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Sustainability Resources


General Background

Local Environment

Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Green Business

Sustainable Lifestyle

Transportation Alternatives


Introduction

Spokane Public Library has developed a new Green Spokane Collection of books and media on sustainability and environmental issues.  You can browse the collection at the Downtown Library on the second floor.  The collection was developed in conjunction with the Mayor's Sustainability Task Force, with funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce


Here is one definition of sustainability from Washington State University:

  • Sustainable developments are those which fulfill present and future needs while only using and not harming renewable resources and unique human-environmental systems of a site: air, water, land, energy, and human ecology and/or those of other off-site sustainable systems.

The following links provide local resources on sustainability

Subscription database- taxpayer-funded subscription database - requires city library card outside of library

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General Background

  • You can find general background information on sustainability by checking out books and other media in the library's new Green Spokane Collection on the Second Floor at the Downtown Library
  • Subscription databaseEncyclopedia of Environment and Society - provides issues, concepts, theories, examples, problems, and policies, with the goal of explicating an emerging way of thinking about people and nature
  • Subscription databaseEncyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change - explores major topics related to global warming and climate change - ranging geographically from the North Pole to the South Pole, and thematically from social effects to scientific causes
  • DownToEarthNW.com - resource for the latest local and national news about conservation, sustainability efforts, organic techniques and general "Green" living, from the Spokesman Review.  Some of the writers also have a radio program on KYRS, including a podcast version you can listen to any time. 
  • Environment Resources - links to environmental services, permits, outdoor recreation, natural resources, forestry, farming and more from Washington State
  • Futurewise is a statewide public interest group working to promote healthy communities and cities while protecting farmland, forests and shorelines today and for future generations
  • Go Green Directory is a local directory for green services and products, including many of the topics below, such as green building and sustainable lifestyles. This is a very large file and may take a while to download
  • Green Spokane from the city's Green Team lists reports and programs, especially on governmental policy

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