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About the Sustainability Shelf

The Sustainability Shelf is a place where you can learn about global action and collective and embodied experiences of the climate crisis. You can also refill your water bottle and find out about opportunities offered through the Sustainability Engagement Institute.

Located on the main floor of Wilson Library, across from the entrance to the Tutoring Center, the Sustainability Shelf features a focused, rotating selection of library materials. Books are often tied to specific U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, but the shelf also includes materials that support connection to nature and that create hope, action, and just futures.

About this guide

This guide includes the 20 or so items currently featured on the Sustainability Shelf, but also links to hundreds of other print and e-books and streaming video available through the Western Libraries. Whether you are planning a course around U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, starting a research project, or participating in a community event with the Sustainability Engagement Institute, there are many resources available to support your inquiry.

Open Access e-books are identified for many of the UN SDGs. These are books published by scholarly presses that are freely available online, so you do not need to have a WWU login to access them, though they are listed in the Western Libraries' catalogue. Community members without a WWU affiliation are also able to borrow most print books through one of the reciprocal borrowing programs. Resources designated as "for WWU community" require a WWU login, as they are part of the Western Libraries' subscriptions. If you're not WWU-affiliated, check with your college or local library about getting access to these titles.

Current Focus: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Librarian, Team Science