This community includes collections of six sustainability courses created by faculty of RCN institutions. These course materials (learning objects) can be reused at different granularity levels, such as a chapter or a stand alone item (image, audio, or video). The six courses are Introduction to South Texas, Water, Air Quality, Building Sustainability Environment, Sustainability Society, and Energy.

The course items are free to use by faculty of RCN CE3SAR institutions. Other users need permission to reuse these materials. Contact phone: 361-825-3047, Point of Contact: Hong Xu

Collections in this community

  • Global Dimension in Engineering Education

    The ‘Global Dimension in Engineering Education’ (GDEE) network is an initiative that aims to increase the awareness, critical understanding and attitudinal values of undergraduates and postgraduates students in technical ...
  • Introduction to South Texas

    Animations and videos created by Dr. Kenneth Tobin at Texas A&M International University.
  • Sustainable Energy

    This is a short sustainability course.
  • Texas Aquatic Science

    A guide for students -- From molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean created by Dr. Rudolph Rosen

Recent Submissions

  • Chapter 4: Living in Water 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    All aquatic species, including fish and other aquatic animals, are uniquely adapted to life in or around water.
  • Chapter 6: Texas Aquatic Ecosystems 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Ecosystems are complex interdependent webs of relationships between living and nonliving things. Texas has six kinds of aquatic ecosystem supporting significant biodiversity.
  • Chapter 7: Aquifers and Springs 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Springs have attracted humans to settle nearby where water is abundant, but careful use is necessary to balance the recharge of aquifers with the use by people. Aquifers and springs also provide aquatic habitats where ...
  • Chapter 9: Lakes and Ponds 

    Rosen, Rudolph (2016-01)
    Lakes and ponds provide habitat for many plants, insects, fish, birds and other wildlife, much of our drinking water and important economic and recreational opportunities for Texans.
  • Chapter 2: Water: The Ultimate Recyclable 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    The earth’s water is one, finite supply that moves from streams to lakes to oceans, flowing underground, freezing on mountaintops and forming the clouds we see in the sky. All this moving and shifting around of water is ...
  • Chapter 12: Oceans: The Gulf of Mexico 

    Rosen, Rudolph (2016-01)
    The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most productive waters in the world, and it is among the most threatened by human actions and neglect.
  • Chapter 5: From Sun to Sunfish 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Aquatic habitats are communities in which complex interactions take place among populations and individual organisms as they compete for limited resources in an interdependent web of relationships.
  • Chapter 13: Water for People and the Environment 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    ne of the greatest challenges facing Texas is balancing the water needs of people with the needs of our environment. We are all connected by water, and how much usable water we have for the future will depend on what we ...
  • Chapter 8: Streams and Rivers 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Texas streams and rivers support diverse ecosystems that are dependent upon the size and flow of water. The healthiest streams and rivers are those with the least altered natural processes.
  • Chapter 11: Bays and Estuaries 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Texas bays and estuaries provide vital ecosystems and nursery habitat for many important Gulf species, feeding and resting places for migrating birds, and billions of dollars to the Texas economy.
  • Chapter 10: Wetlands 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, and home to many specially adapted plant and wildlife species. Wetlands provide many important benefits to people, fish, and wildlife.
  • Chapter 3: What’s Your Watershed Address? 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Everyone lives in a watershed. Everything that happens on the land affects the water in that watershed.
  • Chapter 1: Water is Life 

    Rosen, Rudolph (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Water has properties that make it essential to life. And although the earth is known as “the water planet,” it has limited quantities of available freshwater.
  • Cameron County Storm Surge 

    Tobin, Kenneth (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Cameron County Storm Surge. SLOSH model results for Cameron County, Texas (Brownsville) showing inundation from storm surge associated with a category 1 to 5 hurricane.
  • Climate Change Scenarios Annual Average Temperatures 2020-2099 

    Rosen, Kenneth (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Climate Change Scenarios Annual Average Temperatures 2020-2099. Business as usual climate change scenario shows the significant changes in annual average temperature in Texas during the 21st century.
  • Climate Change Scenarios Annual Total Precipitation 2020-2099 

    Tobin, Kenneth (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    Climate Change Scenarios Annual Total Precipitation 2020-2099. Business as usual climate change scenario illustrates possible changes in annual precipitation in Texas during the 21st century
  • South Texas Projections 2020-2070 Total Water Demand for Irrigation 

    Tobin, Kenneth (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    South Texas Projections 2020-2070 Total Water Demand for Irrigation. Future (2020-2070) South Texas water demand for irrigation in each county is shown.
  • South Texas Projections 2020-2070 Municipal Water Demand Total 

    Tobin, Kenneth (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    South Texas Projections 2020-2070 Municipal Water Demand Total. Future (2020-2070) South Texas municipal water demand is depicted on a county basis.
  • South Texas Projections 2020-2070 Individual Water Demand Per Person 

    Tobin, Kenneth (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    South Texas Projections 2020-2070 Individual Water Demand Per Person. Future (2020-2070) South Texas water demand is normalized on a per person basis in each county.
  • South Texas Historic Total Water Demand and Projections 

    Tobin, Kenneth (RCN CE3SAR project, 2016-01)
    South Texas Historic Total Water Demand and Projections. Historic (1984-2012) and future (2020-2070) total South Texas water demand (county) is illustrated.

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