Sustainability Resources at the DNR Library

Last updated: 3/17/11

This is a list of sustainability materials available for loan from the DNR Library. All DNR employees can check out materials from the library.  Field staff should email the library to have materials sent to them.  To search all of the library's resources, please go to the library catalog.  Don't see what you need?  Email the library to request an interlibrary loan. (DNR employees only).

For information on current sustainability efforts in the State of Maryland, please visit the Sustainable Maryland website.

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Building consensus for a sustainable future : putting principles into practice. Gerald Cormick ... [et al.]. Ottawa: National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, c1996.

The business guide to sustainability : practical strategies and tools for organizations / Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard.  London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan,  2006.

The Center for Chesapeake Communities' summit : toward a sustainable Chesapeake : tools and techniques to promote smart growth, protect the environment and preserve quality-of-life. Printed by the Environmental Protection Agency for the Chesapeake Bay Program, 1999.

The ecology of place : planning for environment, economy and community. Timothy Beatley, Kristy Manning. Washington, DC : Island Press, c1997.

Energy revolution : policies for a sustainable future / Howard Geller.  Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2003.

Environment, power, and society for the twenty-first century : the hierarchy of energy / Howard T. Odum.  New York : Columbia University Press, c2007.

Fostering sustainable behavior : an introduction to community-based social marketing. Doug McKenzie Mohr and William Smith. Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, 1999.

Holistic management : a new framework for decision making. Allan Savory with Jody Butterfield. 2nd ed. Washington, D. C. : Island Press, c1999.

Leading change toward sustainability : a change-management guide for business, government and civil society / Bob Doppelt.  Sheffield, UK : Greenleaf,  2003.

Linking social and ecological systems : management practices and social mechanisms for building resilience. Edited by Fikret Berkes and Carl Folke. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Our common future. World Commission on Environment and Development. Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.

Our ecological footprint : reducing human impact on the earth. Mathis Wackernagel and William E. Rees. Gabriola Island, BC Philadelphia, PA : New Society Publishers, c1996.

Proceedings of the 1994 Chesapeake Research Conference : toward a sustainable watershed, the Chesapeake experiment. Paula Hill and Steve Nelson, editors. Edgewater, Md. : Chesapeake Research Consortium, 1995.

Securing your future : pathways to community sustainability. Benedict J. Hren, Nick Bartolomeo and Michael Signer. Gaithersburg, Md. : Izaak Walton League of America, 1995.

Stumbling toward sustainability. Edited by John C. Dernbach. Washington, DC : Environmental Law Institute, 2002.

Sustainable America : a new consensus for prosperity, opportunity, and a healthy environment for the future. Washington, DC : President's Council on Sustainable Development, 1996.

The sustainability handbook : the complete management guide to achieving social, economic, and environmental responsibility / William R. Blackburn.  Washington D.C. : Environmental Law Institute,  2007.

Sustainability in action : profiles of community initiatives across the United States. Prepared for the Urban and Economic Development Policy Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by Concern, Inc., Community Sustainability Resource Institute, Job & Environment Campaign. 1995.

The sustainability revolution : portrait of a paradigm shift / Andres R. Edwards ; foreword by David W. Orr.  --  Gabriola, BC : New Society Publishers, c2005

Technology for a sustainable future : a framework for action. Washington, DC : Environmental Technology Strategy Staff, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1994.

This place called home tools for sustainable communities [CD-ROM]. Produced by the Alliance for Community Education and Pearson-Glaser Productions with major funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities. Washington, D.C. : 1998.

Toward sustainable communities : transition and transformations in environmental policy. Edited by Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1999.


Agroecology : ecological processes in sustainable agriculture. Stephen R. Gliessman editor, Eric Engles technical illustrator, Eric Engles contributing writer, Robin Krieger. Boca Raton : Lewis Publishers, c2000.

Agroecosystem sustainability : developing practical strategies. Stephen R. Gliessman. Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, c2001.

Biotechnology's bitter harvest : herbicide-tolerant crops and the threat to sustainable agriculture. Rebecca Goldburg ... [et al.]. Biotechnology Working Group, 1990.

Facilitating sustainable agriculture : participatory learning and adaptive management in times of environmental uncertainty. Edited by N.G. Rčoling and M.A.E. Wagemakers. Cambridge, U.K New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Farming in nature's image : an ecological approach to agriculture. Judith D. Soule and Jon K. Piper. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c1992.

A guide to USDA and other Federal resources for sustainable agriculture and forestry enterprises : adding value to agriculture and forestry through new and alternative enterprises and supporting sustainable agriculture through conservation, credit, and community development. A publication of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture agencies working together for sustainable rural development in collaboration with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, 1998.

The landowner's survival guide : resources for agricultural landowners in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Compiled by Ruth Sullivan and Diana Friedman. Stevensville, MD : Future Harvest-CASA, 2002.

Sustainable agriculture : Task Force report. The President's Council on Sustainable Development. Washington, D.C. : President's Council on Sustainable Development, 1997.

