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Sustainability Resource Guide: Welcome

Information about sustainability resources, events and activities at Newcastle University: a collaborative guide from NIReS and the University Library


Welcome to the Sustainability Resource Guide! 

This guide is a collaboration between Newcastle University Library, academic staff and students to bring together information resources on all aspects of sustainability. We welcome suggestions for new topics and additional information/feedback from the public to develop it further. Please see the Contribute to Guide tab below.

Launch of the guide

On the 12th March, 2014 the Sustainable Resource Guide was officially launched as a University Sustainability resource by Professor Tony Stevenson, Pro Vice Chancellor for Planning and Resources, attended by over 35 staff from across the University

We received very good feedback from participants, who were asked to get involved with adding content and to suggest changes and additions to the Guide. We welcome contributions to the Guide, especially to help us expand the Hot Topics. If you'd like to help, just download the Resource Guide Suggestions form, fill it in and return it.

This Library Guide has been created to provide free access to sustainability information, links and resources for students and the general public. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all resources and although the content of this guide is carefully reviewed by staff, Newcastle University is not responsible for content on any third-party sites which this guides links to. 

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Three Spheres of Sustainability image


The Sustainability Resource Guide provides an overview to a selection of the sustainability hot topics affecting the world right now. The Topics reflect the main sustainability teaching and research themes at Newcastle. The concept of sustainability can be summarised as: 'enough, for all, forever'. 


(Image: Vanderbuilt University, Center for Teaching (2010). Three Spheres of Sustainability.  Available at:  Creative Commons: CCBYNC)

Sustainability News


Live @ (BBC Radio 5 live; BBC Radio Newcastle; Look North, BBC Breakfast, Monocle 24)

1. Monocle 24: ' The Urbanist' - AoU: The Future of Urbanism' talks about the 10th Congress of the Academy of Urbanism and lessons that cities can learn from each other (link)


The Sustainable Organization Library (SOL) is an online library of around 10,000 items (book chapters, case studies and research papers) drawn from nearly 800 books, reports and journal issues, focused on sustainability and social responsibility. SOL draws from a number of partner publishers including Greenleaf Publishing, Oxfam, EFMD, AMACOM, Practical Action Publishing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Peter Lang and Access Press.

CABi e-books includes the full text of many books on Sustainability.    

OECD contains many useful environmental reports

Springer e-books cover all subjects. You can also order a personal print copy using MyCopy.

Library Search list all our print materials and indexes e-books, some journal articles, e-prints, e-theses and more using a single search.

Discover library resources on your mobile by going to 


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