Have you read an informative and
interesting book or article about nature, the environment, or
sustainability? Let us know the title, author, and provide a brief
description. The following books are recommended by members of your
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking
the Way We Make Things, by William McDonough and Michael
Braungart. North Point Press. 2002. This book
questions the "cradle to grave" manufacturing model that
creates waste and pollution, and explains how "products can be
designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they will
provide nourishment for something new."
Turning the Tide: Saving
the Chesapeake Bay, by Tom Horton, Chesapeake Bay
Foundation. Island Press. 2003. "In 1991,
Island Press published Turning the Tide, a unique and accessible
examination of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. This new edition of
Turning the Tide makes a vital contribution to the effort to restore
the Bay. It addresses new developments of the past decade and
examines the factors that will have the most significant effects of
the health of the Bay in the coming years."
Diet for a New America: How
Your Food Choices Affect your Health, Happiness, and the Future of
Life on Earth, by John Robbins. H.J.Kramer. 1987.
This book focuses on how our eating habits impact our health and the
environment and suggests that one of the most important things we can
do for the environment is to reconsider our food choices. The
book is highly recommended by many campus employees.
Greening the College Curriculum: A
Guide to Environmental Teaching in the Liberal Arts; edited by
Jonathan Collett and Stephen Karakashian. Island Press. 1996. This
book is a collection of chapters presented by different authors that
looks at ways to include environmental literacy across the
curriculum. Chapters on Economics, Philosophy, Geography,
History, and more, provide perspectives on how to
"mainstream" environmental education.
Farewell to Fossil Fuels: Reviewing
America's Energy Policy, by Sidney Borowitz. Plenum Publishing
Corporation. 1999. This book does an excellent job of teaching about
energy in a very interesting way. There are chapters on the fossil
fuels (natural gas, coal, and oil) and on the sustainable energy
alternatives (wind, solar, biomass, fuel cells) along with an
examination of existing energy policies.
Ecodemia: Campus Environmental
Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century, By Julian Keniry.
National Wildlife Federation. 1995. This book provides stories and
examples of how colleges and universities across the United States
have altered their campus operations in response to growing
Earth Odyssey: Around the World in
Search of Our Environmental Future, by Mark Hertsgaard. This
compelling book takes the reader on a thought-provoking tour around
the world with this local author. Read his insights as he experiences
first hand the environmental impacts of technology, agriculture,
politics around the world.
The following is a list of environmentally-related web
sites and library resources recommended by campus librarians. Contact a research librarian at the campus library for more
Architecture and Community
A bibliography of sustainable architecture resources in communities
throughout the United States. Many of the sites show how sustainable
practices are enforced and the results.
Blanchard, J.R. & L. Farrell, eds. Guides to Sources for
Agricultural and Biological Research. U.S. National Agricultural
Library. University of California Press. 1981-.
An annotated bibliography of resources in 9 subject areas subdivided.
"Areas covered are agriculture and biology, plant sciences, crop
protection, animal sciences, physical science, social sciences, food
and nutrition, environmental science and computerized database for
research." Indexed by author, subject and title. Appendix
includes acronyms and abbreviations, information network and
Centre for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment.
An online bibliography of data and web sites about the environment. The
focus is qualitative and quantitative evaluation and measurement of
environmental issues. The fields of study are energy and air
pollution, sustainable development, economic instruments and
This site is in two languages, English and French.
Ecological Enterprise Inc. The
Source . Wisconsin, 1999.
This site provides "over 3000 links to full text searches of
Internet content, and news."
Topics covered are sustainability, ocean, air, land, water and
regions. There is an overwhelming amount of information. It would take
a long time to get through it all. It is best to search by keyword
rather than links.
Effland, Anne B. & Mry Gold. Women in Agriculture and Rural
Life: An International Bibliography. U.S.D.A., 1998.
A bibliography of women in agriculture. The arrangement is by country
or profession. The resources are print, electronic, web based and
Environlink.org The Online Environmental Community.
Environlink offers current information and news on environmental
issues. It is a non-profit organization that promotes a sustainable
society and gathers resources to inform groups and individuals. The
site is divided into links for topics, regions (using an atlas),
categories and keyword or zip code and city searching and a forum.
