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Research guide: Sustainability
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Reference Books
  • Encyclopedia of Environment and Society. Ed. Paul Robbins In Gale Reference Library
    Provides issues, concepts, theories, examples, problems, and policies, with the goal of explicating an emerging way of thinking about people and nature. Written by experts from incredibly diverse fields. Publisher
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Circulating Books

Use Subject category Sustainable Development

  • Encyclopedia of human ecology edited by Julia R. Miller et al
    GF4 .E53 2003
    Entries are drawn from the studies of individuals and groups (as in psychology and sociology, for example); from the professions "intended to enhance individual and family life" (education, public health, etc.); and from the various disciplines and professions that study environments, both natural and designed. A sampling from the more than 250 entries includes Aging and technology, Air quality, Child and family poverty, Cognitive and language skills, Contemporary men's movement, Evolution, Family diversity, Functional clothing design, Gender and environment,uvenile justice system, Osteoporosis, Sustainable development, and Youth sports. Profiles of individuals who have contributed significantly to the field of human ecology are given entries. Booklist
  • The culture of denial: why the environmental movement needs a strategy for reforming universities and public schools by C.A. Bowers.  
    GE70 .B677 1997
    Looks at the ideological underpinnings of the educational system to see how it can be changed to support new, ecologically sustainable paths for society.

  • Natural capitalism: creating the next industrial revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins
    HC106.82 .H39 1999
    Offers a new vision for how industry can survive and thrive in the 21st century. It explores the opportunities available in the post-industrial age.

  • Cradle to cradle: remaking the way we make things by William McDonough & Michael Braungart.
    TD794.5 .M395 2002
    Supports an optimistic analysis about the practice of manufacturing and environmentalism. It challenges the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world.

  • The upside of down: catastrophe, creativity, and the renewal of civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon.
    HC79.E5 H66 2006
    Illustrates the view that our ecological crisis doesn't have to mean total global calamity. Through creative reform in the wake of breakdown, it is possible to reinvent our future.

  • Eco-economy: building an economy for the earth by Lester R. Brown
    HC79.E5 B759 2001
    Provides a vision of an environmentally sustainable economy along with a roadmap on how to get from here to there.

  • You can't eat GNP: economics as if ecology mattered by Eric A. Davidson
    HC79.E5 D345 2000
    Offers a blueprint for a truly sustainable economy that recognizes the natural resources (like water, air, and soil) on which we ultimately depend

  • Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed by Jared Diamond
    HN13 .D5 2005
    What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of historical-cultural narratives.

  • Red sky at morning: America and the crisis of the global environment by James Gustave Speth.
    GE149 .S64 2004
    Explains why current approaches to global environmental problems don't work now and won't work in the future. Argues that dramatically different and far-reaching actions by citizens and governments are now urgent
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Library Databases

  • International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
    The journal is one of the first to specifically focused on the subject of sustainability and sustainable development at universities. It provides up-to-date information on new developments and trends, including international experiences, especially from Europe and North America, but also from other parts of the world (e.g. Africa, Latin America, Asia, Oceania). It is a peer-reviewed journal written by people working in the field. Access is through ProQest Database from Ikeda Library database page.
  • Planning for Higher Education
    Search within this journal in ProQuest Research Library Database (on the top of the Ikeda Library database page). Put the journal title in a search box and change the search box category to "Publication Title" Then put other terms in other boxes to perform the search. This is the the journal for the The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), established in 1965, is a collegial community dedicated to sharing, learning, and teaching best practices in planning for colleges and universities. SCUP takes a holistic view of planning; as its name implies, it embraces the full spectrum of planning functions at a post secondary institution, including, but not limited to: academic, campus or master facilities, budgeting and financial resources, infrastructure, and strategic.
  • GreenFILE, a database of information about environmental concerns is available through EBSCO. It indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Search with Keywords to find articles.
  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier
    These are large databases which include full-text of scholarly journal, magazine and newspaper articles. Search with Keywords to find articles
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Audio Visual Materials
  • An inconvenient truth: A global warning by Al Gore
    QC981.8.G56 I533 2006x
    The film that took concern about global warming mainstream.
  • Global Warming: The signs and the science by Michael Taylor
    QC981.8.G56 G563 2005
    This PBS documentary talks to scientists and citizens about the issue and explores what we can do about it.
  • Spaceship earth by Kit Thomas
    TD170 .S62 1991
    Hosted by young people, this program travels around the world to explore three primary environmental issues: deforestation, global warming, and ozone depletion.
  • Global warming: science and solutions by Ron Meyer
    QC981.8.G56 G56 2006
    As seen on public television, this film examines the science of global warming and presents solutions to the problem. It includes DVD extras such as an educator guide, timeline and graphs.
Web Resources
  • Focus the Nation
    Focus the Nation and the Earth Day Network have partnered to make Earth Day on campus count, working to include civic engagement along with the celebration of the environment. Check out these ideas and resources to give your event teeth, and get in touch with your state organizer to put your event on the map. From Focus the Nation webpage

  • Student Environmental Action Coalition
    SEAC-pronounced "seek," as in "seeking" is a grassroots coalition of student and youth environmental groups, working together to protect our planet and our future. Through this united effort, thousands of youth have translated their concern into action by sharing resources, building coalitions, and challenging the limited mainstream definition of environmental issues. From SEAC webpage

  • The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
    The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, ULSF, supports sustainability as a critical focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities worldwide through publications, research, and assessment. From ULSF webpage

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
    AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is a member organization of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. Our mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. From AASHE webpage

  • It’s Getting Hot in Here
    It’s Getting Hot in Here is the voice of a growing movement, a collection of voices from the student and youth leaders of the global movement to stop global warming. Originally created by youth leaders to allow youth to report from the International Climate Negotiations in Montreal, It’s Getting Hot in Here has since grown into a global online community, with over 100 writers from countries around the world. From It's Getting Hot in Here webpage

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