Thinking about sustainability

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Reflection about sustainability is important in a society, whose present and whose future depends on science and technology and which is urged to develop sustainably. This also implies reflection about science – about its characteristics, its theories, its methods, its purposes, its visibility and its benefits. Giving alternatives a chance within research and technology appears to be necessary for a transformation to a sustainable society.

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The following three online books available within TUHH intranet support the reflection about sustainability from a scholarly view. They perhaps enable the conditions for a “transformative literacy” in the sense of Uwe Schneidewind. Exemplarily listed titles of chapters in these books illustrate the statements above:

  • Sustainability science / Bert de Vries. 2012.
    • Sustainability: Concerns, Definitions, Indicators. pp. 117-145
    • Quality of Life: On Values, Knowledge and Worldviews. pp. 146-178
    • On Knowledge and Models. pp. 215-243
       
  • Environmental literacy in science and society : from knowledge to decisions / Roland W. Scholz. 2011.
    • What knowledge about what environment? pp. 3-14
    • From environmental literacy to transdisciplinarity. pp. 15-28
    • Basic epistemological assumptions. pp. 29-42
       
  • Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften

  • Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften / Harald Heinrichs und Gerd Michelsen (Eds.). 2014. In German.
    Chapters in the section “Ethics, philosophy of science and methodology”:
     
    • Ethics for sustainability, pp. 63-85
    • Transdisciplinary research, pp. 87-113
    • Methods and methodology in the sciences for sustainability, pp. 115-144
       

More publications concerning sustainability you find in the TUHH holdings! Also more on ethics, philsophy and hsitory of science plus philosophy of technology!

Sustainability – what is that to me ??

On the occasion of the 1st Sustainability Day at TUHH, the TUHH library contributes to, a few words about the TUHH library striving for sustainability.

Nature in town

Roof greening at TUHH library

As a library, we contribute to various fields of sustainability already:

You, our users behave resource-friendly by borrowing books, since printed books are used repeatedly. We offer downloads and scanning options, additionally we lend USB sticks. This may help to use less paper.

The roof of our building, occupied in 1991, is planted on all three levels. The compact shelving in the stack efficiently saves space when storing printed books. The rotunda brings a lot of brightness inside the building – in some times also a little too much heat. Since the end of 2012 new LED lights along the window front have brought more light to the workplaces at approximately the same power consumption. At the end of the opening times, our Internet computers turn off automatically in the Reading Room. The internal office workplaces use particularly durable printer with the label “Energy Star”. We have already recycled printer cartridges for many years.

And of course we have other goals for the near future : Would you support us in the separation of waste from packaging, paper and residual waste? To realise somewhat more complicated will be a modern management of lighting in the reading area.

Some online handbooks

Since last year the TUHH library has offered some actual handbooks as online versions:

Such handbooks are like compendia concise, yet comprehensive compilations of a body of knowledge. As a treatise on a special subject, today they contain a collection of articles covering the topic comprehensively.

In chemistry, multi-volume systematically arranged collections of monographs have been also called handbook, e.g. the “Gmelin’s handbook on inorganic chemistry“, which you can still find in the upper reading room as printed volumes. This reference work is a rich source for inorganic substance property data.