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Allaby, Michael. Dictionary of the Environment. New York: New York University Press, 1989. Ref. QH 540.4 .A44.

This is a dictionary of environmental terms. Coverage includes definitions of agencies, governmental regulations, policies and environmental disasters.

Ashworth, William. The Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies. New York: Facts on File, 1991. Ref. QH 540.4 .A84.

Provides short entries in the areas of environmental science, law and management. It specifically includes agencies, individuals and legislation.

Crump, Andy. Dictionary of Environment and Development: People, Places, Ideas and Organizations. London: Earthscan Publications Ltd. 1991. Ref. GE 10 .C78.

Includes information on people, organizations, scientific elements, ecological issues, environmental problems and events.

A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations. Compiled by Barbara K. Rodes and Rice Odell. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992. Ref. PN 6084 .N2 .D53.

The quotations are organized in particular subject categories such as conservation, endangered species, natural resources, water pollution, etc. Within each category quotes are arranged chronologically. There is also an author and subject index included.

The Encyclopedia of Animal Ecology. Edited by Peter D. Moore. New York: Facts on File, 1987. Ref. QH 541 .E46.

This encyclopedia looks at the interrelationship between organisms and their natural environment. In examining the principles of ecology, they have been applied to practical situations. The regions of the world, climatic zones and the physical environment of species are also covered.

Environmental Engineering Dictionary. Edited by C.C. Lee. Rockville: Government Institutes, Inc., 1982. Ref. TD 9 .L44.

A dictionary with comprehensive coverage of environmental engineering definitions. Definitions also include origins and references for additional information. Terms are comprised from subject areas such as ground water, air, hazardous waste, pollution, landfills, health, safety, etc.

Gilpin, Alan. Environmental Planning: A Condensed Encyclopedia. Park Ridge: Noyes Publications, 1986. Ref. HC 79 .E5 .G52.

This is an environmental planning dictionary that provides such varied topics as land issues, federal policies, ecological problems, international programs and organizations.

Schultz, Marilyn Spigel and Vivian Loeb Kasen. Encyclopedia of Community Planning and Environmental Management. New York: Facts on File, 1984. Ref. HD 108.6 .S38.

Provides alphabetical entries on various aspects of community planning and environmental management. Addresses issues such as water and air pollution, land control and transportation.

Stevenson, Harold L. and Bruce Wyman. The Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science. New York: Facts on File, 1991. Ref. TD 9 .S74.

A dictionary of environmental science terms that includes definitions from all areas of sciences. Provides subject area coverage on pollution, conservation, ecosystems and waste management.

Resouce Directories

Business and the Environmental: A Resource Guide. Edited by Allison A. Pennell, Patricia E. Choi and Lawrence Molinaro, Jr. Washington D.C. : Island Press, 1992. Ref. HD 69 .P6 .P46.

A resource guide to publications, organizations, case studies and educators concerned with industries, firms and environmental issues. The published materials include texts, journals, trade magazines and reports. Reference are also made to government agencies, clearinghouses and research organizations.

Gale Environmental Sourcebook: A Guide to Organizations, Agencies, and Publications. Edited by Karen Hill and Annette Piccirelli. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1992. Ref. GE 20 .G35.

This is an extensive guide to organizations, programs, publications, products and resources of information which all concern the environment. In addition to names, addresses and telephone numbers, certain entries will include a brief description of an agency’s purpose and function.

Lanier-Graham, Susan D. The Nature Directory: A Guide to Environmental Organizations. New York: Walter & Company, 1991. Ref. TD 169 .L36.

Lists prominent environmental organizations in the United States and abroad. Discusses the organizations’ achievements, ongoing projects and future plans. Also included is a section concerning worldwide environmental problems.

Who is Who In Service to the Earth. Edited by Hans J. Keller. Waynesville: VisionLink Education Foundation, 1991. Ref. GE 1 .W47.

Who is Who in Service to the Earth serves in part as a directory. As a directory, it provides names of people, identifies projects in existence and names of organizations. This source also presents articles addressing solutions, changes and future visions relating to environmental preservation.

Your Resource Guide to Environmental Organizations. Edited by John Seredich. Irving: Smiling Dolphins Press, 1991. Ref. TD 171 .Y68.

This guide contains listings of nongovernmental, federal and state environmental organizations. Entries include purpose of the organization, the program it’s involved with, accomplishments, volunteer opportunities and membership benefits. There are several biographical sketches of environmental leaders included.


Blueprint for the Environment. Edited by T. Alan Comp. Salt Lake City: Howe Brothers, 1989. Ref. HC 110 .E5.