There is a newsletter that can be subscribed to. The site is well
organized; articles are short showing contributors names and
references (often). The site has a lot of depth.
Environmental RouteNet. Cambridge Scientific Abstracts.
Environmental databases and information sources are available from
this Internet source.
Environment related information is found in news articles, electronic
and web based journals, abstract databases, newsletters and web sites.
Access in available through a paid subscription.
Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. International Information
Resources on the Environment: Agenda 21 and Earth Summits.
The university library has put together a bibliography of online
resources of the International summits on environmental issues. The
information dates back to 1992. The "comments section"
gives an annotation of the resource.
Weiskel, Timothy. "Topics in Environmental Ethics." 1998.
A bibliography focused on resources on ethics and resource management.
All sources are
print. A source for reviews of ethics. This source provides access to
important information for students.
World Foundation for Environment and Development. Bibliography:
Biodiversity Access and Benefit Sharing. 2001.
This bibliography was created to "improve access to literature
concerning biodiversity access and benefit sharing." The
citations cover a wide range of subjects in ecology.
All sources are print.
National Wildlife Federation. Conservation Directory
edition. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2002.
Descriptive listing of U.S. and state government agencies,
non-government organizations, non-profit organizations, international
government agencies, regional organizations, commissions and
educational institutions (with programs). The book is divided into
sections beginning with Congressional Committees.
The extent of information varies consisting of the organization name,
address, phone number, membership, scope, contacts and date of
establishment. There is a special section for "federally
protected areas". The various indexes, i.e. organization,
keyword, staff name, geographic permit information to be readily
found. This publication would be of benefit to any library or patron.
Collett, Jonathan & Stephen Karakashian. Greening the College
Curriculum: A Guide to Environmental Teaching in Liberal Arts.
Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1997.
Twelve chapters of ideas on educating the college community. Useful
resources, course plans and ways to incorporate environmental
programs, films, and organizations. There is a lack of indexing. A
practical source to use in introductory environmental courses.
Lampkin, Nicholas. Organic Farming.
This British agricultural economist explains the "scientific
principles and techniques in organic farming." The following
areas are covered livestock husbandry, weed control and the economic
and physical effects of organic farming.
This 750 page book is divided into chapters by category.
Mirovitskaya, Natalia & William Ascher, ed. Guide to
Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy. North Carolina: Duke
University Press, 2001.
This work provides information on the subjects of environmental laws,
issues and debates. Terminology is defined, issues are addressed and
agendas and conferences are highlighted. A global view of the topic is
taken. "The subjects are arranged in broad topics making it
necessary to have a working knowledge in the field. The is a
comprehensive index, cross references and an extensive
Student Conservation Association. The Guide to Graduate
Environmental Programs. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1997.
An overview of 150 American graduate schools and 400 programs.
"The profiles give brief descriptions of schools, program
information, faculty and admissions contacts, program facts and areas
of specialization. The coverage is limited but the information is very
detailed." Informative reference tool for students in the field.
Brown, Deni. New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses. New York:
Dorling Kindersley, 2001.
Brief descriptions of the history, continental cultivation, design of
gardens and use of herbs. Plants and variants are described in terms
of flavor, size, color, habit and cropping. It contains a glossary and
an index by subject and common names; a list of herb gardens (that can
be visited) and a bibliography. This is a hands-on users guide with
Calow, Peter, ed. Blackwell's Concise Encyclopedia of Ecology.
Massachusetts: Blackwell Science, 1999.
"The concentrated subjects in this source are ecology, population
and community ecology, behavioral ecology, soil, climate and water.
This comprehensive encyclopedia has over 2000 terms defined, fully,
cross referenced and a minimal amount of technical language."
Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change. England: John Wiley
"A comprehensive reference source covering the multi-disciplinary
fields of environmental science (ecology, agriculture, etc.)." A
"thematic approach" that includes applications, theory and
interrelationships. The content includes biographies of
environmental scientist, definitions and descriptions of
international terms. This is a five volume set.