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Relevant to a Sustainability Course or Curriculum





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What follows are various resources that can be useful in designing and delivering sustainability education.  They are broken up into the following categories.


Seminal Papers, Books and Articles


Relevant Films and Videos


Sustainability Courses and Programs Online


Other Resource Web Pages



Seminal Papers, Books and Articles


Albo, G (2007). The Limits of Eco-Localism: Scale, Strategy, Socialism. Online: Socialist Project.  Online: http://www.socialistproject.ca/theory/albo_ecolocalism.pdf


Bell, AM (2002). Taking Externalities Seriously: Economics Perspective on the Precautionary Principle. Redefining Progress. 4p. Online: http://annmariabell.com/research/AMBell_precaution.pdf


Callicott, JB, Sandler, R, Jamieson, D, Schlottmann, C, and Schlosberg, D (2011).  Sustainability Forum: What are the Limitations and Benefits of the Sustainability Approach?  Carnegie council for Ethics in International Affairs.  Online: http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/resources/articles_papers_reports/0103.html


Curtis, F (2002). Eco-localism and Sustainability. Ecological Economics, 46: 83-102. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800903001022


Diamond, J (2005). The World as a Polder: What Does it All Mean Today, in Collapse. Penguin Books,  Pp. 486-525.


Dresner, S (2002).  Principles of Sustainability. Earthscan, London. Pp. 1-5.


Ehrlich, PR, & Ehrlich, AH (1996a). Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-environmental Rhetoric Threatens our Future. Island Press. p 91-105.


Garvey, J (2008).  The Ethics of Climate Change.  Continuum International Publishing Group. London, GB.  Pp. 137-153.


Hawken, P (1997). Natural Capitalism. Mother Jones, March/April. 16p. Online: http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/1997/03/hawken.html  


Kates, RW, Parris, TM and Leiserowitz, AA (2005). What is Sustainable Development? Goals, Indicators, Values, and Practices. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 47(3): 8-21.


Orr, D (2009a). Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse. Oxford Univ. Press. Pp. 181-202.


Pezzoli, K (1996).  Sustainable Development: A Transdisciplinary Overview of the Literature. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 40(5): http://weber.ucsd.edu/~kpezzoli/Library/SusDev_LitReview.htm


Prugh, T and Assadourian, E (2003). What is Sustainability, Anyway? World Watch Magazine, 16(5). 13p.


Rees, W (2000). Our Ecological Footprint: When Consumption Does Violence. Environment Canada Policy Research Seminar Series. 6p. Online: http://www.ec.gc.ca/seminar/WR_e.html


Richard, G (2002). Human Carrying Capacity of Earth. Institute for Life Cycle Assessment. 7p. Online: http://www.ilea.org/leaf/richard2002.html


Rosenthal, JH (2011).  In Search of a Global Ethic.  Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program Tenth Anniversary Lecture Series.  Carnegie Council.  Online: http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/resources/transcripts/0425.html


Speth, JG (2008a).  The Bridge at the Edge of the World.  New Haven (CT) Yale Univ. Press.  p. 17-45


The New Economics Foundation (2009).  The Happy Planet Index 2.0.  Happy Planet Index.org. Online: http://www.happyplanetindex.org/public-data/files/happy-planet-index-2-0.pdf


Wick, A, Withycombe, L, and Redman, C (2011).  Key Competencies in Sustainability: A Reference Framework for Academic Program Development.  Sustainability Science, 6(2): 203-218.  Online: http://www.springerlink.com/content/k0u2554k08050177/



Relevant Films and Videos


The Empathic Civilisation - Rifkin, J (2010).  The Empathic Civilisation. The Royal Society of the Arts Animate.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7AWnfFRc7g


Even the Rain - http://www.eventherainmovie.com/synopsis.html


Everything’s Cool - http://everythingscool.org/index.php


Flow: For the Love of Water - http://www.flowthefilm.com/


Food, Inc. - Official Food, Inc. Movie Site (2011). http://www.foodincmovie.com/


The Future – Disc 5 of Planet Earth: the complete series. British Broadcasting Corporation. 

Chapter 1 – Saving Species: http://www.cornel1801.com/video/LA17GX42/mo01.html#

Chapter 3 – Living Together: http://www.cornel1801.com/video/LA17GX42/mo03.html


The Majestic Plastic Bag: A Mockumentary - Heal the Bay (2010).  The Majestic Plastic Bag: A Mockumentary.  http://healthebay.org/


The Meatrix - http://www.themeatrix.com/


The Possibility of Hope - Cuaron, A (2007). The Possibility of Hope. Bonus Feature Documentary on Children of Men DVD. Universal Studios. http://video.yahoo.com/watch/228678/1798167


Shifting Baselines in the Sound - Puget Sound Partnership (2008).  Shifting Baselines in the Sound. Online: http://www.psp.wa.gov/flash/shiftBase_PugetSound_web.swf


The Story of Bottled Water - Leonard, A (2010).  The Story of Bottled Water. Tides Foundation & Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption.   http://www.storyofstuff.com/


The Story of Stuff - Leonard, A (2007).  The Story of Stuff. Tides Foundation & Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption.   http://www.storyofstuff.com/


Hollywood Feature Films that revolve around sustainability issues – Erin Brockovitch, The Milagro Beanfield War, The River.



Sustainability Courses and Programs Online


A Survey of University-Based Sustainability Science Programs


Lane Community College Sustainability Program


Sustainable Development Courses


Teaching for a Sustainable World: International Edition


Water and Sustainability – The syllabus for Rob Turner’s course at UW Bothell



Other Resource Web Pages



Additional Relevant Documents - Forum: Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development


Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education


CSA Resources – The Campus Sustainability Assessment Project , Western Michigan University


Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability


Environmental Literacy Council


Framework for Forum Content - Forum: Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development


Global Environmental Change: Human and Policy Dimensions


Grand Challenges of Sustainability Science


Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium


International Network for Sustainability Science


Key Documents and Presentations - Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability

Key Overview Documents – Forum: Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development


Second Nature Resources



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Higher Personal Goals


Polar Concepts

Other Cultural Concepts

Systems Thinking Breakdown

Definitions and Facets of Sustainability

Indicators of Sustainability

Environmental Perspective

Economics Perspective
Sustainability Frameworks and Manifestos

Graphical Models

Ways of Thinking
Habits of Mind
Web Site Bibliography
Additional Teaching Resources


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