Your essay should relate explicitly to principles and practices of sustainability as explored in this course. Essays must consider both the item’s physical impact on the earth and the positive and/or negative impacts the item has on human communities involved in and affected by its production, transport, and/or disposal. You must choose to emphasize either the physical or the social, rather than both. You are expected to also convey an awareness of the other’s impacts (i.e., if you focus on the physical, you must convey an awareness of the social, and vice-versa). All essays should also explore and address more sustainable alternatives to the item under consideration.
Your audience for this essay is an intelligent general readership. The essay should be between 2000 and 3000 words long (that’s 7 to 10 pages of double-spaced text if you’re using standard one inch margins and 12 point font). In addition, your essay must include a bibliography (using MLA or APA format) of all sources cited with information drawn from each of the following source categories (the guidelines below are a minimum):
• 2 scholarly sources from books and/or peer-reviewed journals
• 3 high quality and reliable websites —Wikipedia will NOT be accepted as a credible source
• 3 other high quality and reliable sources of your choice