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SCN 494- Sustainability Science for Teachers

This "sustainability for teachers" guide provides over 50 short videos and resources covering the main issues related to sustainability. These issues are: population, human needs, natural resources, water,recycling, equity, and much more. Enjoy it!


Concepts from the Readings

  • Water use in Phoenix
  • Where water comes from
  • How water is stored, delivered, and treated
  • Where water goes
  • How is water reused

Main Readings

- Where does your water come from? - Arizona  

The city of Phoenix website provides information about the history of Phoenix water, where Phoenix gets its water, history of population and water use, drought and climate change, etc.

Arizona Water Facts
EPA fact sheet about Arizona water supply.

This pdf document prepared by the Water Education Foundation and the University of Arizona Water Resources provides all the basic information about water in Arizona.
Very informative article about the water usage in Arizona- Greater Phoenix, and how much of the water the farmers have been using up until now in the area.

Additional Readings

- (PDF) The water-energy nexus

This article published by the University of Arizona explains the link of water and energy, and how one resource depends on the other one and vice-versa. The article provides specific examples in the context of Arizona state.

- Changing water use and demand in the southwest

This article talks about the water needs and demans in the southwest, the threats to ecological and human communities and the underlying issues about changing water supply for the region.

- (PDF) Water, people, and the future: water availability for agriculture in the United States

this paper discusses the diverse demands for water resources -past, present, and future- using the impacts, regulations, challenges, as policies of specific U.S. states as examples. This paper provides case studies for four specific areas in the United states: California, arizona, Florida, and the High Plains

- Phoenix water quality

This article by the city of Phoenix provide a brief overview of the process to produce drinking water in Phoenix.

- (PDF) When our water returns: Gila river indian community and diabetes

This case explores the high rate of diabetes on the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) of Arizona. Part I provides a brief history of the GRIC and their recent historic water settlement. Part II looks at diabetes and possible causes of diabetes on the GRIC. The case concludes with the question of what has contributed to the GRIC having such a high rate of diabetes and whether a return to traditional foods can address this critical issue.

- Sharing Colorado River Water: History, Public Policy and the Colorado River Compact

This is a very extensive article about the history of water resources from the Colorado river.

Online Resources

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