Preserving the Legacy is concerned with first understanding the environment and then learning how to protect it. It was in conjunction with the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) and the National Science Foundation.
Academic Team Leader
Howard Guyer, Fullerton College (CA)
Ann Boyce, Bakersfield College (CA)
Doug Feil, Kirkwood Community College (IA)
Andrew J. Silva, Eastern Idaho Technical College (ID)
PETE Regional Representatives
David Boon, Front Range Community College (CO)
William Engel, TREEO Center, University of Florida
Eldon Engel, Delta College (MI)
Doug Nelson, SUNY Morrisville (NY)
Stephen Onstot, Fullerton College
Ray Sietz,Emeritus, Columbia Basin College (WA)
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Topics Covered in Preserving The Legacy:
1. Air examines the environmental threat to the thin band of life-supporting oxygen in the atmosphere around Earth. Visiting power plants in the U.S. and abroad, learners study the treatment of emissions from coal-burning plants and look at the effect of fossil fuels on the air. This episode also highlights the application of stationary and mobile fuel cell technology, from manufacturing facilities in Canada to prototype buses rolling down the streets of Chicago.
2. Ecology examines a number of primary environmental concepts: the carbon cycle, the hydrologic cycle, and the food chain. Through interviews and animation, learners visit a man-made ecological habitat, and hear from its scientists as well as air and water experts from the Environmental Defense Fund about global warming and climate change.
3. Hazardous Materials surveys the use of hazardous substances and the ramifications of their illegal disposal into the environment, as well as the attendant political, economic and personal impacts on the lives of ordinary citizens
4. Health Effects of Hazardous Materials considers how chemicals that enter the environment can adversely impact human health, with toxicologists narrating two case studies that illustrate how science can discover the cause of some puzzling illnesses.
5. Occupational Safety and Health depicts the struggle to improve workplace safety by looking at coal miners, scientists developing rocket engines, an industrial hygienist at a Boeing facility, and an OSHA safety inspection at a machine shop.
6. Paths of Pollution defines and explains the four mediums -- air, water, soil and biota (living material) -- and presents a case study that demonstrates their interaction. Using PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), a once-popular but now banned liquid insulator, learners see how a contaminant can migrate from one compartment to another.
7. Sustaining Earth introduces a trendsetting chain of factories in Denmark that use waste from one industry as raw material for another (industrial symbiosis). In addition, viewers will visit EcoVillage in Ithaca, New York; a community practicing “sustainable” living.
8. The Delicate Balance - Part I investigates the origin of the current global environmental crisis, reviews environmental science from a historical perspective - starting with pioneers John Muir and Rachel Carson -- and introduces the concept of sustainability.
9. The Delicate Balance - Part II continues the opening lesson by looking at the role of population and the challenge of merging environmental and economic sustainability; the episode also introduces such issues as consumption, waste, deforestation, species loss and global climate change.
10. The Force of Law looks at the way in which environmental laws are promulgated and enforced, and features interviews with legislators, lobbyists and scientists to present and analyze the wide range of viewpoints -- from public health to economic impact -- that affect legislation.
11. Waste - Part I demonstrates how the world's largest landfill in New York City copes with 13,000 tons of solid waste each day, introduces the concept of materials recycling, and explores the challenges presented by military-generated (WIPPS) nuclear waste. Underlying the discussions are the concepts of environmental justice and "NIMBY-ism."
12. Waste - Part II continues the exploration of such issues as environmental justice, the importance of materials recycling, and the problems of civilian nuclear waste, DDT and other hazardous waste materials.
13. Water, once seen as the absorber of all of humanity's wastes, now faces formidable marine pollution problems. The episode explores the international ramifications of water-related pollution problems, and explores the hardships and health risks caused by mismanagement of this precious resource.
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