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The AU Sustainability Office embraces the United Nations definition of sustainability: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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What is Sustainability?


In 1987 the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations defined sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." --Our Common Future

  • Sustainability Timeline
    A timeline created by the International Institute for Sustainable Development that presents important moments in sustainable development from 1962-2009

Higher Education

Sustainability Minor

"The sustainability revolution is nothing less than a rethinking and remaking of our role in the natural world. It is a recalibration of human intentions to coincide with the way the biophysical world works."
--David Orr, preface, The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift

Auburn University is now offering a Minor in Sustainability.  The following links lead to information on the program.

Sciences and Engineering

Pollution Abstracts (AU only)

Provides citations and abstracts to the literatures of scientific research and government policymaking. Topics are covered from the standpoints of atmosphere, emissions, mathematical models, effects on people and animals, and environmental action in response to global pollution issues.

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management (AU only)

Provides citations and abstracts to the literature of the environmental sciences. The citations describe journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, monographs and selected books and patents.

Science Direct  (AU only)

Science Direct provides full-text access to over 500 journals mostly in the sciences. There are many articles that deal with sustainability studies. Access to almost all the publications is available after setting up a personal a profile. A good way to get into Science Direct is to search it using the SCIRUS interface that searches selected web pages as well as scholarly articles.



    General Databases

     Academic Search Premier (AU only)

    Covers abstracts and indexing for over 3,000 scholarly journals and features full text articles for over 1,200 journals since 1990.

    Lexis-Nexis Academic(AU only)

    Indexes newspapers, business, legal, and medical resources. Also includes sections on quotations, and polls and surveys.

    InfoTrac's Expanded Academic ASAP(AU only)

    Indexes over 1500 journal titles in a variety of subject areas including astronomy, religion, law, history, psychology, humanities, current events, sociology, communications and the general sciences. Articles in over 500 journals are full text.

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