The degree to which sustainable practices are embraced depend on many conditions, including public awareness, the economy, the level of industrialization, the degree of government support and regulation, and even the age of the entrepreneurs and decision makers in a given region. That said, the green business economy has expanded greatly in the past decade, and continues to do so today.
What is sustainability?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states, "Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment," and is "important to making sure that we have and will continue to have the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment."1
The Financial Times Lexicon, refers to the managing of "profits, people and planet." 2
According to the World Council for Economic Development (WCED), sustainable development "… meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."3
The ideal green business applies these principles to the entire lifecycle of a product or service, from conception to disposal.
This guide presents general resources on envrionmentalism and green business addressing its past, present and future, as well as resources on selected industries: agriculture, building and design, energy and manufacturing. The section on corporate social responsibility includes various sources that rank corporations on sustainability. The last section provides a list of Library of Congress subject headings for further research.
1. U. S. Envrionmental Protection Agency. Sustainability. Accessed on 05/05/2016.
2. Definition of business sustainability. Financial Times Lexicon. Accessed on 05/05/2016.
3. Our Common Future, From One Earth to One World. From A/42/427. Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development. United Nations.Accessed on 05/05/2016.
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Gulnar Nagashybayeva and Mary Jane Cavallo, Editors
Last Updated: 05/05/2016