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Sustainability Literacy Research sources. The following questions are intended to get students in a variety of disciplines started on researching energy issues and solutions related to what they are studying.


Climate Change, Weather & Water

Climate change, weather & energy (scientific evidence, hurricanes, tsunamis, Katrina, Fukushima, great conveyor, extreme weather events, tornadoes, droughts, floods, snowfall, glaciers, polar ice caps)



Global Energy Issues

Global energy issues (peak oil, climate change, inequities, depletion, politics, global limits, fossil energy, nuclear energy technology/safety/waste, infrastructure, economic development, market forces/world trade, transition countries)

DVDs and Videos


A road not taken: the story of the Jimmy Carter White House solar installation

Call Number: DVD  TJ809.95 .R634 2011 and booklet

Human Health & Energy

Human health & energy (climate change, infectious disease, respiratory disease, children, hidden costs of coal, incinerators)

Michigan Energy Issues

Michigan energy issues (fracking, natural gas, coal fueled power plants, nuclear power plants, Fermi, wind farms, solar farms, alternative energy incentives, automobile industry, mass transit, railways, cycling, solar manufacturers, battery manufactures, Enbridge, Kalamazoo River)

Technology of Energy

Technology of energy  (solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, hydropower, microhydro power, wave power, tide power, run of the river, biomass, ethanol, biodiesel, geothermal, heat pumps, natural gas, coal, oil, nuclear power, carbon sequestration, automobiles, electric cars, batteries, conservation, efficiency)

Washtenaw County Energy Issues

Washtenaw county energy issues (Ann Arbor climate action plan, Ypsilanti climate action plan, U of M sustainability plan, WCC sustainability and climate action plan, Barton dam, landfill gas, hybrid buses,


Transportation (fuel consumption, fuel costs, hybrid cars, electric cars, biodiesel cars, mass transit, railroads, kites and skysails)