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Green industries offer a variety of eco-friendly products and services. They include waste reduction such as salvage and recycling, organic farming, energy, producing and selling sustainably made goods, providing information through education, publishing and consulting, implementing alternative methods of transportation, and a host of others.

This section includes resources in four broad categories: Agriculture, Building & Design, Energy, and Manufacturing.

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Print Resources

Lichtfouse, Eric, ed. Agroecology and Strategies for Climate Change. New York, NY: Dordrecht, 2012.
LC Call Number: S589.7 .A375 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2011935458

As a collection of articles that review the concepts of sustainable agriculture and its relation in addressing current environmental challenges, this book is designed to help individuals of all fields to understand these issues and utilize the proposed alternative solutions, supported with scientific reasoning.

Gurr, Geoff M., Steve D. Wratten, William E. Snyder, and Donna M.Y. Read, eds. Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
LC Call Number: SB950 .B47 2012
LC Catalog Record: 2011046054

Using a diverse selection of articles, this book presents insight into the fundamentals, methods and application of biodiversity as a solution for crop pest management. This book is aimed at attracting undergraduates and newcomers to the field by stressing the link between aspects of theory and the successes of real-world use.

Salazar, Augusto, and Ismael Rios, eds. Sustainable Agriculture: Technology, Planning and Management. New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2010.
LC Call Number: S494.5.S86 S877 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2009042170

This book discusses the modern concepts and economics behind agriculture sustainability and suggests a new framework that will improve the current governance over sustainable agriculture. This in-depth analysis of sustainable agriculture encompasses a variety of perspectives, from technology to management, and solutions for the current and future state of sustainable agriculture.

Horne, James E., and Maura MacDermott. The Next Green Revolution: Essential Steps to a Healthy, Sustainable Agriculture. New York, NY: Food Products Press, 2001.
LC Call Number: S441 .H67 2001
LC Catalog Number: 00064366

This practical introductory guide to sustainable agriculture synthesizes the goals of sustainable agriculture into eight comprehensive steps. Dr. James E. Horne, president of the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, explores the major issues of contemporary industrial agriculture and dissects the steps needed to obtain functional sustainability in agriculture.

Horrigan, Leo, Robert S. Lawrence, and Polly Walker. "How Sustainable Agriculture Can Address the Environmental and Human Health Harms of Industrial Agriculture." Environmental Health Perspectives 110, no. 5 (May 2002): 445-56.
LC Call Number: RA565.A1 E13
LC Catalog Record: 76642723
Full text available via Academic OneFile, a subscription resource limited to patrons onsite.

Using a comparative approach, the authors demonstrate how the use of sustainable agriculture can overcome the problems of industrial agriculture. They outline environmental and human health issues associated with current food production practices and discuss how these systems could be made more sustainable.

Internet Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Agricultural Library

This U.S. government sponsored website provides information on multiple topics related to sustainability in agriculture including the definitions, history, socio-economic issues, environmental laws, and food security surrounding this industry. The site also offers additional sources that pertain to sustainable agriculture.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) External Link

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is an alliance of grassroots organizations that seek policy reform and manufacturing progresses in sustainable agriculture. The website provides information on the works and publications they have contributed as well as ways for users to stay informed.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Agricultural Sustainability Institute, UC Davis External Link

This UC Davis generated website provides insights into what sustainable agriculture really entails, the resources involved, plant and animal production practices, as well as its economic, political, and social context. The site also offers additional sources such as databases and newsletters.

Kassam, Amir, Theodor Friedrich, and Rolf Derpsch. European Congress on Conservation Agriculture. Conservation Agriculture in the 21st Century: A Paradigm of Sustainable Agriculture. Madrid, 2011. External Link [PDF Format: 430.55 KB/ 46 p.]

This report represents a proposal to encourage Europe to incorporate an agriculture-based conservation paradigm for sustainable farming at the heart of its next Common Agriculture Policy, in hopes of reducing the heavy financial and environmental cost of agriculture to farmers and society while at the same time reducing carbon emissions. The report proposes sustainable methods that address the global challenges of climate change and rising food, energy and production costs of the 21st century.

Powlson, D. S., et al. "Soil Management in Relation to Sustainable Agriculture and Ecosystem Services." Food Policy 36, no. 1 (January 2011): S72-S87.
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This article carefully examines the requirements for research, practices, and policies in relation to soil management in relation to global food security and ecosystem functioning. The authors thoroughly review the need for organic matter to improve the physical properties of many types of soil and suggest policies to make fertilizer more affordable while describing research practices to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Print Resources

Pearce, Annie R., and Yong Han Ahn. Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure: Paths to the Future. New York, NY: Routledge, 2012.
LC Call Number: TH880 .P43 2012
LC Catalog Record: 2011035825

Aimed at students taking courses in construction management and the built environment, this ambitious and comprehensive textbook covers the concept of embedding sustainability across all construction activities in the construction sector and building sector. The authors believe sustainable building structure is a prime driver in reducing future green house emissions.

