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Sustainability: Getting Started

A research gateway to sustainability resources at Shain Library and beyond.

The goal of this guide is to provide students, faculty and staff key research tools and resources on issues relating to sustainability. Each tabbed section above focuses on important topics in sustainability and provides a curated list of new and featured library and internet resources to support your learning.   


A few definitions...

  • The property of being environmentally sustainable; the degree to which a process or enterprise is able to be maintained or continued while avoiding the long-term depletion of natural resources. Oxford English Dictionary
  • Sustainability is a lens through which to view all issues. The sustainability movement encompasses environmental justice and social justice, because one cannot be obtained without the other. It means living life to the fullest without compromising future generations' ability to do so. It respects the interconnectedness of all life and acknowledges the responsibility that each person has to consider the effects that his actions have on other life forms, both living and to be born. Urban Dictionary
  • Of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged; of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods. Merriam Webster Dictionary

Connecticut College strives to be a leader in sustainability among campuses nationwide.