues and how we can bring them to the classroom:

For the sake of this challenge,participants in our workshop have been placed into small groups.  Each group will identify an environmental problem from local litter to melting ice caps.  They’ll then consider solutions; perhaps most importantly, they will also discuss ways to convey that information to a given audience and inspire action.  On Friday night, each group will present their findings.  I can’t wait.

When planning the workshop, program faculty and administrators thought a lot about this system and its applications.  It seems to me the basic format could be applied to any number of situations, from a college classroom to a recycling center board of directors.  As a teacher of writing, I find myself wondering how this framework might be used in a course like college composition.  Certainly, it would make the experience more real and more, well, experiential.  I wonder if you all have ideas about how we might apply the framework to liberal arts classes and projects?