New Research Guide: Physics First – Space Sustainability

By - Research & Instruction Librarian March 28th, 2013

Now on the Ohrstrom Library site is a new research guide in support of the Physics Firsts students investigating the sustainability of humans living in space.

Spotlight on: The  4-volume Reference set,  2012 ed. of Space Sciences living within the Library’s digital reference collection.

Research guides gather together the most pertinent library resources for a specific project, from the larger (and ever-expanding) universe of Library sources/collections.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Sanborn (lsanborn at sps dot edu) for a research consultation and/or to discuss any of the items in this guide.


New Reference Book: The Business of Sustainability

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 31st, 2011

The Business of Sustainability edited by Chris Laszlo, et al.  Berkshire, 2010.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 363.7 B455S

Volume 2 of a larger, projected, 10 volume set titled Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. This volume, numbered 2 in the set,  focuses on concepts, subjects and people related to the “interface between industry and society” (intro, xxii).  Examples include:

  • Cradle to Cradle
  • Energy Industries – Geothermal
  • Greenwashing
  • Health Care Industry
  • Transparency
  • Zero Waste

Helpful for
: Ecology, Global Studies, Eco-Action, Environmental Literature and Ethics, Earth Day, Humanities, Economics

New Reference Book: Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 18th, 2011

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy edited by J. Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman, Gale, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 363.7 C13E

A 2-volume set focused on concepts, subjects and people related to environmental ethics and philosophy.  Examples include:

  • Caves
  • Economic Discounting
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Habitat Loss
  • Tragedy of the Commons
  • Wilderness

Helpful for
: Ecology, Global Studies, Eco-Action, Environmental Literature and Ethics, Humanities

New Reference Book: Energy, Transportation & the Environment

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 5th, 2010

Energy, Transportation & the Environment: A Statistical Sourcebook and Guide to Government Data: Information Publications, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 363.7 In3E

Largely focusing on three main areas:
1.    Energy
2.    Transportation
3.    Environment

This guide contains the most pertinent statistics from the vast information resource gathered by the federal government. Each section is broken down into additional subsections.  For example, read about:
•    Energy production and consumption by source, 1949-2007
•    Fossil fuel production on federally-run land, 1980-2007
•    Alternative-fueled vehicles on the road, 1995-2006
•    Alternative fueling stations by state and type, 2008
•    Projected world oil supply and use, 2006-2030

Helpful for: Eco-Action, Global Issues, Sustainability Studies, Ecology, Statistics

Sustainability at SPS: Inspirations for Sustainable Living Part II

By - Systems Librarian October 10th, 2008

Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian

Because this year’s Concord Reads book, Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, focuses on eating locally, our first post on Ohrstrom library’s “Inspirations for Sustainable Living” display featured resources helpful for learning about the ethical, environmental, and health impact of food choices. The display also includes a diverse selection of books on global warming, from Bill McKibben’s activist handbook Fight Global Warming Now to Eric F. Lambin’s The Middle Path: Avoiding Environmental Catastrophe and Bjorn Lomborg’s Cool It: the Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming. Are you concerned about the social justice impact of environmental issues?  Check out Paul Hawken’s Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came in To Being, and Why No One Saw It Coming.

For an overview of the scientific and governmental response as well as data on the social impact of global warming, explore a new reference book at Ohrstrom, Human Development Report 2007/2008, Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), by director and lead author Kevin Watkins. UNDP’s annual report measures the health, welfare, economic and physical security and well being of people in 175 UN member nations plus Hong Kong and the Palestinian Territories, as well as the status of international treaties on human rights, the environment, and labor. Each year, the report opens with an extensive analysis of a key international development issue, and this year’s focus is climate change and the responses, projected outcomes, and potential impact on human development around the world. Both cautionary and hopeful, this is a useful and fascinating read.

No time to pore over a book?  Check out a film instead, such as Design e2 , a six part PBS series on green architecture narrated by Brad Pitt; or The 11th Hour , Leonardo Di Caprio’s film on earth’s human footprint. With so many sustainability resources at Ohrstrom library, you are bound to find something to intrigue and inform.

HELPFUL FOR: Leadership for Social Justice, Topics in Global Events

FUN FOR: global citizens, Eco-Action members, debaters, future pundits and policy wonks, tree huggers, activists, voters

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