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Resources for the interdisciplinary study of
Environmentalism and nature

Neil Greenberg
This collection of real or potential connections is assembled as a resource for students, colleagues, and the community of like-minded people is a mix of serendipity and selectivity, and its is ALIVE - with items constantly being added as others are shed.

Sites identified here range from illuminating and intrinsically fascinating through the peculiar. Taken together they help circumnavigate the domains of creative and scholarly concerns for nature and the environment . . .

The UNIVERSITY of TENNESSEE libraries  has devoted SPRING 2005's "CULTURE CORNER" to CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT -- almost 200 titles have been selected to emphasize topics and issues that illustrate the interactions between culture and the environment.  Their list is divided into three main categories with twenty-one sub-categories. Books are listed in call number order within each category, and ALL books are available for check out.

National Environment Education & Training Foundation
The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental education in its many forms. Since it was established, the Foundation has become a leader in the development of new policies, grant-making approaches, and direct programming to advance environmental literacy in America. We link environmental education (EE) to many of society's core goals such as: better health, improved education, environmentally sound and profitable business, and volunteerism in local communities. Each of our programs also focuses on the needs of under-resourced people in American society.

Action: Making differences

Global Warming: Undo It, a project of Environmental Defense, is a national campaign to ramp up the fight against global warming, the most critical environmental issue we face. Get the facts, help undo it, and spread the word.

Economics, Political, and Legal aspects of Environmental Concerns

ECONOMICS -- James R. Kahn recently moved from UT to Washington and Lee; he provides a link to Congressional Research Service Reports which were redistributed as a service of the National Library for the Environment: http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRS/index.cfm?

The ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE (ELI) is ". . . an independent, active, non-profit center conducting policy studies on the environment and sustainability and reaching out with educational programs, publications and technical assistance across the US and abroad." [http://www.eli.org/]

Education, University, College and K-12 Initiatives

K-12 resources. A fine inventory of resources is maintained by the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) at http://www.nbii.gov/education/biodiversity.html. ALSO see the North American Association for Environment Education's [NAAEE] site with a particular good calendar

Excellent list of programs in ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION courtesy of EnviroEducation.com, a service of Education.org.

The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 - 2015) emerged from the draft resolution proposed by Japan (11 December 2002) and adopted at the Second Committee of the ongoing 57th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Division for Sustainable Development ) [All UN links to Sustainable Development]

University of New Hampshire's Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) was established in 1997 to develop University-wide education program that links the principles of sustainability to community life. OSP initiatives integrate sustainability practices into all facets of our land grant mission including teaching, research, operations, campus culture and public service. All initiatives involve collaboration with faculty, staff and students as well as local, regional and international partners. From a transportation demand management policy for the campus and a general education course on global environmental change to a graduate curriculum in Public Health Ecology, an exhibit on solar energy at the UNH Memorial Union Building (MUB) and a research project linking climate, air quality and health in northern New England, OSP collaborates with partners that share the common goal of improving community life. http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/

Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) seeks to "make sustainability a major focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities worldwide. ULSF pursues this mission through advocacy, education, research, assessment, membership support, and international partnerships to advance education for sustainability. // ULSF also serves as the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan committing institutions to sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching and practice. Over 275 university presidents and chancellors in more than 40 countries have signed the Declaration. ULSF promotes the signing and implementation of the Declaration and maintains a membership base that includes both signatories and non-signatories. <http://www.ulsf.org/about.html> (thanks to Don Huisingh)

CENTER for the ENVIRONMENT: Harvard University's model for interdisciplinary environmental engagement

The POPULATION CONNECTION (formerly Zero Population Growth) is the "national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth's resources."


ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERT. Reservoir of technical information for "Professional Environmental Services and Training" -- ". . . help finding, comparing, selecting and contacting providers of high quality training services and materials around the world. Download brochures, review technical and commercial information. . ."

The Biopolitics International Organisation (B.I.O.) is an non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in Athens, in 1985. Over the course of its history, B.I.O. has been promoting a shift from an anthropocentric to a biocentric system of values in society, in order to curb environmental destruction and place appreciation of the environment at the core of every human endeavour. Their feature, BioNews is especially useful (click on Publications>BioNews)

Welcome to the ENVIRONMENTAL CONTENTS ALERT, the free e-mail alerting service, which provides you with a regular overview of the most recently published journal issues, new books, reference works and special issues from the Elsevier environmental publishing program.

