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Everybody's favorite color? The Rhetoric of Green (Spring 2008)

Everybody's favorite color? The Rhetoric of Green
Instructor: Whitney Trump
Librarian: Molly Molloy,

Getting Started:
From the library’s home page under Research Help see Research Quick Start Guides, especially:
*Guide for PWR Students - includes links for audio and visual resources
Environmental Issues
Research Subjects, A-Z:
Environment – Earth systems/the environment:
How do I find?
News Sources Topics: Environment: ENNonline; Science: Science Daily - alternative fuels, diet, and more

Reference Materials – to help you find more information on your topic, limit your topic, and find keywords to use in online catalogs and databases

In the Information Center:

  • Encyclopedia of bioethics. 5 vols., also online. QH332 .E52 2004
  • Encyclopedia of world environmental history. 3 vols. GF10 .E63 2004
  • State of the World. HC59 .S73 2007, latest in IC, earlier in stacks, also in Biology and Engineering (Worldwatch Institute )
  • Vaughn, Jacqueline. Environmental activism: a reference handbook. GE195 .S88 2003
  • Statistics section: Vital Signs: the trends that are shaping our future. TD193.2 .B76 (earlier in stacks) Publication of Worldwatch Institute.

    In the SSRC (Social Sciences Resource Center) - some non-circulating reference books:

  • The Oxford handbook of international environmental law. K3585 .O94 2007
  • Park, Chris C. A dictionary of environment and conservation. GE10 .P375 2007
  • Science magazine's state of the planet, 2006-2007. GE140 .S35 2006
  • Finding Books

    The Library's online catalog is Socrates .
    Try keywords in SIMPLE SEARCH (Search Everything) to find good books and then click on the subject words in those records.

    Some good subject words:
    Architecture and energy conservation
    Climate change, also Climatic change
    Environmental aspects
    Environmental ethics
    Environmental protection
    Global warming
    Nature conservation
    Sustainable architecture = green; Browse subjects: Sustainable agriculture, architecture, buildings, design, development etc.
    Urban landscape architecture
    Urban renewal

    Other relevant libraries:

    Art & Architecture Library - sustainable architecture and more
    Biology - see their Subject Guide: Ecology and Population Biology
    Earth Sciences
    Hopkins Marine Station

    Some relevant books in Green Library:

  • Doucet, Clive. Urban meltdown: cities, climate change and politics as usual. HT166 .D68 2007
  • Höhne, Niklas. What is next after the Kyoto protocol? QC981.8 .G56 H64 2006
  • Levy, Matthys. Why the wind blows: a history of weather and global warming. Table of contents in record. QC981 .L499 2007
  • Nuclear legacies: communication, controversy, and the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. TD195 .N85 N825 2007
  • Scaling urban environmental challenges: from local to global and back. HT361 .C33 2007
  • Sustainable consumption, ecology and fair trade. HB820 .S85 2007
  • Walker, Richard. The country in the city: the greening of the San Francisco Bay Area. 2007. (Weyerhaeuser environmental book) SB472.7 .W35 2007
  • Art & Architecture Library

  • Cumberlidge, Clare. Design and landscape for people: new approaches to renewal. HT170 .C86 2007
  • Schneider, Tatjana. Flexible housing. NA7125 .S36 2007
  • Biology Library

  • Black, Brian. Nature and the environment in twentieth-century American life. GF503 .B532 2006
  • Critical issues in ecotourism. G156.5 .E75 C75 2007
  • The last stand of the orangutan: state of emergency: illegal logging, fire and palm oil in Indonesia’s national parks. QL737 .P96 L37 2007
  • Steinfeld, Henning. Livestock’s long shadow: environmental issues and options. SF140 .E25 S742 2006
  • Engineering Library

  • Kibert, Charles J. Sustainable construction: green building design and delivery. 2nd ed. TH880 .K53 2008
  • Richarz, Clemens. Energy-efficiency upgrades: principles, details, examples. TJ163.5 .B84 R5 2007
  • Hint: Browse call numbers in the stacks to find even more books and journals.
    You can also browse call numbers (one library at a time) online using the "CALL NO. BROWSE" search in Socrates or click on "browse nearby items on shelf" above the call number.

    Finding Articles

    In IC Display: Discover, Earth Island Journal, Scientific American, WIRED (all of these also online)
    Current Periodicals: Environmental ethics

    E-journals - some of these are also in hardcopy in Current Periodicals
    Search by title word or by subject: Ecology and Environmental Studies

  • Alternatives Journal
  • E Magazine: The Environmental Magazine
  • Ethics and the Environment
  • Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics
  • Extra! (New York, N.Y.)
  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • World watch
  • - from Worldwatch Institute

    In Databases  (search by subject or title word)
    General databases, indexing scholarly and popular sources:
    Academic Search Premier add Agricola and Environment Index - EBSCOhost
    Expanded Academic ASAP

    Alt-Press Watch
    Alternative Press Index
    CABDirect (agriculture and biological sciences)
    CSA Illumina: includes Ecology Abstracts and Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
    Environmental Fate Database
    Global Newsbank

    Finding Films
    Use the COMBINED SEARCH in Socrates and choose “Format” Films/Visual.
    (Most are in Media/Microtext in the lower level.)

