This guide is designed for interdisciplinary research in sustainability.

Library Research Guide


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The K-State Libraries Sustainability Matrix seeks to: Develop, promote, and support opportunities for K-State students, faculty, staff and community members to discover and partner on projects related to sustainability. Advocate for and participate in sustainability-related initiatives through collaboration on sustainability-focused projects and through the discovery and sharing of resources.

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What is Sustainability?

Sustainable development is our ability to "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." — 1987 Our Common Future (Brundtland Report) World Commission on Environment and Development

" create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans." — 1969 National Environmental Protection Act

"Sustainable development is economic growth that will benefit present and future generations without detrimentally affecting the resources or biological systems of the planet." — President's Council on Sustainable Development


Dialog on Sustainability

The 2019 Fourteenth Annual Dialog on Sustainability, hosted by the K-State Consortium for Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, focused on the topics of climate change and stormwater management. The resources provided in this handout are intended to support research related to the dialog and were compiled by Dr. Larry Erickson and K-State Librarians Carol Sevin and Ellen Urton. 

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