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Research Guide to Sustainability: Sustainability

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching sustainability topics

Defining Sustainability

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. "

-United Nations, Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, 1987

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Sustainability - Overview

The following open-access websites provide definitions of sustainability and overviews of sustainability issues, ideas, and tactics:

Introduction to Sustainable Development

 

UN Documents: Sustainable Development

TED Talk

Alex Steffen: Inspired ideas for a sustainable future

Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries (17:34). 

For more information about this subject or this speaker, visit this talk at ted.org.

For more ted.org talks on sustainability topics, visit

Ted Talks Tag > Sustainability

Research Assistance

If we can further assist you in your search for information, please drop by the reference desk or contact reference staff at 410-777-2456 or refdesk@aacc.edu

Any currently-enrolled AACC student can make an appointment through the Virtual Writing Center for one-on-one research assistance that is provided completely online.

eBook Spotlight

You might find the following eBooks useful as introductions to sustainability concepts and issues. You will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card to access these resources from off-campus.

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