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This guide will introduce sustainability resources available to Pepperdine University students.

Subject Guide

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Lucy Perrin
Director and Archivist, Rushford Center for Research and Churches of Christ Heritage Collection




This research guide will point you toward research resources and strategies available to you as scholars doing sustainability research at Pepperdine.

Use this guide throughout the research process to help you have the best support for your thesis and research.

Sustainability Defined

“The term sustainability has a range of definitions running into hundreds, making any preliminary definition necessarily highly abstract, but all cluster around the core idea that some system, process, range of welfare, or set of items can be maintained at a certain rate or level for the long term; the ingredients of this formulation and its applications, however, vary widely, as do their disciplinary roots and practical implications.” - Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (2009)

“A concept that is used to describe community and economic development in terms of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation

Starting Points: Databases

Sustainability Data Sources

TED Talks

"It's the question of our generation: Can we find sustainable solutions for energy, water, food, stuff? In these TED talks, scientists and inventors offer visionary solutions for a greener future." - TED Talks on Sustainability