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Interdisciplinary Studies in the Commons

This guide will provide help with accessing IDS course support in the Commons, including IDS 405 and IDS 410

A field with wind power turbines.

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In the Salem Press Encyclopedia This link opens in a new window, sustainability can be defined as:

A multidimensional and multilevel approach to creating future-oriented ways of living that balance human activity and wildlife processes over long-term time frames. It includes environmental, social, economic, and various other aspects.

For a more detailed encyclopedic entry: Sustainability, Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2023 This link opens in a new window.

In this course you will have the option to select a topic of your choice, but if you are struggling to think of what you might want to write about, the databases have several topic lists with details that may help you in your decision. 

The United Nations also has a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that might help guide your topic selection and research. 

Useful Databases