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Sustainability Resources


General Background

Local Environment

Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Green Business

Sustainable Lifestyle

Transportation Alternatives


Introduction

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 through our catalog
  • 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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