Scope: Movement that embraces a political culture and lifestyle focused on environmental and other issues, such as ecological accountability, grass roots democracy, and pacifism, often based in a separate
political party.


Clicking on the links will take you the corresponding bibliographic record in the TNCC online catalog, and show the location and availability of the titles.

General Searching Tips:

Call number areas to browse:

GE (Environmental sciences)

QC912.3 (Greenhouse effect)

SB453 (Organic gardening)

S605 (Organic farming)

TD171 (Environmental protection)

Keywords to search:

recycling, sustainability, sustainable living

Subjects to search (Library of Congress):


movement — Citizen participation



Organic farming


Sustainable living


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  • Building Green [Natural Resources Defense Council] – “Green buildings” are designed for maximum energy-efficiency and minimum negative impact on the environment. For those
    considering building green, this Webby winning site explains sustainable building strategies, costs, and more.
  • Chicago Climate Exchange – operates North America’s only cap and trade system for all six greenhouse gases, with global affiliates and projects worldwide.
  • Consumer Reports Greener Choices – accessible, reliable, and practical source of information on buying greener products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs.
  • Department of Energy Sustainable Design Program: Links – From the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sustainable Design Program. List of external sites that contain sustainable design concepts.
  • EcoBusinessLinks Environmental Directory – Directory of sources for materials, services, and information. Includes a survey of Carbon Offset providers.
  • Energy Star – a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ENERGY STAR label is now on over 50 product categories including major appliances, office equipment, lighting, and home electronics. EPA has also extended the label to cover new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.
  • – Provides information on gas consumption (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety for new & used cars & trucks. Most frequently searched for its “side by side: or “class” comparisons of cars.
  • GreenBiz Business Toolbox – Information source linking environmental concerns with business success. Features “easy-to-read overviews” of topics like computer recycling, green building, green product design, buying recycled materials, etc.
  • Green Car Congress – “News and analysis of the energy choices, technologies, products, issues and policies related to sustainable mobility.” Searchable, and browsable by such topics as biodiesel, fuel efficiency, electric vehicles, hybrids, personal transit, etc., as well as by country.
  • Green Design Initiative- From the site: “The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary research effort to make an impact on environmental quality through green design.”
  • The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability – Prepared by William McDonough Architects for Expo 2000 at the 1992 World’s Fair in Hannover, Germany, The Hannover Principles: Design
    for Sustainability
    is one of the first documents to comprehensively address the fundamental ideas of sustainability and the built environment.
  • Librarians’ Index to the Internet: Environment
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – From the site: “The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.”
  • National Library for the Environment from the U.S. National Council on Science and the Environment.
  • Oikos Green Building Source – From the site: “Oikos is a World Wide Web site devoted to serving professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and construction.”
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Partnerships for Sustainable Development from the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
  • National Organic Program – US Dept. of Agriculture – develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The NOP also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA standards.
  • Smart Communities Network – From the U.S. Department of Energy. Provides information on topics such as green buildings, green development, and resource efficiency.
  • Sustainability, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Sustainability News – Full-text access to the National Park Service’s online magazine Sustainability News.
  • Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (SSPP) – An
    open-access e-journal for sustainable solutions.
  • Treehugger How to Go Green Guides – In depth, actionable articles on everything from recycling to Spring Break.
  • U.S. Green Building Council – From the site: “The Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.”
  • WorldWatch Institute World Resources Institute, including
    full text of some of their publications.
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