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Research Guide to Sustainability: Energy

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 Sustainable Energy.  You'll find links to the library catalog and the best databases to use.  Below are additional resources for Sustainable Energy topics.


These websites contain information about sustainable energy:

American Council on Renewable Energy
romotes all renewable energy options for the production of electricity, hydrogen, fuels and end-use energy

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Information from the U.S. Department of Energy

Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal covering all areas of renewable and sustainable energy-related fields that apply to the physical science and engineering communities

National Rewable Energy Laboratory
Learn about NREL's research and development of renewable fuels and electricity that advance national energy goals to change the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars

Power Hungry: Reinventing the U.S. Power Grid
eries of National Public Radio stories examining the costs, politics, and other challenges of upgrading the country's electricity grid

Sustainability: Energy, Biofuels, and Climate Change
Information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Visual Dictionary: Energy
From Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary Online

TED Talk

Amory Lovins: We must win the oil endgame

In this energizing talk, Amory Lovins lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy (19:44). 

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