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Sustainability: General Resources

An information guide for anyone conducting research on sustainability, from local efforts at UIC to global implications for the environment and public health.



Welcome to the UIC Library's Sustainability Research Guide! This guide is intended to support anyone in the UIC community conducting research on sustainability. It contains links to helpful resources at the library, the university, and beyond. Use the tabs above to navigate its contents.

Sustainability can be defined as "Meeting the [environmental, social, and economic] needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." -- Learn About Sustainability,

Please let us know if you have suggestions for books, websites, or articles that we should link to from this research guide.

Tree Planting Day at UIC - Photo courtesy of Office of Sustainability

Tree planting -- photo courtesy of UIC Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management

Open Access Text

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SustainabilityA Comprehensive Foundation is a free, open-source textbook written by faculty from the University of Illinois.
It can be viewed from any internet browser, downloaded as a PDF file, or printed.

From the publisher: "First and second-year college students are introduced to this expanding new field, comprehensively exploring the essential concepts from every branch of knowledge – including engineering and the applied arts, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. As sustainability is a multi-disciplinary area of study, the text is the product of multiple authors drawn from the diverse faculty of the University of Illinois: each chapter is written by a recognized expert in the field."