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Capstone course covers the Chesapeake

June 6, 2012 — When thinking about the many players that influence the Chesapeake Bay’s health – homeowners, farmers, developers, watermen, policy makers – it’s easy to consider them as being in competition. A sophisticated computer game dispelled that notion for students recently as they took on those roles and tried to balance economic interests with environmental sustainability.

“If we all don’t win, we don’t win,” said David Smith of the University of Virginia as he and colleague Jeffrey Plank facilitated the UVA Bay Game with a class of UD environmental studies and environmental science majors.

The participatory simulation game about nutrient management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is aimed at raising awareness of environmental stewardship. The object is to balance economic activity with the health of the bay, measured by low oxygen levels from excessive nitrogen and phosphorous pollution.

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