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Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability Vol. 10/10: The Future of Sustainability

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability Vol. 10/10: The Future of Sustainability


The final volume of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability includes essays from well-known thinkers, a directory of sustainability programs, and a master index.

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The Future of Sustainability, the tenth and final volume of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, brings together essays from a group of renowned scholars and well-known environmentalist thinkers. Crucial topics are considered in terms of the future of humanity and its relationship with the natural world, from the outlook for nuclear energy, cities, energy, agriculture, water, food security, mobility, and migration; the role of higher education; and the concept of collective learning. The volume concludes with a resource guide for teaching materials at several levels, a directory of leading undergraduate- and graduate-level programs in sustainability, and a combined index of the 10-volume set.

Below are links to the ten volumes of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability:

Vols. 1–10: The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Vol. 1: The Spirit of Sustainability

Vol. 2: The Business of Sustainability

Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability

Vol. 4: Natural Resources and Sustainability

Vol. 5: Ecosystem Management and Sustainability

Vol. 6: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability

Vol. 7: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 9: Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 10: The Future of Sustainability

Additional information

General Editor


Ian Spellerberg, Lincoln University, Daniel E. Vasey, Divine Word College









Chinese Title

宝库山 可持续百科全书: 可持续性发展的未来 (第十卷)


  1. Choice

    The introduction to this final volume in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability offers background on the inspiration for the work and the rationale for including various topics. Editors sought expert contributors who could present their research in lay language to make the work widely accessible. They also “tried to avoid suggesting that all problems are equal or…must be solved at once. “The editors acknowledge that opinions differ in debates about sustainability and that controversy is inevitable. Entries in volume 10 focus on topics crucial to the future of humanity and humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Earlier volumes explored sustainability as it relates to spirituality and the environment, business, law and politics, natural resources, ecosystem management, and research methods/indicators. In addition to v. 10, readers should consult the other final volumes of this encyclopedia for perspectives on sustainability in various regions of the world. Appropriately for a major work on this topic, Berkshire Publishing’s printer, Thomson-Shore Inc., is a member of the Green Press Initiative. The encyclopedia is printed on 30 percent postconsumer recycled paper, and each volume includes a brief report of the resources conserved. The editors have made judicious choices about featured topics, given the vast geographic scope. Entries in all the volumes are organized alphabetically in traditional encyclopedia style. Volume 10 has a table of contents, list of entries/contributors, reader’s guide, and useful index. Like earlier volumes, it features cross-references, “further reading” suggestions, and signed entries. This 10-volume set (also available electronically) is a valuable acquisition for libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.

  2. Booklist

    With the publication of Volume 10: The Future of Sustainability, the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability is … complete. This intriguing, interdisciplinary set puts a focus on solutions to global environmental issues and features concise overview essays on an array of sustainability-related topics, compiled into thematic volumes. Volumes are available both individually and as a set. This encyclopedia, with its global perspective and unique focus on solutions and the future, is recommended for academic and large public libraries with collections on the environment.

  3. Reference & Research Book News

    Suitable for early undergraduate or general readers, the publisher’s 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability has been carefully planned to bring together a great deal of information in a package structured for student research. The planners have taken the very broad concept of sustainability and looked for logical ways to divide and sub-divide relevant material for presentation in alphabetically arranged articles.

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