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Research Guide to Sustainability: Business

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


These websites contain information about sustainable business:

Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council
A business-led educational and advocacy organization promoting sustainable business viability, awareness, and impact within the Chesapeake region

Green Guide for New Businesses
From b, which helps small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services supporting the nation’s small business community

The Guardian: Sustainable Business
The Guardian's coverage of the environmental impacts of business

The New York Times: Sustainable Business
News about sustainable business, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Sustainable Business Institute
A nonpartisan 501c(3) nonprofit which provides companies committed to sustainability a venue for sharing best practices and promoting shared goals

TED Talk

Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability

At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce (15:55). 

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