The Blueprint for the Environment is an environmental agenda for federal action in addressing the nation’s problems. This guide contains most of the original Blueprint recommendations for addressing the environmental problems.

Cortbitt, Robert A. Standard Handbook of Environmental Engineering. New York: McGraw Hill, 1990. Ref. TD 145 .S72.

Provides information on the technical aspects of air quality control, water supply, wastewater disposal and solid waste management. Established and emerging environmental engineering technologies are discussed.

The Earth Report: The Essential Guide to Global Ecological Issues. Edited by Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. Los Angeles: Price Stern Sloan, Inc. 1988. Ref. TD 170 .E17.

The first section of this handbook contains six essays concerning to pics such as the destruction of the environment, international food aid, nuclear energy, the Gaia hypothesis, acid rain and water conservation. The second section contains shorter articles which are organized alphabetically. Graphs, tables and charts are included to clarify and support the ecological issues.

Environmental Data Report. Prepared by Gems Monitoring and Assessment Research Centre. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991. Ref. TD 174 .E576.

Provides world-wide information including facts and figures on environmental pollution, climate, natural resources, population settlements, human health, energy, transportation, tourism, wastes,natural disasters and international co-operation.

Kenworthy, Lauren. A citizen’s Guide to Promoting Toxic Waste Reduction. New York: Inform Inc. 1990. Ref. TD 1050 .C57 K46.

A guide for promoting toxic waste reduction. Steps towards service reduction programs are discussed. Details concerning the Toxic Release Inventory and its relation to assessing reduction are included.

Kimball, Debi. Recycling in America: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 1992. Ref. TD 794.5 .K55.

This handbook serves as a guide to the fundamentals of recycling. On a second level, it serves as a resource for finding additional recycling sources. A historical chronology, a directory listing of agencies, organizations and laws and regulations are also included.

The Last Rain Forests: A World Conservation Atlas. Edited by David Attenborough. NewYork: Oxford University Press, 1990. Ref. QH 541.5 .R27 .L38.

Provides maps and information on ecological issues concerning the rain forests. Coverage also includes the different plants, insects, species and humans which reside in the forests. Strategies of conservation are also discussed.

Mason, Robert J. and Mark T. Mattson. Atlas of United States Environmental Issues. New York: Macmillian Publishing Company, 1990. Ref. G 1201 .G3 .M3.

Includes maps, text, tables and figures concerning environmental issues. Topics encompass the physical diversity of the country, toxic and hazardous threats, energy consumption, population, urbanization and natural resources.

Miller, E. William and Ruby M. Miller. Environmental Hazards: Air Pollution. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1989. Ref. HC 110 . A4 .M55.

Contains discussion and analysis of air pollution. Aspects such as geographic sources, human activities effect of air pollution and natural air pollutants are examined. In addition to providing description and background there are chapters covering bibliographical items, listings of private organizations, governing agencies and laws and regulations at the federal, state and local levels.

Miller, E. Willard and Ruby M. Miller. Environmental Hazards: Radioactive Materials and Wastes. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 1990. Ref. TD 196 .R3 .M55.

A guide providing a description of radioactive waste and health organizations concerned with nuclear activities and laws and regulations covering health and safety standards. In addition, there is a bibliography of reference works, articles, government documents, film, filmstrips and video cassettes.

OECD Environmental Data. Paris: Organizations for Economic Co-operation and Development, 1991. Ref. TD 172 .O36.

A compendium of environmental data which includes statistical tables regarding air, water, land and living resources. It includes data of natural resources and their relation to the economic areas of energy, transportation, industry and agriculture.

The Official World Wildlife Fund Guide to Endangered Species of North America. Edited by John R. Mathews. 3 volumes. Washington, D.C.: Beacham Publishing, Inc. 1990-19922. Ref. QL 84.2 .O35.

Provides background on plants and wildlife species protected by the Endangered Species Act. Entries, arranged alphabetically by scientific name, include information consisting of physical descriptions, behavior, habitat, conservation and recovery.

Perry, Bill. A Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to the Middle Atlantic Coast. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1985. Ref. QH 104.5 . A84 .P47.

A reference guide to the natural history of the Middle Atlantic coast. Biotic communities such as barrier beaches, estuaries, salt marshes and seagrass communities are examined in terms of climate, animals and plants. An appendix providing descriptions of endangered species from the middle Atlantic seashore is also included.

World Resources Institute. World Resources. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. Ref. HC 10 .W827.

This source reports the conditions of the world’s natural resources. Oceans, climate, food production, population, energy sources, tropical forests and wildlife are some of the global problems and trends focused on here.

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Compiled by Kelly Lusak, Spring 1994
Revised Summer 1996

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