The Mock Environmental Impact Statement

Alverno Science Inquiry Activities on the Internet

Activity: Write a mock Environmental Impact Statement, present it, and defend it
Level: College students in ecology or environmental science
Time: Students will need 2-3 weeks, classroom time depends on time needed to present results
Objectives: After successfully completing this activity, the student will be able to:

Author: Rebecca Burton, feel free to email questions and comments from you and your students.Creation and maintenance of this web site was made possible by NSF-ILI Grant DUE 9750658.


The National Science Foundation has recommended that college science courses get students "involved in groups working on real, open-ended problems." One activity that allows students this experience is the development of a mock environmental impact statement (MEIS). This project lends itself readily to problem-based learning. Students must define the problem, identify questions and needed information, gather information using a variety of tools, synthesize concepts from different disciplines and work together to come up with feasible plans which they must then present and defend. The activity is flexible enough to be used in ecology and environmental science courses with classes of varying size and composition.


Modifications for large classes: General recommendations:

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Last update: 4/11 by Rebecca Burton, Dept. of Biology, Alverno College