Earth and Ocean Sciences

37 Environmental Studies

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Environmental Science with Lab: This document maps OER (curated by librarians and vetted for content and alignment by subject matter experts) to specific outcomes/competencies or items for this course (ENV 101, Colorado).
Last update: Feb 16/24


Environmental Technology (CC BY-NC-SA)

Learn about environmental technology in the contexts of HazMat, Safety, and Water Quality. Environmental students have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized federal certificates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and are prepared for positions focusing on environmental issues, laboratory and field tests, and workplace safety.

To Bee or not to Bee (CC BY)

A series of workshops that aims to express the importance of bees to our planet by teaching about pollination, bee diversity, and the adaptions that honey bees have made in their hives to allow them to be efficient in their jobs. There are three detailed lesson plans based on the following topics: pollination, bee diversity, and hexagons in the beehive.


Quantitative Ecology (CC BY-NC)


American Environmental History (CC BY-NC-SA)

This text surveys findings of the new field of Environmental History about how the environment of the Americas influenced the actions of people here and how people affected their environments, from prehistory to the present.

This is a Canadian created resourceChemistry and the Environment: A Chemistry Perspective for discussion of Environmental Issues (CC BY)

This textbook designed to accompany a one-semester course in chemistry-based discussions of important environmental issues such as air pollution, the ozone layer, climate change and water quality. Chemical principles are introduced, followed by environmental ‘focus’ sections to base discussions on the scientific principles and societal intricacies of the individual topics. The book also includes the following ancillary resources:

The Environment in the Age of the Internet (CC BY)

How do we talk about the environment? Does this communication reveal and construct meaning? Is the environment expressed and foregrounded in the new landscape of digital media? An interdisciplinary collection that draws together research and answers from media and communication studies, social sciences, modern history, and folklore studies.

Environmental ScienceBites (CC BY-NC)

This book was written by undergraduate students at The Ohio State University (OSU) who were enrolled in the class Introduction to Environmental Science. The chapters describe some of Earth’s major environmental challenges and discuss ways that humans are using cutting-edge science and engineering to provide sustainable solutions to these problems.

Environmental ScienceBites: Volume 2 (CC BY-NC)

The second volume of the Environmental ScienceBites book was authored by 30 unique undergraduate students enrolled in the course Introduction to Environmental Science at OSU. The book highlights both articles and posters describing critical environmental issues important to the first-time authors.

Forests and Food: Addressing Hunger and Nutrition Across Sustainable Landscapes (CC BY)

This volume provides evidence and insights about the potential of forests to reducing global hunger and malnutrition, exploring the different roles of landscapes, and the governance approaches that are required for the equitable delivery of these benefits.

Future Energy: Opportunities & Challenges (CC BY)

How can we produce enough sustainable energy while avoiding unacceptable environmental consequences? To evaluate the various energy options, we must understand the science of each potential energy source and energy use technology. This book presents the science in an easy-to-understand way to enable readers to make informed decisions about what is possible and practical, and to choose lifestyle options to implement in their personal lives.

Geosciences LibreTexts Library (CC BY-NC-SA)

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on the subject of geosciences.

Introduction to Environmental Sciences and Sustainability (CC BY)

This textbook is a college-level Open Educational Resource (OER) that focuses on the most relevant environmental science issues and addresses ways to incorporate sustainable practices. This resource is targeted at environmental science students.

Monitoring Animal Populations and Their Habitats: A Practitioner’s Guide (CC BY-NC-SA)

Although there are books that deal with sampling design and the quantitative analysis of population data, there are few that provide practical advice covering the entire evolution of a monitoring plan from incorporating stakeholder input to data collection to data management and analysis to reporting. This book strives to present an overview of this process.

This is a Canadian created resourceRegulations and the Environment: The Canadian Environment (CC BY-NC)

Environmental scientists need to know their regulations. This book examines the Canadian context regarding environmental regulation. Canada is heavily influenced by the United States of America (US) and by the United Kingdom (UK). We have inherited a system that is based heavily on the UK experience, so the occasional UK reference is interesting. Hopefully this book provides a roadmap to understanding some of the basics of Canadian environmental regulations.

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