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Library Environmental Committee (LEC): Sustainable living

This LibGuide will help you find information on sustainability within the library and the campus.

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Web resources

  • GreenFILE from EBSCO
    EBSCO proudly offers GreenFILE, a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology.
  • The Green Guide from National Geographic
    Dubbed the "green living source for today's conscious consumer," the Green Guide makes living in an environmentally-aware way personal, practical and positive...the Green Guide is chock-full of simple, useful, ideas, broken down into achievable steps, that make going green a gradual and affordable process rather than an all-or-nothing plunge.
  • Green Tech Today Podcast
    "Green Tech Today" is the essential show for the eco-minded geek. Brought to you by the TWiT network and hosted by Sarah Lane and Dr. Kiki, "Green Tech Today" covers the technology, news, gadgets, and innovation fueling the green movement. "Green Tech Today" is fun, informative, and full of ideas! New episodes on Mondays at
  • Slow Food USA
    "Slow Food USA is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America through programs and activities dedicated to Taste Education, Defending Biodiversity and Building Food Communities. Slow Food USA believes that pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down, respecting the convivial traditions of the table and celebrating the diversity of the earth's bounty."
  • Ecological Footprint
    How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this short quiz to find out!
  • How Stuff Works: How Carbon Offsets Work
    "With bands like Coldplay and Pink Floyd releasing carbon-neutral albums, airlines like Silverjet claiming carbon neutrality and a growing troop of celebrities trumpeting their low-carbon lifestyles, a person might wonder how they all do it. How do bands, businesses and people cancel out what seems like an unavoidable emission?"
    Conserve It! A Guide to Water Conservation from
  • "Water conservation can be thought of as the policy of reducing the use of water and recycling waste water for various reasons. These reasons can be anything from basic cleaning to more complicated purposes such as agricultural irrigation and even manufacturing. Water conservation done right not only reduces the waste and loss of water, but it also preserves the quality of water. Water conservation can be implemented by a device, a behavioral change, technology, an action or a new process or design."
    Would you like to be carbon-neutral? "Calculate your carbon emissions, reduce your personal emissions, [and] neutralize your carbon footprint through large-scale sustainable projects."
  • Within Reach - the movie
    "It is the story about our 12,000 mile bicycle journey around the United States to learn about sustainable communities and film a documentary about these communities, our journey, and what we learn. Hopefully the journey will end with our transition into one someday. There is a rapidly growing number of these intentional communities throughout the world that are embracing actions of caring for the earth, caring for people, and providing positive solutions to the growing number of environmental, social, political, and spiritual challenges in the world. The hope that intentional communities provide is for a sustainable world for us and our children, and this dream is within reach." Also read the guest editorial from
  • Auto Resources: Air Pollution and Emissions Control
    "The world has become increasingly more reliant on automobiles for their transportation needs now than ever before in history. Today, we have more cars and trucks on the road than any other decade in our history. Air pollution and air pollution solutions have become an important rallying point for environmental groups, and car manufacturers have been working at providing autos that have lower emissions." This site provides resources to help you learn more about air pollution, its health effects and solutions.
  • Air Pollution: Understanding the Problem and Ways to Help Solve It
    "Air pollution is one of the most serious problems in the world. It refers to the contamination of the atmosphere by harmful chemicals or biological materials. According to the World’s Worst Polluted Places by Blacksmith Institute in 2008, two of the worst pollution problems in the world are urban air quality and indoor air pollution. To solve the problem of air pollution, it’s necessary to understand the issues and look for ways to counter it."
  • Office Health: Hazards - Indoor Air Pollution
    "Indoor air quality can be a severe health and safety problem if there is an unforeseen problem. Ventilation is an important issue for constructing buildings. Often buildings are constructed air tight, and that can lead to many problems for the future. It is important for fresh air to be able to enter buildings."
  • 10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green
    "How can we live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time? Staff members at the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental organization, share ideas on how to GO GREEN and SAVE GREEN at home and at work."
  • Greener Choices - Products for a Better Planet from Consumer Reports
    " offers an accessible, reliable, and practical source of information on buying “greener” products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs."
  • Wildlife and other Conservation Issues from the United States Department of Agriculture.
    A list of topics such as green living, conservation, plants, and wildlife.
  • Amateur Guide for Air Quality Testing from NASA website
    Each of us is an amateur scientist. This page discusses "certain key air pollutants and ways that you can monitor these air pollutants in your area.  Air pollution is a global problem but it requires participation from international leaders to amateurs scientists like you."
  • Energy Savers from the U.S. Department of Energy
    A comprehensive site presenting energy efficiency and renewable energy tips for applying to your home, your vehicle and your workplace.
  • Beat the Energy Bandit
    Play this interactive game and learn about the use, source, and distribution of energy in the process.
  • Environmental News Bits
    Environmental News Bits is written and maintained by Laura L. Barnes, who is the Sustainability Information Curator at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. She also serves as Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

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