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Research Guide to Sustainability: Environment

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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Library Resources

Truxal's Research Guide to Current Controversies is an excellent starting point for researching Environmental Sustainability.  You'll find links to the library catalog and the best databases to use.  Below are additional resources for Environmental Sustainability topics.


These websites provide information on environmental sustainability:

A comprehensive online database of information regarding the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world

RealClimate: Start Here
A commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists

Sustainability: Water & Ecosystems Services
Information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

United Nations Environment Programme
he world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization

World Conservation Monitoring Centre
A collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme and WCMC 2000, a UK-based charity

TED Talk

Al Gore: 15 ways to avert a climate crisis

With the same humor and humanity he exuded in An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore spells out 15 ways that individuals can address climate change immediately, from buying a hybrid to inventing a new, hotter "brand name" for global warming (16:17). 

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