Business & Humanities (BUS 3900-002): Visions of Sustainability: Sustainability

This guide will accompany a library teaching session and can be used to strategically explore and link the conversations of sustainability from many different perspectives.

Library Resources

Search the Library Catalog
We are constantly adding new books -and e-books- take a look: Look more for bigger themes in sustainability rather than specific companies.

SUGGESTIONS:

Have you ever seen any of the following?:
Contact me for help -or inquire with your own Interlibrary Loan account (free for students)

NOTE: If you are not on campus, you still have access to the library electronic resources.  Just log in with your uNid where you see this logo: 

Business and Sustainability Suggestions

Sustainability Resources (library and open web)
All of the following resources have been provided by Environmental and Sustainability expert in the library, Jessica Breiman.  Her contact information is in the first link below and I highly recommend contacting her with your research ideas related to sustainability.

Environmental and Sustainability Studies guide by Jessica Breiman

GreenFILE

News, reports and research related to the relationship between humans and the environment.  Great for concepts and expanded ideas on your topic -company names will show up less here, but the concepts and ideas companies are trying will show up well in this database.

BSR is a nonprofit that provides survey data on sustainable business practices:
https://www.bsr.org/en/topics/reports/BSR-News

United Nations green initiatives program that seeks to build sustainable industry practices. 
https://www.unido.org/greenindustry/green-industry-initiative.html

Sustainable Business Institute: 
http://www.sustainablebusiness.org/ 

American Sustainable Business Council: 
http://asbcouncil.org/

U.S. Small Business Administration: 
https://www.sba.gov/ 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: 
https://www.uschamber.com/
 

Also: Newspapers on the web often have a Green or Sustainable section -here's a couple of examples:
New York Times: Sustainable Business
The Guardian (UK): Sustainable Business

 

Standards

Using the open web for resources.

The open web is great for sustainability resources because there are organizations and companies that want you to discover what they've been working on -and how sustainable they are.  Try to avoid unedited comment boards, bulletin boards and political news sites as these may have problems with their intended purpose and authority to make accurate statements -ask me if you need a judgement call (dale.larsen@utah.edu).

 

Here's some additional suggestions (not all, by a long shot) that may be worth a look.

 

Marriott Library Sustainability Campus Guide (tons and tons of links to try)

 

ISO 14001: Search the web for 'your technology' and the keywords 'ISO 14001'

The ISO 14001 Environment Management System (EMS) standard is… a systematic framework to manage the immediate and long term environmental impacts of an organization's products, services and processes.
certificationeurope.com/iso-14001-environmental-management-certification/

 

B-Corp
B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

 

Google Books (search the text of newer books in print)

While you can search the full text of many books that are now in print and e-book form -copyright law prohibits Google from presenting anything but the search results. If you find the perfect source -you can request it, a chapter at a time, via Interlibrary Loan.

 

Subject Guide

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Dale Larsen
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801-581-8323

dale.larsen@utah.edu

I love to help with your research: from just seeing the assignment, to wrapping up with citation management -drop me a line or come by 1726C on the first floor of the Marriott Library
801-581-8323
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