Sustainability Library Guide

Articles and databases


Searching in Multiple Disciplines

AASHE -- Compiles information on sustainability projects in higher education

Academic Search Premier -- Provides access to articles in all disciplines

Google Scholar -- Provides access to articles in all disciplines

Lexis Nexis -- Provides access to a wide variety of newspaper articles

CQ Researcher-- Provides background information on many social and environmental issues

Searching in the Sciences

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management -- Wide coverage of the environmental sciences

Greenfile -- Scholarly, government and general-interest titles on all aspects of human impact to the environment

Science Direct (Elsevier) -- Scholarly journals in the physical and life sciences

SpringerLink Journals -- Scholarly journals in life and physical sciences

Searching in Business

ABI Inform -- Business and management scholarly journals and trade publications

Business Source Premier -- Journal, trade and news publications, company profiles and industry information

Browse research guides in specific disciplines


View a list of the sustainability focused journals provided via CSUMB's databases

Freely Available Journals:

Sustainability -- International, cross-disciplinary, and scholarly journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability

Ecology and Society -- Covers topics relating to the ecological, political, and social foundations for sustainable social-ecological systems

Electronic Green Journal -- Scholarly journal providing access to international environmental information

Environmental Health Perspectives -- Monthly journal of scholarly research and news published with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy -- Scholarly journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the fields of sustainability science and policy practice

News Coverage

The Sierra Club's list of the United States' greenest college campuses

News about Sustainable Development, Sustainable Living, andSustainable Business from The New York Times

Articles from Scientific American on energy and sustainability

Articles from the UK's The Guardian on a wide variety of sustainability related issues

News on sustainability aggregated from sources all over the world by Google News

Capstone Projects

View a list of CSUMB capstone projects related to sustainability.

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

The search box on the library's home page allows you to search for books on specific topics, like sustainability

Click on the links below to see what the library has on each of these sustainability related topics


Carbon Footprint

Carbon Trading

Climate Change



Endangered Species

Global Warming




Sustainable Development

Books at Other Libraries

First try... OneSearch covering the 23 CSU Libraries.

Then try... WorldCat over 1 billion books, videos, maps, etc.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form (ILLiad)to borrow books found using the catalogs above.

Multimedia resources


QUEST: The Science of Sustainability -- A collaboration of public broadcasters, QUEST contains videos and other forms of media on sustainability's relationship to water, food, energy, climate, and biodiversity.

Ted Talks on sustainability related issues -- Features over thirty talks on sustainability related topics.

The Lexicon of Sustainability -- A series of short films from PBS on sustainability and agriculture.

Documentaries on the Environment-- A list of recent documentaries related to sustainability, many of which are streamable.

Nature Inc. -- A documentary series from the BBC that focuses on the economics of sustainability issues.


NPR segments on sustainability related issues from All Things Considered and Marketplace.

Think Globally Radio -- a weekly radio program from Sweden intended to help spread awareness and deeper understanding on issues of the environment and sustainable development.

Climate One -- features leaders from business, government, academia and advocacy groups discussing a clean energy future.


Carbon Footprints Maps -- Details carbon footprints by zip code.

UN Statistics Division Environmental Indicators -- International maps that depict a variety of environmental indicators, such as air and climate.

Teaching tools

Teaching tools

AASHE Resources on Sustainability Curriculum -- Resources for curriculum development.

Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability -- Promotes the further development of studies and practice of teacher education in all areas of formal and non-formal education in relation to sustainability.

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future -- Contains a wide variety of activities and teaching strategies related to sustainability education.

Teaching Sustainability -- Paper written by a faculty member of the University of Central Florida with advice regarding how to incorporate sustainability issues into any discipline.

Vanderbilt Teaching Guide -- Quick tips for teaching issues related to sustainability.


Local volunteer opportunities

Communities for Sustainable Montery County -- An affiliation of eight Local Action Groups, from different areas of Monterey County that work on a wide variety of projects.

Monterey Bay Aquarium -- The Aquarium offers volunteer opportunities in guiding visitors through exhibits, staffing an information desk, and working behind the scenes in marketing, visitor programs and other areas.

Return of the Natives -- Volunteers work to protect the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary through restoration of the waterways and the lands draining into the bay.

Surfrider-- Organizes a variety of programs related to combating pollution in the Monterey Bay.