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CMU Libraries environmental resources across disciplines with other selected links, Send e-mail to webmaster or contact your departmental liasion librarian about more environmental resources and research options in your areas of study.



CMU Energy Week Apri 2-6

The EcoInnovation District Project is getting underway in Pittsburgh and is calling for participation.
Here's a link to the Final Plan.

The 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo being held in Pittsburgh in  October will examine the critical role of higher education in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the world's governments in September 2015, the 17 SDGs establish ambitious global targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

Deborah Stine represented CMU at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn Germany November 10-15, 2017.

Fracktracker Alliance studies and communicates the risks of oil and gas development to protect our planet and support the renewable energy transformation.

The Goi Peace Award 2017 goes to Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons the co-founders of Bioneers "an innovative nonprofit educational organization dedicated to disseminating visionary and practical solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges." 

Goi Peace Foundation "Declaration for All Life on Earth".
Non-profit independent investigative news source in the public interest of the Pittsburgh region including health and the environment.


Ecology and History Timeline

Magill, Frank N., ed.
Great Events From History II: Ecology and the Environment Series, Salem Press, Pasadena CA; Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1994
A 5-volume timeline covering environmental events in detail from 1905-1994.
(1st floor Hunt Library)
GE150.G72 1995 5 volumes

CMU Sustainability

Information about sustainability at CMU including events, education, resources and the amazing student activist organization, Sustainable Earth.

CMU Sustainable Earth

Environmental Radio

The Allegheny Front

A radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania, produced by WYEP-FM a National Public Radio affiliate.

GRIST environmental news

Featured Databases

An excellent way to gain a broad understanding and/or in-depth coverage of social, political and environmental topics covered in the news.   "...reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students."  CQ = Congressional Quarterly.  First established in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports.


GlobalData Power (formerly Alternative Energy eTrack)
Covers the alternate/renewable energy industries : wind, hydro, solar, ocean, geothermal, biofuels, fuel cells, nuclear, carbon trading, etc. Includes news, deals, analysis, forecasts, and more. No downloading but copy/paste is possible.


Environment & Energy Publishing
Coverage of environmental, energy and climate policy with five daily online publications.



A highly regarded market research database providing extensive industry reports which include environmentally related industries. It provides "forecasts with important statistical and analytical information on the markets, applications, industry structure, major players, market shares, industry dynamics, technology and technology shifts, and international developments.”  Researchers interested in commercialization and startups might begin with this database.  Other databases with comparable quality that might be used in conjunction with BCC include Gartner, Frost and Sullivan, and IBISWorld.


OECD iLibrary
Online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development providing access to journals articles, working papers, multi-lingual summaries, e-book titles, book chapters, databases and  thousands of tables and graphs. Explore all of its aspects or limit to theme such as OECD ILibrary: Environment.

As of 2015 also includes: all IEA: International Energy Agency  databases with extensive historical and current data on:

·        IEA CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion Statistics

·        IEA Coal Information Statistics

·        IEA Electricity Information Statistics

·        IEA Energy Prices and Taxes Statistics

·        IEA Energy Technology RD&D Statistics

·        IEA Natural Gas Information Statistics

·        IEA Oil Information Statistics

·        IEA Renewables Information Statistics

·        IEA World Energy Statistics and Balances

Featured Environmental Journals


Access any article from 1869 to present in  Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science


Nature Climate Change
A monthly journal publishing original research on the science of climate change,
and its impacts and wider implications for the economy, society and policy.




Global Environmental Change: Human and Policy Dimensions
Interdisciplinary journal spanning the social and natural sciences

Global Environmental Change: Environmental Hazards



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Environment & Behavior
Examines relationships between human behavior and the natural and built environment



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Global Environmental Politics
Analysis of political issues impacting environmental      
management from the local to global levels.

Featured Open-Access Journal


A peer-reviewed journal on the theory and practice of engineering equity, non-oppressive and non-violent approaches.

Featured Pittsburgh Archive

Michell Madoff Papers, University of Pittsburgh Archives

Papers of the Pittsburgh activist and politician related primarily to combatting air pollution in Pittsburgh. Collection Dates: 1970-1977.
Extent: 10.0 linear feet (6 boxes) including reports and booklets, research information and newsletters, energy production research, and related proposed testimony and legislation, project correspondence and more.

Featured Projects

Smell Pittsburgh is a mobile phone app designed to engage Pittsburgh residents in tracking pollution odors across our region.


A Community-Powered Learning Library and Alternative News Center For People Who Want To Change The World

Links to over 3000 films available online for free. The goal of this resource is "to provide citizens of the world with the information and perspectives essential for creating a more just, sustainable and democratic society." An extensive subject list allows you to focus in on your areas of interest.


In  Forest Man filmmaker William Douglas McMaster profiles Jadav Payeng, an environmental activist who has single-handedly planted more than 1,300 acres of trees on the Indian river island Majuli. Since 1979, Payeng has devoted his life to expanding the forest and protecting the animals that live within it. "There are no monsters in nature except for humans," he says. "Nothing is safe from humans, not even tigers or elephants."
McMaster frames the story through a local journalist named Jitu Kalita, who stumbled across the forest in 2009. Kalita wrote an article about his discovery shortly afterward, which turned Payeng's work into a national sensation. "I couldn't believe my eyes," he recalls. "I had found a dense forest in the middle of a barren wasteland."


Map of Memory: What is Missing?

A project spearheaded by architect Maya Lin that documents what have lost and what we are losing on the planet due to human intervention. Includes stories of place, historic timelines and more.




Let us remember...

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Huffington Post. illustrating Bill McKibbin's  "Missing the Drama of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout."
Cross-posted from
Nieman Watchdog



Books, e-Books



The RAND Corporation has made 1,200 titles freely available to researchers around the world. With this contribution, a total of 2,171 Open Access ebooks are now available on JSTOR.The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that publishes high-quality research to inform public policy and decision-making. The content available on JSTOR covers important issues in the fields of security, health, education, sustainability, and more.

Engelhard, Michael. Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017.

Thorpe, Jocelyn,, Stephanie Rutherford, and L. Anders Sandberg. Methodological Challenges in Nature-culture and Environmental History Research. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2017


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Humphreys, Michael A.  Humphreys, Michael A.  Adaptive Thermal Comfort: Foundations and Analysis.  (e-book) London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016

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Kennish, Michael J. Encyclopedia of Estuaries. Dordrecht : SpringerReference, 2016.
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Allen, Aaron S. and Kevin Dawe
Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature. New York: NY. Routledge, 2016
HUNT STACKS-4 ML3799.3 .C87 2016


Kanopy Films

Symphony of the Soil
Scientists, farmers and ranchers discuss how we can bring back the world's depleted soil back to life from misuse by agriculture, deforestation and development in this beautifully filmed and artistic documentary.


Life Off Grid: A Film About Disconnecting
A two-year exploration into the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy. The film addresses a myriad of personal and social issues as well as processes and creativity surrounding "sustainable" architecture, design and engineering

Brought to you by Kanopy. A streaming film subscription
available to the CMU community

Initiative of Interest

Climate Change Theatre Action: The Arctic Cycle 2017
The Arctic Cycle will support the writing, development, and production of eight plays by playwright Chantal Bilodeau that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states: United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia. Each play is written after extensive research, visits to the areas, and consultations with scientists and local communities.