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ENVS203: Environmental Ethics, Justice, and World Views (Saylor course)

Saylor Academy course. "In this course we introduce the concept of environmental ethics, a philosophy that extends the ethical concepts we traditionally apply to human behavior to the natural world. We will study the history of environmental ethics, the concept of environmental justice, and explore how our views about the natural world have changed over time."

Orientation to Energy and Sustainability Policy (PennState open course)

Developed for Penn State, this course provides an orientation to "energy industry knowledge, global perspective, analytical skills, communication skills, and sustainability ethics.”

The Promise of Urban Agriculture - National Study of Commercial Farming in Urban Areas

This study investigates the commercial promise of urban-based agriculture and uncover those specific urban farm characteristics that seem to be linked most closely to long-term survivability and growth.

Introduction to Permaculture, Andrew Millison, Oregon State University, 2017

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American Environmental History / Dan Allosso, 2019

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American Environmental History (open textbook)

This text surveys findings of the new field of Environmental History about how the environment of the Americas influenced the actions of people here and how people affected their environments, from prehistory to the present.

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation (open textbook)

As sustainability is a multi-disciplinary area of study, the text is the product of multiple authors drawn from the diverse faculty of the University of Illinois: each chapter is written by a recognized expert in the field.

Energy and Sustainability in Contemporary Culture (PennState open course)

Developed for Penn State. After learning about core energy and sustainability issues, as well as information source evaluation and rhetorical analysis, students ... get the opportunity to explore and critically evaluate selected media from contemporary culture that focus on topics related to energy and sustainability.