    E2 Design. Season 2. Narrated by Brad Pitt. A six-part film on sustainable architecture. 180 minutes. ZDVD 16226
    The future of food. (E. aspects of agriculture) 2 discs. ZDVD 15766
    Planet Earth. 5 discs. ZDVD 14320
    Who killed the electric car? 2006. ZDVD 13340

    Other E-Resources - access through Socrates:
    Smart and sustainable built environments. Bradford, England, 2007.
    Zero energy building: a critical look at the definition: preprint. Colorado: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2006.

    Finding Resources outside of the Library at Stanford:
    Stanford Environmental Portal: leads you to Woods Institute for the Environment, in the new sustainably built Yang-Yamazaki Environment and Energy (Y2E2) Building, 473 Via Ortega. Core research areas are energy and climate, land use and conservation, oceans and estuaries, and fresh water. Their website has online news, scholarly articles, lists events, and has videos. Just received a large grant to study Biofuels. See "Publications and surveys." Recent report: "Getting credit for going green" on carbon offsets," February 28, 2008.

    Sustainable Choices - part of the Stanford Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability, information on changes you can make to help the environment

    "The Ethics of Food and the Environment” – Series from the Program in Ethics in Society this winter and spring, featuring speakers and films with discussions.

    Important URLs


    Librarians' Internet Index - great source for websites on all sorts of topics

    New York Times:, see recent series on "The Energy Challenge" and another series on China’s environmental problems "Choking on Growth"; 10 parts, part 10 on Olympics


  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Earth Island Institute, Earth Island Journal in IC Display
  • Earth Save(John Robbins and friends)
  • Ecological Society of America
  • FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting - well-documented media criticism, publisher of Extra! (see e-journals)
  • Greenpeace– campaigns on climate, toxics, genetic engineering
  • National Council for Science and the Environment – See its CRS Reports
  • National Public Radio: Climate Connections
  • National Resource Defense Council - see "Explore the issues" and "Research"
  • U.S. Climate Change Science Program - see report "The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States," May 27, 2008.
  • World Resources Institute. Earth Trends: the environmental information portal
  • Worldwatch Institute: vision for a sustainable world. See State of the World and Vital Signs above in Reference in the IC; we have Worldwatch magazine, Jan./Feb. issue: War and the environment; also e-journal
  • Blogs - see the websites above, plus:
    Ecorazzi - the latest in green gossip: a blog dedicated to “environmentally conscious celebs who use their fame as a vehicle for social change”
    Grist - environmental news and commentary, includes blog, columns, news, top topics, etc., "Nine billion people, one planet"; Blog of Andrew C. Revkin.

    Q&A: Bali climate change conference, December 2007

    How do I find out about the December conference in Bali about climate change?

    A good place to start would be the official website of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Bali, Indonesia, from December 3-14, 2007. This includes all sorts of reports, webcasts, and links, including information on the Kyoto Protocol of 1997. See also the pages of the United Nations Environment Programme, which sponsored the conference.

    Other sites open to all include the Environmental News Network, which is a great source for environmental news.(Search under Ecosystems or Climate.) See also Greenpeace under Topics: Global Warming and Energy. The New York Times public site has a lot of information. It also has a blog.

    Grist is another helpful environmental blog.

    We also subscribe to some databases that would be good for this topic, including Global Newsbank (See Special Reports - World Environment - UN Framework Convention on Climate Change). See also America's Newspapers.

    Stanford has many books (browse especially the subject Climatic changes) including Architectures for agreement: addressing global climate change in the post-Kyoto world (Cambridge University Press, 2007) at the Law School Library. Other resources are available at the Biology Library.

    World's Power Plant Emissions Detailed

    Two web sites are giving detailed information on the levels of carbon emissions worldwide. A report released by the Washington-based think tank Center for Global Development, a nonprofit that focuses on how the actions of rich countries affect developing nations, provides a detailed inventory of power plants' greenhouse gas emissions by countries and regions within countries.

    The database shows the United States as the world's biggest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitter and how quickly it will be outpaced by rapidly-industrializing nations.

    While the United States still produces the most carbon dioxide from electricity generation, releasing 2.8 billion tons of CO2each year, China is close to overtaking it, with its 2.7 billion tons. Moreover, China plans to build or expand 199 coal-fired facilities in the next decade, compared with the United States' 83.

    Power plants account for 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and 25 percent of the world's.

    Frank O'Donnell, who heads the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, called the new analysis "pretty shocking." "If we're serious about dealing with global warming, we are going to have to get a handle on coal-burning electric power in this country," he said.

    This data is detailed by the Carbon Monitoring for Action Database on their web site.

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