This page last changed on Feb 27, 2006 by stepheneb.
The Education for Sustainable Futures (ESF) project at CC developed the three Java applications described below:
Source archive of the code below: esf.tar.gz (13MB).
What-If Builder Version 1.2
The What-If Builder is a tool to create decision-tree models, also known as 'Action Mazes,' 'tree literature,' 'plot branching,' or 'choose your own adventure.' A model consists of short sections of narrative, each ending with a choice for the reader that determines what happens next and thus which section of narrative the reader is presented with next.
Community Planner v1.0
The Community Planner is a spatial modeling and visualization tool for community design and evaluation. Students can create a map of a neighborhood, town, or community, and analyze the map based on indicators that they can help define. The software supports the learning of map-making and map-reading skills, and the visualization and analysis of communities based on the objects and variables placed on the map.
Ecological Footprint Calculator RP
The Ecological Footprint Calculator measures our use of nature, by calculating how much land is required to produce all of the resources we consume, and absorb all of the waste we produce. The concept is described in the book, Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, by William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel. We are developing the Ecological Footprint Calculator as a tool for students to calculate their own ecological footprint, and to visualize their footprint in various ways (e.g. how many earths we would need if everyone on Earth had a footprint like theirs).