The UCCS Office of Sustainability unites the efforts of faculty, staff and students to support development and lifestyles on campus and in the community that sustain natural resources and protect the environment, ultimately ensuring the ability of future generations to meet their needs too.

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UCCS Office of Sustainability
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
CSB 230
Colorado Springs CO 80918
Telephone: 719.255.3089

The Office of Sustainability is a department of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

Library Resources

El Pomar Center


The Kraemer Family Library at UCCS has a wealth of information about sustainability. In support of campus sustainability goals, the Kraemer Library has added 300 monographs addressing various aspects of sustainability. Many of the library's 25,000 online and print journals permit students and faculty to keep up-to-date with the latest research on sustainability and also on sustainability programs at other institutions of higher education.

Library Journals

Below is a list of select sustainability-related journals that are available in the Kraemer Family Library:

Classic Sustainability Books

Our Sustainability Committee compiled the list below of classic sustainability books. This list is by no means exhaustive, but represents a starting point to learn about the various dimensions of sustainability. All of these books are available in the Kraemer Family Library. If you think there is a classic sustainability text missing from this list, email us!

Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire

Abbey, Edward. Monkey Wrench Gang

Benyus, Janine M. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Blackburn, William R. The Sustainability Handbook

Brown, Lester. Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble

Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring

Chambers, Nicky, Simmons, Craig, Wachernagel, Mathis. Sharing Nature's Interest: Ecological Footprints as an Indicator of Sustainability

Cronon, William, ed. Uncommon Ground

Dailey, Gretchen. The New Economy of Nature

Daly, Herman. Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development

Diamond, Jared. Collapse

Doppelt, Bob. Leading Change Toward Sustainability

Friedman, Thomas. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution

Hawken, Paul. The Ecology of Commerce

Hawken, Paul, Lovins, Amory, Lovins, Hunter. Natural Capitalism

Kunstler, James Howard. The Geography of Nowhere

Kunstler, James Howard. The Long Emergency

Lappe, Frances. Diet for a Small Planet

Leopold, Aldo. Sand County Almanac

McDonough, William. Cradle to Cradle

McKibben, Bill. The End of Nature

Meadows, Donella. Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse Envisioning a Sustainable Future

Meadows, Donella. The Limits to Growth

Nebhan, Gary. Coming Home to Eat

Orr, David. Earth in Mind

Quammen, David. Song of the Dodo

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food

Pollan, Michael. Omnivores Dilemma

Thoreau, David Henry. Walden Pond

Visser, Wayne. The Top 50 Sustainability Books

Wackernagel, Mathis and William Rees. Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth

Waters, Alice. Edible School Yard

Wehrbach, Adam. Strategy for Sustainability

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass

Williams, Terry Tempest. Finding Beauty in a Broken World

Williams, Terry Tempest. Refuge

All of us involved in sustainability at UCCS wish to send a heartfelt thank you to Judith Rice-Jones, who retired after working for 28 years in the library. Even though sustainability was not her job, Judith was one of the sustainability champions on our campus -- without her, we would not have achieved all that we have. Happy Trails Judith!