Development & Construction

Best development practices : a primer for smart growth. Reid Ewing with Robert Hodder. Washington, D.C. : Smart Growth Network : International City/County Management Association, 1998.

Best development practices : doing the right thing and making money at the same time. Reid Ewing with MaryBeth DeAnna, Christine C. Heflin, Douglas R. Porter. Chicago : American Planning Association, c1996.

Building inside nature's envelope : how new construction and land preservation can work together. Andy Wasowski, with Sally Wasowski. New York : Oxford University Press,  2000.

Counties : foundation for a sustainable future. Issue 1: Introduction to sustainable development. Wash. D.C. : National Association of Counties, 1994.

The designer's atlas of sustainability / Ann Thorpe. Washington, DC : Island Press, c2007.

Ecological design handbook : sustainable strategies for architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and planning. Fred A. Stitt, editor. London : McGraw-Hill, 1999.

Green building products : the GreenSpec guide to residential building materials = GreenSpecŞ guide to residential building materials / Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn, editors.  --  3rd ed.  --  Brattleboro, VT : BuildingGreen ;, c2008

Green building template: a guide to sustainable design renovating for Baltimore rowhouses. Prepared by TerraLogos ECO Architecture for the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, 2001.

Green development : integrating ecology and real estate. Rocky Mountain Institute [et al.]. New York : Wiley, c1998.

Guiding principles of sustainable design. Denver, Colo. : U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Denver Service Center, 1993.

Land use conflict : when city and country clash. Chicago, IL : Farm Foundation, 1999.

Land use in America. Edited by Henry L. Diamond and Patrick F. Noonan. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, 1996.

Managing growth in America's communities / Douglas R. Porter. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2008.

Native to nowhere : sustaining home and community in a global age / Timothy Beatley. Washington, DC : Island Press, c2004.

The natural house : a complete guide to healthy, energy-efficient, natural homes. Daniel D. Chiras. White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 2000.

The natural house catalog : everything you need to create an environmentally friendly home. David Pearson.  New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Opportunities in Sustainable Development: strategies for the Chesapeake Basin. Proceedings from a conference sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, held in March 1997, edited by Margarita Hill. Washington, DC: 1997.

Participation tools for better land-use planning : techniques & case studies. C. Nicholas Moore. Sacramento, CA : Center for Livable Communities, c1995.

Pennsylvania's first green building [videorecording] Harrisburg, PA : Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, c1998.

Placing nature : culture and landscape ecology. Edited by Joan Iverson Nassauer. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c1997.

Regenerative design for sustainable development. John Tillman Lyle. New York : John Wiley, c1994.

Reshaping the built environment : ecology, ethics, and economics. Edited by Charles J. Kibert. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c1999.

Resolving environmental conflict : towards sustainable community development. Chris Maser. Delray Beach, FL : St. Lucie Press, c1996.

Skinny streets and green neighborhoods : design for environment and community / Cynthia Girling, Ronald Kellett. Washington, DC : Island Press, c2005.

Sustainable cities : concepts and strategies for eco-city development. Edited by Bob Walter, Lois Arkin, Richard Crenshaw. Los Angeles, CA : EHM Eco-Home Media, c1992.

Sustainable landscape construction : a guide to green building outdoors. J. William Thompson & Kim Sorvig with drawings by Craig D. Farnsworth. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c2000.

Toward sustainable development : concepts, methods, and policy. Edited by Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh, Jan van der Straaten. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c1994.

Well grounded : using local land use authority to achieve smart growth. John R. Nolon. Washington, D.C. : Environmental Law Institute, c2001.


The business guide to sustainability : practical strategies and tools for organizations / Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard.  London ; Sterling, VA : Earthscan,  2006.

Eco-economy : building an economy for the earth. Lester R. Brown. New York : W.W. Norton, 2001.

The ecology of commerce : a declaration of sustainability / Paul Hawken.  1st ed.  New York, NY : HarperBusiness, c1993.

For the common good : redirecting the economy toward community, the environment, and a sustainable future. Herman E. Daly and John B. Cobb, Jr. with contributions by Clifford W. Cobb. 2nd ed., updated and expanded. Boston : Beacon Press, c1994.

Green to gold : how smart companies use environmental strategy to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage / Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston.  New Haven, [Conn.] : Yale University Press,  2006.

Lost landscapes and failed economies : the search for a value of place. Thomas Michael Power. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c1996.

Nature tourism : managing for the environment. Edited by Tensie Whelan. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, c1991.

Valuing the future : economic theory and sustainability. Geoffrey Heal. New York : Columbia University Press, 1998.


America's living oceans : charting a course for sea change : summary report : recommendations for a new ocean policy. Arlington, Va. : Pew Oceans Commission, 2003.

Fish conservation : a guide to understanding and restoring global aquatic biodiversity and fishery resources / Gene S. Helfman. Washington : Island Press, c2007.

