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“Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which in turn depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources

Sustainability has become a wide-ranging term that can be applied to almost every facet of life on earth , from local to a global scale and over various time periods. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. Invisible chemical cycles redistribute water, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon through the world's living and non-living systems, and have sustained life for millions of years. As the earth’s human population has increased, natural ecosystems have declined and changes in the balance of natural cycles has had a negative impact on both humans and other living systems.

There is abundant scientific evidence that humanity is living unsustainably, and returning human use of natural resources to within sustainable limits will require a major collective effort Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms from reorganizing living conditions (e.g., ecovillages, eco-municipalities and sustainable cities) reappraising economic sectors (permaculture, green building, sustainable agriculture ), or work practices (sustainable architecture), using science to develop new technologies (green technologies, renewable energy), to adjustments in individual lifestyles that conserve natural resources.”

Earth Policy Institute Natural Systems., Data Center.


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E&E Publishing

The University of South Florida has recently joined the National Council for Science and the Environment’s University Affiliate Program through its College of Sustainability.  Through this membership, USF receives a complimentary campus-wide subscription to E&E publishing.

Business in brief

Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) is the leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of environmental and energy policy and markets.

E&E's five daily online publications are considered "must-reads" by people who track and influence energy, environmental and climate policy. (Click here for a description of each of our news services.)

We are a high-tech business with an old-school approach to journalism. E&E's 52-person award-winning editorial team is among the best in the business and enjoys unrivaled access to key players in energy and environmental policy. So every day we develop insightful, balanced, timely stories readers won't find anywhere else.

Our coverage of major, breaking news goes deeper than the mass-market news services and brings readers informed, balanced, spin-free reporting that keeps them atop critical issues and developments.

Key areas covered by E&E's reporters and editors:

  • U.S. federal legislation
  • U.S. environmental regulation and federal agencies
  • International and U.S. climate policy issues
  • Global energy resources and markets
  • Alternative energy
  • Air and water issues
  • Hazardous and toxic substances
  • Public lands
  • Endangered species
  • Mining and agriculture
  • Technology

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Major U.S. federal institutions including Congress and agencies; major law firms; multinational corporations; energy companies/utilities; lobbyists; financial institutions; environmental organizations; foreign governments; universities; U.S. states.


Pathways to Urban Sustainability: Research and development on Urban Systems

More than half of the world's people now live in cities. In the United States, the figure is 80 percent. It is worthwhile to consider how this trend of increased urbanization, if inevitable, could be made more sustainable. One fundamental shortcoming of urban research and programs is that they sometimes fail to recognize urban areas as systems. Current institutions and actors are not accustomed to exploring human-environment interactions, particularly at an urban-scale. The fact is that these issues involve complex interactions, many of which are not yet fully understood. Thus a key challenge for the 21st century is this: How can we develop sustainable urban systems that provide healthy, safe and affordable environments for the growing number of Americans living in cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas?

To address this question, the National Research Council organized a workshop exploring the landscape of urban sustainability research programs in the United States. The workshop, summarized in this volume, was designed to allow participants to share information about the activities and planning efforts of federal agencies, along with related initiatives by universities, the private sector, nongovernmental groups, state and local agencies, and international organizations.

Readers can go to this site and download a copy of this and other titles for personal use! Check the list under More Titles from STS and PGA onthis website.

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The vision of the Patel School of Global Sustainability is inclusive and holistic , based on integrated interdisciplinary research, scholarship and teaching. Its strength derives from the committed involvement of faculty representing natural and social sciences, engineering, business, the humanities, arts, education and health.

Open Access Books

This open access library allows searcing by key words. Sustainability brought up 110 titles. Take the opportunity to see what is freely available to you.

    OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.


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