Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
During this pandemic, the Libraries have moved online. Our Reference Librarians are available Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Click on the icon below for assistance.
Off Campus Access
Access to many of the database links on this guide requires NSCC authentication - users must sign in with their NSCC My Northshore (formerly Pipeline) username & password
Word Cloud produced with Wordle (http://www.wordle.net/)
Definition of Enivronmental Sustainability
"A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels"---
To define environmental sustainability we must first define sustainability.
Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely. To define what environmental sustainability is we turn to the experts.
Herman Daly, one of the early pioneers of ecological sustainability, looked at the problem from a maintenance of natural capital viewpoint. In 1990 he proposed that:
1. For renewable resources, the rate of harvest should not exceed the rate of regeneration (sustainable yield);
2. [For pollution] The rates of waste generation from projects should not exceed the assimilative capacity of the environment (sustainable waste disposal); and
3. For nonrenewable resources the depletion of the nonrenewable resources should require comparable development of renewable substitutes for that resource.
Coordinator of Public Services, Lynn Campus