Quotation by William D. Ruckelshaus, first Environmental Protection Agency Chief Administrator

"Using one discipline to address the environment isn't going to work.  You have to use them all."  ---William D. Ruckelshaus, first Environmental Protection Agency chief Administrator, 1970-1973, also 1983-85, speaking to "Living on Earth," broadcast through Public Radio International

Reviews of the Book

"Until the publication . . . of Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, those searching for an overview of the field had few texts to which they might turn .... "

-Rochelle Johnson in Thoreau Society Bulletin for Fall 2008

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Remarks by the Publisher:

"A comprehensive guide to environmental literacy."


Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

Events and Announcements

- Video from James Engell‚Äôs March 2012 lecture on ‚ÄúHenry David Thoreau and Health in Nature‚ÄĚ at the Boise State University Arts and Humanities Institute is available online.

- Brent Ranalli contributed a chapter to Controversies in Globalization, 2nd edition (CQ Press, 2013), addressing the question: "Can International Regimes Be Effective Means to Restrain Carbon Emissions?"

- Jim Engell directed an interdisciplinary seminar, 'Use Them All: Environmental Study and the Humanities,' at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina in June 2012. College professors from business, political science, philosophy, literature, religion, and history attended the three-week intensive seminar, which produced case studies and proposals to strengthen environmental programs at participants' institutions. Visitors included Professor James McCarthy of Harvard, Chair of the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a lead author of one of the IPCC Reports, and Glenn Adelson, Chair of the Lake Forest College Environmental Studies Program. 'Use them all'--meaning all disciplines--is the recent advice of William D. Ruckelshaus, first head of the EPA, for addressing environmental issues.

- Kevin Van Anglen has been awarded the 2012 Walter Harding Distinguished Service Award by the Thoreau Society for his work on the society's Board of Directors.

Video Focus

Web Connections for Chapter 5: PDF Print E-mail

Supplemental web reading for Chapter 5, The Paradox of Sustainable Development

  • http://sdgateway.net¬†Integrates online information developed by members of¬†the Sustainable Development Communications Network.¬†

  • http://www.ulb.ac.be/ceese/meta/sustvl.html¬†While visually unexciting, this is¬†perhaps the best site for links to hundreds of other sites grouped by topics and¬†categories; this site could be a starting place for Web-based research on this¬†topic.¬†

  • http://www.maweb.org¬†The home of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment,¬†which monitors the health of ecosystems worldwide, and evaluates their ability to sustain services to regional populations.¬†