In the 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, experts around the world provide authoritative coverage of the growing body of knowledge about ways to restore the planet. Focused on solutions, this interdisciplinary print and online publication draws from the natural, physical, and social sciences - geophysics, engineering, and resource management, to name a few - and from philosophy and religion. The result is a unified, organized, and peer-reviewed resource on sustainability that connects academic research to real-world challenges and provides a balanced, trustworthy perspective on global environmental issues in the 21st century.
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There is no shortage of information about environmental problems and no dearth of people calling themselves experts on sustainability. In fact, there is all too much information, and strident voices with opposing claims and frightening predictions. Now, however, the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability solves the problem of information overload. The ten-volume set includes concise overviews from experts on an array of sustainability-related topics, compiled into thematic volumes. The reader will find solid research data, thorough analyses, and jargon-free discussion, effectively transforming a fast-developing research domain.
Sample Articles from the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability:
Energy by Sarah Fredericks, from volume 1, The Spirit of Sustainability
Education, Higher by James Elder, from volume 2, The Business of Sustainability
Free Trade by Rachel Denae Thrasher, from volume 2, The Business of Sustainability
Natural Resources Law by Eric Freyfogle, from volume 3, The Law and Politics of Sustainability
Real Property Law by Anastasia Telesetsky, from volume 3, The Law and Politics of Sustainability
The Encyclopedia of Sustainability is a central resource for major universities as well as for regional high schools, small public libraries, community colleges, local government offices - and thus the starting point for a wide range of student research, expert cross-education, public presentation, and program planning. Articles in the encyclopedia can also be purchased or licensed individually for use in classrooms and on company intranets, as background material in reports across disciplines, or in professional databases devoted to corporate training.
The global range of coverage in the Encyclopedia of Sustainability makes it an exceptional tool for businesses focused on green opportunities around the world. Berkshire takes readers beyond Corporate Social Responsibility (often maligned for having ulterior motives) to look at the biological, technical, and social challenges that need redirection in public policy, business enterprise, and scientific innovation.
Educators, researchers, and professionals in a number of sustainability-related fields should also keep an eye on the forthcoming Berkshire Essentials series. Each topic-specific book gathers articles that appeared within the volumes of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability - about environmental law or energy industries worldwide, for instance - to provide concentrated and custom-tailored coverage. (The Essentials series draws on other hot topics as well as sustainability, such as world history, China, community, and sports.)
Reader's Guide for the 10 volumes
Resource Guide to International Sustainability Programs
Dedication and Introduction
Alphabetical listing of the nearly 1,000 articles
Below are links to the ten volumes of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability:
Vols. 1–10: The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Vol. 1: The Spirit of Sustainability
Vol. 2: The Business of Sustainability
Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability
Vol. 4: Natural Resources and Sustainability
Vol. 5: Ecosystem Management and Sustainability
Vol. 6: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability
Vol. 7: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability
Vol. 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability
Vol. 9: Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability
Vol. 10: The Future of Sustainability