Provides students and researchers with an easy-to-understand introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability using easy-to-understand language, giving readers a solid start and deeper understanding and appreciation of this complex subject.
Whether students want to know how to live or work more sustainably, or want to know more about the ecology of sustainability, or want to learn more about the economics or politics involved with sustainability, this is the resource to turn to.
The 149 entries explain basic principles of Sustainability, ranging from Agricultural Runoff to Zoning Laws, as well as discussions of important treaties, laws, organizations, and events related to sustainability, such as Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Earth Day. All of the entries are arranged in an A to Z order making it easy to find the topic of interest.
|• Sustainable Cities
• Green Building
• Sustainable Agriculture
• Sustainable Architecture
• Green Technologies
• Renewable Energy
• Natural Resource Management
|• Wetland Management
• City Planning
• Urban Ecology
• Community Health
• Human Ecology
• ... and so much more
Entries related to basic principles and concepts include the following:
Fields of Study to illustrate the connection between the Sustainability and such important concepts as carrying capacity, climate modeling, biotechnology, greenhouse gases, and species extinction;
A Summary that provides brief description of the topic;
Text that gives an explanation of the principle and its importance to Sustainability, including theory and practice, benefits and drawbacks, and practical applications;
Illustrations that clarify difficult concepts via models, diagrams, and charts of such key topics as land erosion, sustainable development, and smart grids and renewable energy;
And Bibliographies that relate to the entry.
This reference work begins with a comprehensive introduction to the field and concludes with helpful appendixes as another valuable resource, including the following:
- U.S. Federal Laws Concerning the Environment
- Directory of U.S. National Parks
- Major World National Parks and Protected Areas
- Environmental Organizations
- Sustainability Timeline
- Key Figures in Sustainability
- Subject Index
This volume provides readers with the necessary information to learn about and fully understand the major concepts, environmental concerns, and politics surrounding sustainability. This volume will be a welcome addition to high school and undergraduate libraries and environmental science collections of all sizes.