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Sustainability: Sustainability Topics

Sustainability Diagram

Sustainability is defined as, "The capability of an economic or social system to meet its current needs without impairing the ability of future generations to meet their needs."

-- A Dictionary of Economics

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Search Terms

Sustainability spans many fields of study, ranging from environmental and earth sciences, biology, economics and politics, business, and agriculture to name a few.  The concept of sustainability can, therefore, be expressed by many different words and word combinations to get relevant results. Here are some sample terms:

Note: Truncation symbols are often used in databases.  When you use the * symbol at the end of sustain* for example, results will contain alternative endings such as sustain, sustainable, sustainability.  When you use double quotes " ", results will look for the exact phrase.

General:
"green movement"
sustainability
sustain*

Agriculture:

"green agriculture"
"sustainable agriculture"
"factory farming"
"local food" or "food market"
locavore

Construction:
"green building"
"low impact development"
LEED Certif*
"rain gardens"
"green roofs"

Climate:
"global warming"
"climate change"
"greenhouse gases"
"ozone layer"
"ozone hole"

Fuel/Automobiles:
"fossil fuels"
"electric vehicles"
zero polution
Prius, Volt, or Leaf

Consumers
consumerism
consumption
capitalism
industrialism
merchandising

Greenwashing
green marketing
green PR
"shades of green"
"green sheen"