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A guide to resources that promote sustainability literacy.
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Sustainability Guide


Core Titles on Sustainability

A core list of sustainability titles selected by the J. Willard Marriott Library Sustainability Working Group. This is an excellant place to begin learning about key issues related to sustainability.


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Sustainability is an interidisciplinary subject that encompasses a wide range of interrelated topics, including the humanities, the social sciences, bunsiness, engineering, architecture and planning, and the physical and earth sciences.

You can think about virutually any subject in terms of sustainabilty by considering sustainability perspectives  (Edwards, 2005): 

  • Concern for the environment, the economy and social equity
  • Human dependence on natural systems
  • Limits of the Earth's ecosystems
  • Long-term, intergenerational perspective

This research guide will help you discover some of the recommended books, journals, and other resources that will get you started in your sustainability studies.


Sustainability Curriculum at the U

As of Fall Semester 2012 the University of Utah offers an Integrated Certificate in Sustainability to undergraduate students from majors across campus (excluding those already majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies).

A list of other programs, certificates, and emphases related to sustainability and environmental studies is located on the Office of Sustainability website.

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