Perspectives on Chesapeake Bay : Chesapeake Bay fisheries, prospects for multispecies management and sustainability. Thomas J. Miller, Edward D. Houde, and Elizabeth J. Watkins. Annapolis, MD : Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee, Chesapeake Bay Program, 1996.

Our ocean future : themes and issues concerning the nation's stake in the oceans developed for discussion during 1998, the Year of the Ocean. A multi-sector, collaborative project of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Washington, D.C., 1998.


The business of sustainable forestry : case studies. A project of the Sustainable Forestry Working Group. Chicago : John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1998.

The business of sustainable forestry : strategies for an industry in transition. Michael B. Jenkins and Emily T. Smith. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, 1999.

Conserving the forests of the Chesapeake : the status, trends and importance of forests for the bay's sustainable future. Annapolis, MD : United States Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, 1996.

Ecoforestry : the art and science of sustainable forest use. Edited by Alan Rike Drengson and Duncan MacDonald Taylor. Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, 1997.

Forested landscapes in perspective : prospects and opportunities for sustainable management of America's nonfederal forests. Committee on Prospects and Opportunities for Sustainable Management of America's Nonfederal Forests, Board on Agriculture, National Research Council. Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1998.

Sourcebook on criteria and indicators of forest sustainability in the northeastern area. Newton Square, PA : USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, 2002.

Sustainable forestry for tomorrow's world : first annual progress report on the American Forest & Paper Association's sustainable forestry initiative. Washington, D.C. : American Forest & Paper Association, 1996.

Wealth in woodlands 2002 : sustainable microbusiness options for the forest landowner. Charleston, W. Va. : Center for Economic Options, 2002.

Sustainability Resources Online


Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE)
SAGE studies problems caused by interactions between human activities, natural resources, and the environment. Abstracts describe research papers in global systems, land use, water, agriculture, ecosystems, human health, science, and policy. Also included are computer models and datasets, an Atlas of the Biosphere, and categorized links.

SustainLane Government
Contains more than 110 best practice documents and a secure directory of participating government officials from over 450 cities, counties and states. Includes best management practices for climate change policy, economic development, parks and open space, sustainability management, land use and planning, and more. Requires free registration.

U.S. EPA: Office of Sustainability
Provides resources for sustainability in the built environment, water, ecosystems, and agriculture, energy and the environment, and materials and toxics. Website includes a listing of events.


Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
Contains a list of links to relevant sites dealing with sustainability, alternative plants and crops, farm energy options, grazing systems, organic production, ecological pest management, and soil and water management. From the USDA National Agricultural Library.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
This searchable site "provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States."

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)
SAREP assists California farmers and ranchers in developing and implementing sustainable production and marketing systems and support California's rural and urban communities in understanding the concept and value of sustainable agriculture and participating in sustainable food and agricultural systems.

Development & Construction

Green Design/Sustainable Architecture: Resources
Extensive bibliography on sustainable design of buildings, with listings for dictionaries and encyclopedias, handbooks, histories, journals, and resources for codes and specifications, design, building materials, construction methods, environmental health, energy, case studies, and more. Includes links to additional research guides on solar design, daylighting (natural lighting), and other design topics. From the Environmental Design Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Information about environmentally friendly, sustainable architecture and natural building, using renewable energy, local and recycled materials, and incorporating principles of conservation. Includes resource links and book and video recommendations.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
The mission of this Canadian organization is to advance "policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurement and indicators, and natural resource management to make development sustainable." The site features news and publications on a variety of topics including business, energy, communities, livelihoods, knowledge networks, leadership, and more. 

NRDC: Building Green: From Principle to Practice
This presentation focuses on the benefits of sustainable construction for businesses. It includes basic steps in planning for green building, supplemented by case studies. Also includes a page explaining LEED certification for green buildings, and links to additional websites about sustainable building. From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Sustainable and Green Guide to Realty
List of resources on sustainable design, architecture, gardening, heating, cooling, and water systems, and more.

U.S. DOE: Smart Communities Network
This site offers a "menu of information and services on how your community can adopt sustainable development as a strategy for well-being." The site features case studies, links to technical and financial resources, and to model codes and ordinances communities have used to implement sustainable development. Also includes overviews of topics (such as green buildings and transportation) links to online publications, and news. Searchable.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development
This United Nations division focuses on "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." The site features documents, publications, and links to resources on biodiversity, energy, forests, desertification and drought, and other sustainable development issues. Also include national information by country.


Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) United States
Information about the activities of the U.S. branch of this nonprofit organization that sets standards for responsible and sustainable forestry. Features information about the council's certification process, a newsletter, and a browsable and searchable database of FSC-certified companies selling lumber, building products, paper, and other forest products and services. Searchable.

State Initiatives

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Sustainable Maryland

Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network

Massachusetts State Sustainability Website

North Carolina Project Green

North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance: A Checklist for Office Sustainability

Washington State Department of Ecology: Sustainability, Waste Reduction and Recycling


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