ASSIGNMENT 1 Sustainable Living Guide Contributions: Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystems



Sustainable Living Guide Contributions: Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapters 1 and 2 in the course textbook. The purpose of this assignment is twofold: first, to enable you to explore a term (concept, technique, place, etc.) related to this week’s theme of sustaining Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems; second, to provide your first contribution to a collective project, the Class Sustainable Living Guide. Your work this week, and in the weeks that follow, will be gathered (along with that of your peers) into a master document that you will receive a few days after the end of the course. The document will provide everyone with a variety of ideas for how we can all live more sustainably in our homes and communities.

To complete this assignment,

· Select a term from the list of choices in the Week 1 – Term Selection Table located in the course. Type your name in the table, next to the word that you would like to choose.

o Do not select a term that a classmate has already chosen; only one student per term. If you choose a term that is hyperlinked to a source, that term is one that is not mentioned in our textbook. Instead of being required to use the text as your third source for completing the assignment, you will be expected to use the hyperlinked source provided for you.

· Download the Week 1 Assignment Template available in the course and replace the guiding text with your own words based upon your online research.

o Please do not include a cover page. All references, however, should be cited in your work and listed at the end, following APA Style expectations.

In the template, you will

· Define the term thoroughly, in your own words.

· Explain the importance of the term using evidence.

· Discuss how the term affects living things and the physical world.

· Suggest two specific actions that can be taken to promote environmental sustainability in relation to the term.

· Explain exactly how those actions will aid in safeguarding our environment in relation to your chosen term.

· Provide detailed examples to support your ideas.

The Sustaining Living Guide Contributions: Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystems paper

· Must be a minimum of three paragraphs in length (not including title, any quoted text, or references) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.)

· Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.

· Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text. To aid you in your research, and particularly in locating scholarly sources via the Ashford University Library or using Google Scholar, please review the following Ashford videos and tutorials:

o Scholarly and Popular Resources (Links to an external site.)

o (Links to an external site.)Database Search Tips (Links to an external site.)

o (Links to an external site.)Research, Keywords, Databases: An Overview (Links to an external site.)

o Accessing Full text and citation in Google Scholar: SCI207 – Google Scholar (Links to an external site.)

· Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)

· Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.

Week 1 – Sustainable Living Guide

Locate the term you you would like to research, click the Edit button, type your name in the block next to the term, and click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page.

This is a shared page that can be edited by the instructor and your peers. The text space will adjust to what is needed during the editing process. Be sure to not edit any work that is not your own as this action cannot be undone. Before submitting, ensure you have added all of your content before clicking the “Save” button on the bottom of the page.

Week 1: Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Your Term

Your Name



Biodiversity Hotspot


Carrying Capacity

Convention on Biological Diversity

Convention on International trade in Endangered Species


Jeanmarie Curtis


Ecosystem Services

Keshena Mobley


Endangered Species

Lisa Eldridge

Endangered Species Act

Endemic Species



Food Chain

Tiffani Hudson

Food Web

Terry Brandt

Habitat Loss

Half-Earth Project

Remon Berry

Invasive Species

Keystone Species

Jessica New

Natural Capital

Planetary Boundaries


Erica Tucker

Range Tolerance

Risk Analysis

Sustainable Development

Systems Thinking

Tipping Point


Week 1: Ecological Footprint Update and Course Reflection

Prior to beginning work on this journal, read Chapters 1 and 2 in your course textbook.

Welcome to SCI207! Throughout this course, you will be asked to keep a journal about your experience in the class. The purpose of this activity is to enable you to reflect on your learning: what new things you have discovered, what surprises you have encountered, what topics or ideas you have found particularly challenging, and how the course is going for you. During the five weeks in which you are participating in the Environmental Footprint Reduction Project, in Week 2 through Week 4 you will also use this journal as a space for a progress report on your efforts. Your entries will be evaluated in terms of how well they met the topic and length requirements, and your writing clarity. Your entries should be a minimum of one typed page each (double-spaced, Times New Roman, and 12-point font) and will be submitted through Waypoint.

Complete the following:

· In the first paragraph or two of your first journal entry, please reflect on your previous experiences, if any, with environmental science and environmental issues. What new things do you hope to learn in this course? What concerns or fears do you have about this class? What strategies to you plan to put in place to address them?

· In another one or two paragraphs, share your thoughts about the first week of class. What did you learn? What experiences stand out for you? What tasks or content did you find difficult or frustrating? What activities did you find surprising or exciting? Looking ahead, what are your intrigued or concerned by in the second week of the course?

· Finally, make a list of at least five lifestyle changes you plan to commit to making for your course-long Ecological Footprint Reduction Project. Once you have recorded them in your journal, you should begin taking those steps and keeping a weekly journal record of your efforts. You will report on the results in a class discussion in Week 5.