Environment and Resource Management (CGR4E) with David

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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Environment and Resource Management (CGR4E) with David

The following course outline "Environment and Resource Management (CGR4E)" is designed for an alternative secondary school setting by educator David Spencer.

Course Code: CGR4E

Course Description: Environment and Resource Management (CGR4E)examines the impact of human activities on the natural environment and emphasizes responsible resource management, mainly in the context of the local environment. Students will learn about ecosystem structures and processes, the ecological impact of human activities, and sustainable resource management, and will develop practical solutions to environmental and resource management issues.

Achievement Chart

Categories ---Percentage of the Course

Knowledge and Understanding: 15%

Thinking: 20%

Communication: 15%

Application: 20%

Culminating Unit: 15%

Final Evaluation: 15%

Class Schedule

To view our class schedule and activities online, please visit WE (Wilderness Experience) with David Semester One.


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  • The billion tree campaign from the United Nations
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  • Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Their mission is to foster sustainable futures through integrated research and learning about the linkages among human and natural systems, to support decision making for local to global scales. The Institute for Resources, the Environment and Sustainability (IRES) is both an interdisciplinary research institute and a major interdisciplinary graduate education program at the University of British Columbia.
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  • Sustainability Institute based in Lynedoch, Stellenbosch, South Africa was established in 1999 by Eve Annecke and Mark Swilling, focuses on learning for sustainable living and is based within the Lynedoch EcoVillage Development, Stellenbosch. The focus has been combining practice with theory in a way that integrates ecology and equity in support of a sustainable South Africa, with special reference to ways of reducing and eradicating poverty. They run the Lynedoch Eco-Village an international living and learning centre focusing on studies and experiences in ecology, community and spirit, set in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands.
  • Rachel Carson amd her book [Silent Spring]. Rachel Carson's environmental ethics. Rachel is on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the Century.