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Information and resources for the Colby-Sawyer community.
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2013 URL: Print Guide

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Walking our Talk

Sustainability resources on campus

This Guide is designed to provide resources to help you incorporate the concepts and principles of whole systems sustainability into your life and work at Colby-Sawyer.  We hope that these tools empower you to participate in our campus-wide GreenROUTES  initiative to eliminate our greenhouse gas emissions, integrate sustainability into our curriculum and overall educational experience, and achieve our shared vision of personal well-being, social justice, financial security and environmental stability for ourselves and our larger global community.

  • Green Routes
    Find out about Walking our Talk campaign, tools for living a sustainable life, and updates on the status of our GreenROUTES initiative.
  • STAR: Sustainability, Teaching, Academic Resources
    the STAR website contains a Resource Guide and sample activities for those interested in integrating sustainability into their curriculum.

  • Sustainability at CSC
    This GreenROUTES document summarizes steps that can be taken in the office and at home to address our environmental impact in the following areas: energy, transportation, water & biodiversity, food, waste and consumption, and culture, curriculum and investment.
  • Northwest Earth Institute Discussion Courses
    The Cleveland Library collection includes several sets of booklets for Northwest Earth Institute Discussion courses. This link leads to descriptions of the booklets themselves. If you are interested in leading a discussion course with these resources, please contact Jennifer White, Campus Sustainability Coordinator.

Defining sustainability

The CSC library has several online specialty encyclopedias that offer background information on the topic of sustainability.

  • Credo Reference
    Definitions of sustainability from various specialty reference sources.
  • Access Science Encyclopedia
    Several encyclopedia articles and research links about sustainability from the online version of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology

Northwest Earth Institute

NWEI's hallmark program is a series of discussion courses available for small groups anywhere in North America.  The courses provide an enjoyable, supportive setting in which to examine personal values and habits, engage in stimulating conversation, create meaningful community, and consider ways to take action towards creating a more sustainable future.

The library at Colby-Sawyer has booklets for several Discussion Courses available for check out.  If you are interested, please contact Jen White, Campus Sustainability Coordinator.

Just Below the Surface - NWEI
Call Number: HD 75.6 .J88 2011

Menu for the Future - NWEI
Call Number: S 494.5 .S86 D57 2009

Choices for Sustainable Living - NWEI
Call Number: QH 541 .D58 2009

Sustainable Systems at Work - NWEI
Call Number: HD 30.255 .D57 2009

Reference Librarian

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Sondra VanderPloeg
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Room 301-F
Susan C. Cleveland Library

Sustainability beyond Campus

  • Sustainability at Home
    Sustainability at home is a toolkit that helps homeowners understand how to apply sustainable development concepts to everyday household decisions. The guide covers an explanation of sustainability, root causes of un-sustainability, questions to ask while making household decisions, concrete and simple suggestions for every room in your house, renovations, resources for further information and ideas and more.
  • Center for a New American Dream
    The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans to reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.


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