Kibert, Charles J. Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery. 3rd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
LC Call Number: TH880 .K53 2012
LC Catalog Record: 2012023633

The third edition of Sustainable Construction is revised to reflect the latest developments of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. This book covers, in detail, a large range of factors involved in sustainable construction making it an appropriate read for all interested in green building or becoming LEED certified.

Montoya, Michael. Green Building Fundamentals: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying Fundamental Sustainable Construction Practice and the Leed Green Building Rating System. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010.
LC Call Number: TH880 .M66 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2008034253

Aimed at students entering the construction technology and engineering field, yet practical enough for any reader's comprehension, this book provides the fundamental concepts of sustainable design and green building practices. In addition, this book provides extra study resources and references, as well as a step-by-step guide to prepare and assist those interested in becoming an LEED Accredited Professional.

Calkins, Meg. Materials for Sustainable Sites: A Complete Guide to the Evaluation, Selection, and Use of Sustainable Construction Materials. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009.
LC Call Number: TH880 .C35 2009
LC Catalog Record: 2008002722

Approved by the American Institute of Architects, this comprehensive guide is useful for any professional in the construction field. This book presents a series of tools and resources useful in determining the optimal selection of sustainable construction materials that minimize environmental and human health impacts.

Keenan, Andrea, and Danielle Georges. Green Building: Project Planning & Cost Estimating: A Practical Guide for Constructing Sustainable Buildings: Cost Data for Green Materials, Components & Systems, Special Project Requirements, Financial Analysis & Incentives. Kingston, MA: R.S. Means Company, 2002.
LC Call Number: TH880 .G74 2002
LC Catalog Record: 2003266423

This all around guide directs readers to the best options in material and system selections appropriate for sustainable construction. This book consists of a Green Building Cost Data section that includes a description of new products and materials green attributes and installation cost which are deemed useful in determining the costs of green products, calculating energy savings, and potential payback periods.

Journal Articles

Presley, Adrien, and Laura Meade. "Benchmarking for Sustainability: An Application to the Sustainable Construction Industry." Benchmarking: An International Journal 17, no. 3 (2010): 435-51.
Full text available from Emerald Library, a subscription resource limited to onsite patrons only

This article is written to assist construction firms and contractors incorporate sustainability measures into their benchmarking efforts through presenting methodology and framework suggestions that allows for the integration of sustainability measures into more conventional measures of construction practice.

Ding, Grace K. C. "Sustainable Construction-The Role of Environmental Assessment Tools." Journal of Environmental Management 86, no. 3 (February 2008): 451-64.
LC Call Number: HC79.E5 J68
LC Catalog Record: 73643864

The main objectives of this paper are to examine the development, role and limitations of current environmental building assessment methods used in sustainable building processes and to discuss the concept of developing a sustainability model for project appraisal based on a multi-dimensional approach.

Riley, David, Kim Pexton, and Jennifer Drilling. "Procurement of Sustainable Construction Services in the United States: The Contractor's Role in Green Buildings." United Nations Program on the Environment, Industry and Environment 26, nos. 2-3 (2003): 66-71.
LC Call Number: TD169 .I5
LC Catalog Record: 86650632
Also available online External Link [PDF Format: 99.66 KB/ 6 p.]

This document attempts to clarify the value of construction services in the processes and decision-making that are critical to sustainable building projects, and to develop proactive techniques for engaging construction organizations in collaborative sustainable design and construction processes.

Ball, Jonathan. "Can ISO 14000 and Eco-labelling turn the Construction Industry Green?" Building and Environment 37, no. 4 (April 2002): 421-28.
LC Call Number: TH1 .B847
LC Catalog Record: 78649044

This paper explores to what extent the newer ISO 14000 and later Eco-labelling standardization approaches can achieve their aim of sustainability with the construction industry and questions whether some of the wider issues of sustainability have been ignored.

Internet Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Green Building

This website provides users with information on the components of green building, the types of green building, funding opportunities and programs, as well as a large list of frequent questions and additional resources on sustainable and green building.

California Recycle - Green Building Design and Construction

This website provided by the California State governments Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offers educational information on green building design and construction. This site is aimed towards those who want to find applicable sources information useful for pursuing a sustainable construction project, as well as additional relevant data on green building.

Environmental Design Library at UC Berkeley External Link

The Environmental Design Library at UC Berkeley offers a wide variety of resources on green building and design. Users may find links to dictionaries, encyclopedias, the history, articles, books, journals, guides, and indexes on sustainable building. The site also provides specialized resources that look into multiple important aspects of green building.

