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Sustainability Research Guide

By Nels Gunderson


Research Databases covering the field of environmental sustainability available from the Indiana University Libraries:


Environment & Energy Daily

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management


The Green File


LexisNexis Academic


Leading periodicals and journals:

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education


Electronic Green Journal

Environmental Education Research

Resources, Conservation & Recycling

Resource Recycling


Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy




Antonelli, M.  "The Green Library Movement: An Overview and Beyond."  Electronic Green Journal 27  (2008).

Bardati, DR. "The integrative role of the campus environmental audit: experiences at Bishop's University, Canada."  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 7 (2006): 57-68.

Buttenwieser, Sarah Werthan.  "Greening the Ivory Tower."  Earth Island Journal 22 (Winter 2008):  34-38.

Clarke, Amelia and Kouri, Rosa. "Choosing an appropriate university or college environmental management system." Journal of Cleaner Production 17 (July 2009): 971-984.

Desha, Cheryl and Hargroves, Charlie. "Re-engineering higher education for energy efficiency solutions." Ecos 151 (October/November 2009): 16-17.

"Emory University Building Earns LEED Certification." Environmental Design & Construction 6 (January/February 2003): 15 +

Erwin, Stephen, and Thomas D. Kearns. "Eco-Friendly Campuses As Teaching Tools." New England Journal of Higher Education 23 (Fall 2008): 31-32.

Graedel, T.E. "Quantitative sustainability in a college or university setting." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 3 (2002): 346-358.

Haifleigh, Susan.  "Green Opportunities."  American School & University 81 (March 2009): 46-48.

Hoffman, Paul J. "Making the Change to Sustainability: Building Green Builds a Better Education."  Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers 84 (April 2009): 16-20.

"How Green Is Green? Developing a Process for Determining Sustainability When Planning Campuses and Academic Buildings." Planning for Higher Education 31 (March-May 2003): 99-110.

Kaplowitz, Michael D.,  Felix K.Yeboah, Laurie Thorp, and Aimee Wilson.  "Garnering input for recycling communication strategies at a Big Ten University."  Resources, Conservation & Recycling 53 (September 2009): 612-623.

Kennedy, Mike.  "Aiming for the Green."  American School & University 79 (February 2007): 18-25.

O'Toole, Christine H. "Green Building Standouts and Ones to Watch + Schools and Manufacturers." Pittsburgh Magazine, April 2009, 64-66.

Perrin, Noel.  "The Greenest Campuses: an Idiosyncratic Guide." The Chronicle of Higher Education.  April 6, 2001. 

Roy, Robin, Stephen Potter, and Karen Yarrow. "Designing low carbon higher education systems: Environmental impacts of campus and distance learning systems." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 9 (April 2008): 116-130.

Savanick, Suzanne, et al.  "Explicitly linking pedagogy and facilities to campus sustainability: lessons from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota."  Environmental Education Research 14 (December 2008): 667-679.

Sharp, Leith. "Higher education: the quest for the sustainable campus." Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy 5 (2009): 1-8.

Smith, Steve.  "University Goes Green (Information Commons of Loyola University's Chicago Lakeshore campus)."  Plumbing & Mechanical 26 (February 2009): 22-26.

Smyth, Danielle.  "Higher Diversion in Higher Education."  Resource Recycling 28 (August 2009): 43-46.

Taylor, Robin. "Old buildings take the green lead." Ecos 148 (April 2009):  24-27.

Underwood, Anne. "The Green Campus,"  Newsweek, Auguest 27, 2007, 60-66.

Venetoulis, Jason. "Assessing the ecological impact of a university." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 2  (2001):  180-197.

Wright, Tarah S.A.  "Definitions and frameworks for environmental sustainability in higher education."  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 3  (2002): 203-220.

"Why go native? Landscaping for biodiversity and sustainability education."  International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 8 (2007):  210-223.



Bartlett, P., and Geoffrey W. Chase, editors. Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2004.

Betti, Laura L., Julie Phillips, and Doris McLaughlin.  Greening your events :  how to plan and implement sustainable campus events.  Little Falls, NJ : Paper Clip Communications, 2008.

Phillips, Julie, et al.  Sustainable student initiatives : what's working on our campuses. Little Falls, NJ : Paper Clip Communications, 2008.

Simpson, Walter.  Environmental stewardship and the green campus : the special role of facilities management.  Buffalo, N.Y. : UB Green Office, SUNY Buffalo,  2001.

Strickley, Vanessa,  et al., Sustainable campus practices:  green facilities, purchasing and business practices. Little Falls, NJ : Paper Clip Communications, 2008.


Consultant, Organization, and Association Reports:

"Profiting Through Campus Sustainability: Financial Tools and Strategies." Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E) Inc.


"Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education. Trends and Developments in College and University Leadership, Academics, and Operations." National Wildlife Federation, 2008.


Dautremont-Smith, Julian.  AASHE digest a review of campus sustainability 2005.  Portland, OR : Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2006.




- Campus Green Builder (website)

The Campus Green Builder (CGB) online portal to green building information for academic institutions provides a one-stop online resource on campus green building that is free and accessible to all higher education institutions. Though the information provided is relevant to all higher education institutions, the CGB is particularly geared towards under-resourced colleges and universities. It aims to level the playing field for all institutions of higher education to gain access to funding and technical resources for green building.


- National Wildlife Federation. Campus Ecology. (website)

Since its founding in 1989, Campus Ecology has become a leading conservation program in higher education. The program is helping to:

·         Transform the nation's college campuses into living models of an ecologically sustainable society.

·         Train a new generation of environmental leaders.

·         Ensure a strong future for America's environmental movement.

·         Support and promote positive and practical conservation projects on campus and beyond.


- The Indiana Sustainable Student.  Bloomington: Indiana University


-Sustainable Scholars. Bloomington: Indiana University Libraries


last updated: 6/7/2011