SAMEB The Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) Program is a public/private partnership that focuses its attention on the Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve.

SPEAK (Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville). We meet every Monday during the school year in the University Center at 8:00 pm, on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Environemtal-Centered Culture: Literature, Art, Music, Performance, and Architecture


    Terra Nova "Originally a quarterly journal, Terra Nova is now a book series that aims to show how environmental issues are at the center of today's cultural debate. The anthologies include reportage, interviews, essays, poetry, prose, and art, crossing the boarders between disciplines to show how serious discussions occur in many fields of creative inquiry.

ART - graphic, sculpture, Earth-art
    "ECOVENTION" -- "Current Art to Transform Ecologies" The term (ecology + invention) coined in 1999 to describe"an artist-initiated project that employs an inventive strategy to physically transform a local ecology. Ecovention, the exhibition, focuses on realized ecoventions, because artists' proposals, or "visionary fantasies," rarely change public attitudes the way novel experiences do. While Ecovention and its catalog cannot simulate such experiences, participants hope that a greater awareness of these projects will encourage viewers to visit these sites and invite artists to propose ecoventions for their communities. Of course, artists don't produce their projects on their own. They collaborate with community members and local specialists such as architects, botanists, zoologists, ecologists, engineers, landscape architects, and urban planners to realize and evaluate their scientifically complex projects." (thanks to Jennifer Odum)
    ART and ORGANISM links to interdisciplinary sources of insight about the reciprocity of art and biology; artists inspired by nature, natural scientists inspired by art.
    ACOUSTIC ECOLOGY - listening to soundscapes -- the website of the Acoustic Ecology Institute, a nonprofit project of the Art and Science Laboratory in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
    EARTH EAR - have cataloged the many "composers who work from a deep connection with nature's soundings; folk musics, classical, electronic, avant garde, and music beyond all categories." http://www.earthear.com/catalog/music.html

LITERARY - poetry, prose
    WRITING OF PLACE: Literary Nonfiction on Place, Nature, and Environment collated by the American Association of University Presses (thanks to Benita Howell)

FILM - documentary, interpretive, dramatic
    Spirit of Baraka: a web site created to catalog the incredible films highlighting humanity's relationship with nature.
    Rivers and Tides: (2000) Short movie Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer -- highlights work of Andy Goldsworthy
Arborsculpture: Gardening as an art form
    http://www.danladd.com: Understanding the forces and constraints of growth: found art of inosculating trees, the craft of pleaching . . .

National / International Links

Improving The Campus Environment

"Strategic planning is required in order to establish an effective approach for developing an environmental management system (EMS) that includes the critical environmental management elements that fit your organization’s needs." Upcoming distance learning course at the University of Missouri-Rolla: http://campus.umr.edu/ems/ . Additional resources are available at UMR's Institute for Environmental Excellence which "seeks to support the university in its commitment to continual improvement of environmental management, as well as in its commitment to educating future leaders."


Personalities important in the scholarship and advancement of Environmental concerns are identified. For example, earthkeepers are environmental heroes who are outstanding sources of inspiration

Phisolophical, Spiritual and Religious Dimension

Ethics & the Environment "is an interdisciplinary forum for theoretical and practical articles, discussions, reviews, and book reviews in the broad area encompassed by environmental ethics. Topics include conceptual approaches in ethical theory and ecological philosophy, such as deep ecology and ecological feminism as they pertain to such environmental issues as environmental education and management, ecological economies, and ecosystem health." http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/een/

Eating as a Moral Act: Ethics and Power from Agrarianism to Consumerism “The morality of food choices provides a powerful interdisciplinary opportunity for discussion that will reveal the invisible and far-reaching relationships between food and social justice, and the ability of citizens and communities to shape a sustainable food system through their food choices. [What are the connections] "between consumers' freedom of choice, environmental sustainability, and human rights ethics.” – This is the topic of a symposium and lecture series at the University of New Hampshire Durham, NH - April 25 - 27, 2004. http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/fas/eating_moral_act.html (thanks, Don Huisingh)

SPIRITUAL DIMENSION: ENVIRONMENTAL SPIRIT a site identifying resources for the student and scholar of the nature and environment from a spiritual perspective


Contact the Environmental Semester Coordinators


Mary English menglish@utk.edu
Neil Greenberg ngreenbe@utk.edu