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The Alternative Energy Sources section of the Oil and Gas Industry guide provides more print and electronic resources on the subject.

Print Resources

Fuller, Jamir S., ed. Voluntary Markets in Renewable Energy: Status, Trends and Options. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013.
LC Call Number: HD9502.U52 V65 2013
LC Catalog Record: 2012048215

This book looks at the 2011 market trend for companies that choose to use renewable energy sources. The book consists of available data sources that help readers recognize patterns of the voluntary market trends, options, and status regarding renewable energy.

Curely, Robert, ed. Renewable and Alternative Energy. Energy: Past, Present, and Future. New York, NY: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2012.
LC Call Number: TJ808 .R415 2012
LC Catalog Record: 2010044433

This educational textbook reviews multiple systems and sources of renewable and alternative energy. This edition looks at past and present emerging technologies, and market behavior, that point to the potential for a cleaner and more energy efficient future.

Maczulak, Anne. Renewable Energy: Sources and Methods. Green Technology. New York, NY: Facts On File, 2010.
LC Call Number: TJ808.2 .M33 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2009010352

Offering a multitude of perspectives on renewable energy, this book provides a comprehensive look into how renewable energy works and where examples may be found. The book examines current existing technologies and explains how conventional uses of energy affects economies world-wide.

Boyle, Godfrey, Bob Everett, and Janet Ramage, eds. Energy Systems and Sustainability. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003.
LC Call Number: TJ808 .E59 2003
LC Catalog Record: 2004298592

With an interdisciplinary approach and emphasis on sustainability, this book provides a contemporary exploration of the global issues raised by current systems of energy use and looks into the historical evolution of the world's energy systems, the principles underlying their use, and their present status and future prospects.

Journal Articles

Lund, P. D. "Effects of Energy Policies on Industry Expansion in Renewable Energy." Renewable Energy 34, no. 1 (January 2009): 53-64.
LC Call Number: TJ809 .S6
LC Catalog Record: 93640683

This paper investigates the impacts of energy policies on industry growth in renewable energy by employing research tools that include the commercialization process, value chain analysis, and empirical case studies while incorporating external factors into their findings.

Lund, Henrik. "Renewable Energy Strategies for Sustainable Development." Third Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. Energy 32, no. 6 (June 2007): 912-19.
LC Call Number: HD9502.A1 E533
LC Catalog Record: 77640513 Full text available from General OneFile, a subscription resource limited to onsite patrons.

Based on a case in Denmark, this paper discusses the potential and limitations of converting a currently used energy systes into a completely renewable one. Although the author believes the necessary energy sources are available, he argues that using renewable energy for sustainable development requires further technological improvements and innovations.

Moore, Bill, and Rolf Wustenhagen. "Innovative and Sustainable Energy Technologies: The Role of Venture Capital." Business Strategy and the Environment 13, no. 4 (July 13, 2004): 235-45.
LC Call Number: GE300 .B87
LC Catalog Record: 97641885
Full text available from ABI/Inform Complete, a subscription resource limited to onsite patrons.

This paper provides an overview on findings of a multi-year research project conducted at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the role of financial structure in promoting the development of innovative and sustainable energy technologies.

Dunn, Seth. "Hydrogen Futures: Toward a Sustainable Energy System." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 27, no. 3 (March 2002): 235-64
LC Call Number: TP360 .I57
LC Catalog Record: 76644490

This article expands on the notion that a "hydrogen economy" is moving beyond the realm of scientists and engineers and into the power of political and business leaders. The author argues that although research and development, incentives and regulations, and partnerships with industry have induced some progress towards sustainable energy systems, more government and corporate influence is needed to attain a hydrogen economy.

Internet Resources

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). External Link

ACEEE is a non-profit that works toward harnessing the full potential of energy efficiency to achieve greater economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection in the United States. The site offers portals with industry specific energy efficiency information, research publications and consumer resources on energy efficiency.

DOE SciTech Connect Energy

This site provides information on green energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydrogen. The resources provided offer the authors, dates, and hyperlinks to its texts which look into the design, theories, and progress of these energy sources.

Energy [R]evolution External Link

The Energy [R]evolution is a joint project by Greenpeace International,External Link European Renewable Energy Council and Global Wind Energy Council External Link that performs energy analysis and puts forth specific policy changes in order to protect our climate through investment in renewable energy.

Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) External Link

GWEC is the international trade association for the wind power industry. The site provides industry news and statistics; publications including Global Wind Reports, Global Wind Energy Outlook, Country Reports and topical reports; press releases and video content.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. U.S. Dept. of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy website offers viewers sources of information on renewable energy generation, energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing establishments, and sustainable transportation. Also provides recent news and events on energy efficiency issues.

