Sustainability and the American Dream:

Resources, in print and online, from the Shasta College Library

The United States Environmental Protection Agency describes sustainable development as follows:

Sustainable development marries two important themes: that environmental protection does not preclude economic development and that economic development must be ecologically viable now and in the long run. Common use of the term "sustainability" began with the 1987 publication of the World Commission on Environment and Development report, Our Common Future. Also known as the Brundtland Report, this document defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This concept of sustainability encompasses ideas, aspirations and values that continue to inspire public and private organizations to become better stewards of the environment and that promote positive economic growth and social objectives. The principles of sustainability can stimulate technological innovation, advance competitiveness, and improve our quality of life.

The Shasta College Library offers a variety of materials to assist you with your research on sustainability.
General Collection
The library catalog is the author/title/subject guide to the library's more than 80,000 books, videos, and DVDs. It's also the portal to the library's 21,000 (and growing!) collection of full text, online ebooks. Since resources on sustainability cross multiple disciplines, it's helpful to know some of the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) assigned to this topic before beginning your search. Some of the library's full text journal databases employ LCSH as well. Some terms that describe sustainability and related topics include, but aren't limited to:

agricultural ecology
agriculture--environmental aspects
electric power systems
energy development
energy policy
environmental health
environmental protection
fossil fuels
genetically modified foods
global warming
green products
green technology
natural resources
organic farming
organic gardening
photovoltaic power systems
power resources
renewable energy sources
solar buildings
solar energy
sustainable buildings
sustainable living
water conservation
water quality
water resources development

Books in the Shasta College library stacks, available for 2-week loan (partial list only)

  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Barlow, M. (2008). Blue Covenant : The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. New York: New Press. [HD1691 .B366 2008]
    • Berolzheimer, A. (2008). Gaiam Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook : Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living. Hopland, CA: Gaiam Real Goods. [TD195 .S64 R43 2008]
    • Brown, L. R. (1981). Building a Sustainable Society. New York: Norton. [HD82 .B733 1981]
    • Brown, L. R. (1991). Worldwatch Reader on Global Environmental Issues. New York: Norton. [TD174 .W68 1991]
    • Edwards, A.R. (2005) The Sustainability Revolution: A Portrait of a Paradigm Shift. Gabriola, B.C.: New Society Publishers. [HC79 .E5 E327 2005]
    • Evans, R. (2007). Fueling our Future : An Introduction to Sustainable Energy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [TJ163.2 .E86 2007]
    • Hanrahan, C. (2008). Global Resources. Detroit: Greenhaven Press. [HC85 .G58 2008]
    • Kunstler, J.H. (1996). Home From Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the Twenty-First Century. [HT167 .K85 1996]
    • Pahl, G. (2007). The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook :Community Solutions to a Global Crisis. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Pub. Co. [TJ163.2 .P33 2007]
    • Pernick, R. (2007). The Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity. New York: Harper Collins. [TD145 .P46 2007]
    • Sandalow, David (2008). Freedom from Oil : How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction. New York: McGraw-Hill. [HD9566 .S36 2008]
    • Steffen, A. (2006). Worldchanging : a User's Guide for the 21st Century. New York: Abrams. [HC79 .E5 W676 2006]
    • Wann, David (2008). Simple Prosperity : Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. [HN90 .M6 W36 2008]

  • Food and Agriculture
    • Cummings, C.H. (2008). Uncertain peril : genetic engineering and the future of seeds. Boston: Beacon Press. [S494.5 .B563 C86 2008]
    • Jacobsen, R. (2008). Fruitless fall : the collapse of the honey bee and the coming agricultural crisis. New York: Bloomsbury. [SF538.3 .U6 J33 2008]
    • Kingsolver, B. (2007). Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life. New York: Harper Collins. [S521.5 .A67 K56 2007]
    • Pollan, M. (2006). The Omnivore's dilemma : A natural history of four meals. New York: Penguin Press. [GT2850 .P65 2006]
    • Ronald, P.C.(2008). Tomorrow's table : organic farming, genetics, and the future of food. New York: Oxford University Press. [TP248.65 .F66 R66 2008]
    • Winne, M. (2008). Closing the food gap : resetting the table in the land of plenty. Boston: Beacon Press [HC110 .P6 W53 2008]

Videos and DVDs in the Shasta College library, available for 2-night loan (partial list only)

