Environmental Chemistry - A Reclaimed Oil Refinery Case Study

Inglewood Wildlands Elementary Handbook .pdf file 1.6Mb

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Many of the curriculum outcomes for grades 3-6 can be addressed through the study of a reclaimed oil refinery in our community. Students can also learn how a community came together to solve an environmental challenge in their area.

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The Inglewood Wildlands is 78 acres of land in the heart of the Inglewood community. Students can trace the history of this land, which has been transformed over time from a native hunting ground, to Colonel James Walker’s homestead, to an oil refinery (which lead to an industrial wasteland), and now to an urban wilderness park. The Inglewood Wildlands is presently owned by Petro-Canada, who sponsor this environmental education program.

At the Inglewood Wildlands students contemplate how humans impacted the land and observe the results of various stakeholders in the community coming together to solve this ecological disaster. Through observation and sketching plant and animal life, conducting a pond study, and learning about the recovery of the oil plume from the water table, students can see first-hand the positive results of a community response to a technological problem.

This is a “good news“ story in which students gain a sense of stewardship for the environment and feel empowered that they can make a difference in their own community.

Environmental Chemistry Secondary Handbook .pdf file 1.7Mb

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Right in our own back yard – Inglewood!! Students can see direct evidence of groundwater and soil contamination by hydrocarbons, movement of plumes, the impact on the ecosystems, bioindicators, phytoremediation, water quality and much more. Many of the curriculum outcomes for selected junior high and senior high science topics are addressed through a study of a real environmental disaster which occurred over a period of 40 years within our city.

flax The Inglewood Wildlands is 78 acres of land in the heart of the Inglewood community. This land has been transformed over time from a native hunting ground, to a homestead, to an oil refinery which led to an industrial wasteland, and now to a wilderness park. It is presently owned by Petro-Canada, and the unique environmental education program unfolding the story of this land is sponsored by Petro-Canada.

This is a site where students can contemplate human impact on the landscape, directly observe technological “solutions” currently in use, actively test water and air quality, and discover evidence of the oil refinery legacy as well as the progressive recovery of the land.

 


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