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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.
- taxpayer-funded subscription database - requires city library card outside of library
- You can find general background information on sustainability through our catalog
- Encyclopedia 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
- Encyclopedia 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
Green Building & Energy Efficiency
- The library has many books on a sustainable lifestyle. Here are a few sample subject keyword searches that will give good results - sustainable living, waste minimization, recycling, cooking (natural foods), organic living, and green products
- The Downtown Library has many magazines that cater to a sustainable lifestyle. Here are a few examples: Adbusters, Countryside and Small Stock Journal, GreenSource: the Magazine of Sustainable Design, MaryJanesFarm, Mother Earth Living, and Mother Earth News. Similar magazines can be found online through our magazine databases or through our Zinio online magazine service
- Encyclopedia of Food and Culture - in this database you can search for articles on organic food and sustainable agriculture
- DownToEarthNW.com's Blogs - includes local blogs on sustainable living and travel
- The Green Zone campus includes outdoor demonstration sites and indoor displays. Information points throughout the site interpret demonstrations of environmentally sustainable practices
- Spokane Neighborhood Action Program's Living Green program offers events and classes on sustainable living
- The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System has background on all the different types of recycling available in the area, including the Clean Green yard waste bins and single stream recycling
- Washington Farmer's Market Association's Directory lists local markets, including their open days and times