  • Clokey, J. (1992). The Sustainable Landscape: Ecological Design Principles. Los Osos, CA: San Luis Video [VIDEO SB476 .S87 1992]
  • Garcia, D.K. (2004). The Future of Food. Mill Valley, CA: Lily Films. [DVD TP248.65 .F66 F88 2004]
  • Klaas, L.J. (1990) A Feast Amid Famine: The World Wood Paradox. Arizona College of Agriculture. [VIDEO HD9000.9 .F428 1990]
  • Latham, S. (2007). Saved by the Sun. Burlington, VT: WGBH Video. [DVD TJ 810 .S28 2007]
  • Rodale Institute (1991). Farmer to Farmer: Strategies for sustainable agriculture. Rooy Media. [VIDEO S494.5.S86 F37]
  • Stein, P.L. (1995). Green Means. Chapel Hill, NC: Environmental Media. [VIDEO TD178.3 .G744 1995]

Streaming Video (Films on Demand), available online 24/7 to Shasta College students, faculty, and staff (partial list only)


  • 47 films (and growing!) selected with an academic audience in mind.
  • All films available 24/7 to registered students, faculty, and staff of Shasta College (Shasta College Library card required for off campus use. Click here to apply for a library card)
  • Streaming videos currently include (but aren't limited to):
    • Energy and Resources (2006)
    • Geocycles (2006)
    • Going Green: Real-World Solutions for the Environment (2007)
    • The Green Fuel Gamble: Better or Worse than Oil? (2008)
    • Landing a Job in the Trades (2006)


Journals in the Shasta College library's print collection (partial list only)

Land and Water
Mother Earth News
Mother Jones
Organic Gardening
World Watch
Sampler of Favorite Online Library Resources
If you would like to view a list of all the databases available at the Shasta College Library, go to Articles and Databases

NetLibrary eBooks
  • 21,000 books selected with an academic audience in mind
  • All publications are available in full text. The full text of each book may be searched online.
  • Searchable both through the Shasta College Library catalog and through the NetLibrary eBooks site
Books in the Shasta College library NetLibrary E-book collection, 24/7 to Shasta College students and faculty (partial list):
  • Chalifour, N. J. Land Use Law for Sustainable Development. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, NetLibrary eBooks. [K3534 .L36 2007 eb]
  • Da Rosa, A. (2005). Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes. Boston: Elsevier, NetLibrary eBooks. [TJ163.9 .D3 2005 eb]
  • Lauber, V. (2005). Switching to Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st Century. Sterling, VA: Earthscan, NetLibrary eBooks.[TJ 808 .S89 2005 eb]
  • Lockeretz, W. Organic Farming: an International History. Cambride: CABI, NetLibrary eBooks. [S605.5 .O667 2007 eb]
  • Mithraratne, N. (2007). Sustainable Living: The Role of Whole Life Costs and Values. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, NetLibrary eBooks. [GF78 .S87 2007 eb]
  • Pimentel, D. (2008). Food, Energy, and Society. Boca Raton: CRC Press, NetLibrary eBooks. [HD9000.6 .P55 2008 eb]
  • Sørensen, B. (2004). Renewable Energy: Its Physics, Engineering, Use, Environmental Impacts, Economy, and Planning Aspects. Boston: Elsevier, NetLibrary eBooks. [TJ163.2 .S66 2004 eb]
  • Sweet, W. (2006). Kicking the Carbon Habit: Global Warming and the Case for Renewable and Nuclear Energy. New York: Columbia University Press, NetLibrary eBooks. [TJ808 .S87 2006 eb]
  • Twidell, J. (2006). Renewable Energy Resources. New York: Taylor and Francis, NetLibrary eBooks. [TJ808 .T95 2006 eb]

CQ Researcher
  • In-depth, non-biased reports on political and social issues
  • All publications are available in full text
  • Reports include an overview, background, pro and con section, chronology and more
  • Good for overview and historical information
  • Some comprehensive CQ Researcher reports include:
Alternative Fuels (2005)
Biofuels Boom (2006)
California: Water for the Future (1991)
Global Food Crisis (2008)
Renewable Energy (1997)
Slow Food Movement (2007)
Solar Energy's Uneasy Transition (1982)
Water Shortages (2003)
Wind and Water Technology (1981)

EBSCO family of Databases
  • Provides access to current events, research, and Government resources
  • Databases may be searched individually or simultaneously
  • Many publications are available in full text
  • Most EBSCO databases are searchable with Library of Congress Subject headings, thus allowing for greater precision in searching
  • EBSCO's //GreenFile// is a multidisciplinary database devoted to environmental issues. EBSCO's //Masterfile Premier// is an excellent general interest database while EBSCO's //Military and Government Collection// contains reports from U.S. Government agencies.

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