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Research Guide to Sustainability: Architecture

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 Architecture is an excellent starting point for researching Sustainable Architecture.  You'll find links to the library catalog and the best databases to use.  Below are additional resources for Sustainable Architecture topics.


These websites contain information about sustainable architecture:

EPA: Sustainability
Information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about sustainability

Green Building
Informatioin from the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about using healthier and more resource-efficient models of building construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition

Inhabitat: Green Architecture
Weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future

Sustainable Architecture
Documents from University of Michigan's Sustainable Architecture Compendium

U.S. Green Building Council
Contains information on the council, its LEED rating system, and many other green building resources

Whole Building Design Guide
A collaborative effort among federal agencies, private sector companies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions

TED Talk

William McDonough: The wisdom of designing Cradle to Cradle

Architect William McDonough believes that green design can prevent environmental disaster - while also driving economic growth. He champions “cradle to cradle” design that considers the full life cycle of a product, from its creation with sustainable materials to a recycled afterlife (20:05). 

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

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