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Print Resources

Davim, J. Paulo, ed. Sustainable Manufacturing. ISTE. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2010.
LC Call Number: TS155.7 .S856 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2010003697

Sustainable Manufacturing provides a well-balanced overview of sustainable manufacturing. The textbook discusses successful materials, technologies, and operational systems that are generally used for pollution control and energy efficiencies. The content expands on how managers and engineers can achieve sustainable manufacturing processes and produce environmental conscious product designs.

Dornfeld, David A., ed. Green Manufacturing: Fundamentals and Applications. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag New York Inc., 2010.
LC Call Number: TS155.7 .G73 2010
LC Catalog Record: 2012951130

This academic approach to green manufacturing covers the basic principle and processes that define sustainable production systems. The text also includes detailed examples that explain current economic and regulatory issues and the emerging technologies and new engineering approaches surrounding green manufacturing.

Gupta, Surendra M., and A.J.D. Fred Lambert, eds. Environment Conscious Manufacturing. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2008.
LC Call Number: TS155.7 .E57 2008
LC Catalog Record: 2007020180

Recognizing the recent growth of consumer-driven environmental awareness, this book considers the terms industrial ecology and environment-conscious manufacturing (ECM) in today's society. The authors also provide an overview on the barriers of ECM and explore how to use integrative structural modeling to investigate, analyze, and overcome these issues.

El-Haggar, Salah M. Sustainable Industrial Design and Waste Management: Cradle-to-Cradle for Sustainable Development. Boston, MA: Elsevier Academic Press, 2007.
LC Call Number: TD793.9 .H34 2007
LC Catalog Record: 2008357332

The author argues that sustainable development and manufacturing may only be attained through the establishment of an industrial ecology. This text reveals case studies and innovative technologies that help readers connect to their own field while learning the concepts behind developing industrial ecology.

Journal Articles

Hu, Guiping. "Market and Social Welfare Analysis for Hybrid Sustainable Manufacturing Industry." International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing 2, no. 4 (2012): 338-55.
Full text available from MetaPress, subscription resource limited to patrons onsite.

Aimed at providing guidelines for original equipment manufacturers, this paper reviews the findings of a study that used an oligopoly game theory model to analyze the competition between the green and ordinary manufacturing production sectors within the hybrid sustainable manufacturing industry.

Seliger, G., H-J. Kim, S. Kernbaum, and M. Zettl. "Approaches to Sustainable Manufacturing." International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing 1, nos. 1-2 (July 3, 2008): 58-77.
Full text available from MetaPress, subscription resource limited to patrons onsite.

This article primarily focuses on identifying a research and development plan for attaining high use products with less resource consumption. The authors review current government and industry issues, core research fields, and technology road maps involving sustainable manufacturing.

Abdul Rashid, Salwa H., Stephen Evans, and Philip Longhurst. "A Comparison of Four Sustainable Manufacturing Strategies." International Journal of Sustainable Engineering 1, no. 3 (November 4, 2008): 214-29.

This paper reviews the literature on sustainable manufacturing strategies that deliver improved material performance. Four primary strategies were found: waste minimization; material efficiency; resource efficiency; and eco-efficiency. The authors determine the key characteristics of these sustainable manufacturing strategies and use comparison and contrast to distinguish clear separation between these characteristics.

Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Vijayaraghavan, Athulan; & Dornfeld, David. (2008). Metrics for Sustainable Manufacturing. UC Berkeley: Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability.
Available from eScholarship University of California.External Link

This paper develops a methodology for distinguishing environmental cost metrics and sustainability metrics of sustainable manufacturing. Geared towards those in leading decision making processes and management positions, utilization of this methodology brings primary focus on energy use, global climate change, non-renewable resource consumption, and water consumption.

Internet Resources

Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS). UC Berkeley External Link

Research areas LMAS focuses on include precision manufacturing, green manufacturing and Consortium on Deburring and Edge Finishing (CODEF) & Cleanability. The site offers access to research posters, publications by LMAS researchers and videos on sustainable manufacturing. The Green Manufacturing External Link blog by Dr. Dornfeld provides commentary, information and resources on green manufacturing and sustainability based on a wide range of sources including LMAS research.

Sustainable Manufacturing 101 Module. U.S. Dept. of Commerce

This portal is "designed to familiarize companies, particularly small-to-medium-size manufacturers, with key concepts, approaches, strategies, terminology and regulations related to sustainable manufacturing."

Sustainable Manufacturing. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website contains information and resources for improving sustainability and competitiveness of manufacturing companies. Provides case studies, assessment tools for manufacturing practices, information on federal programs that support sustainable manufacturing, as well as access to the Sustainable Business Clearinghouse that includes federal, state and non-governmental resources

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