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Environmental Science and Sustainability Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder with eBook, InQuizitive, What Would You Do? Activities, Videos, and Animations

  • Daniel J. Sherman
  • David R. Montgomery
  • ISBN-10: 0393422100
  • ISBN-13: 9780393422108
  • 0 Pages | Best Buy Package
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

Make environmental science and sustainability personal Environmental Science and Sustainability helps students discover their role in the environment and the impact of their choices. Authors David Montgomery and Daniel Sherman bring scientific and environmental policy expertise to a modern treatment of environmental science; in addition to teaching climate change, sustainability, and resilience, they reveal how our personal decisions affect our planet and our lives.


  • A modern, relevant approach with sustainability, human impact, and climate change at the forefront MacArthur Fellow and geologist, David Montgomery, and political scientist and specialist in decision making, Daniel Sherman, have teamed up to create a book with modern approach—a balance of science, decision making, and current issues. Concepts of sustainability and resilience provide the foundation of the text. Students learn the science and systems that help them understand climate change. The authors present coverage of relevant issues such as food, agriculture, energy, consumption, and urban development while emphasizing the decisions we face and the difference we can make. Montgomery and Sherman know that students seldom start the course with a clear understanding of the connections between science and policy—or between their decisions and environmental impact. So, they spend time identifying the links and examining opportunities for change.

  • Motivates students to discover their impact and make sustainable choices Students often come to this course with preconceived notions about the environment and their place in it. Montgomery and Sherman use questions to motivate students to think critically and reflect on their own choices and impact on the environment. Throughout each chapter, the authors provide opportunities to think about solving environmental problems in “What Would You Do?” features and form educated opinions in “Using Data” and “Using the News” features. To help students see their impact, they provide realistic suggestions of actions they can take at the end of each chapter.

  • Interactive online assessment improves student understanding and decision making InQuizitive online activities drive student engagement outside of class with gamelike personalized quiz questions on topics students need the most help with most. What Would You Do? activities ask students to take positions and consider their outcomes in a risk-free environment. By assigning both, instructors can ensure students are grasping important concepts and then applying them in a real-world scenario.

  • Just the right amount of science in digestible, modular chapters Shorter, modular chapters make the content accessible for students and flexible for instructors. Chapter openers always start with an easy-to-understand everyday example and then extend it to a broader problem, giving students just enough science to understand the issues in an informed way. Sidebars, mini cases, and two-page spreads are all visual, succinct, and motivating.

Table of Contents

1. Environmental Science and Sustainability: What’s the Big Idea?

2. Ethics, Economics, and Policy: Who or What Do We Value?

3. Matter and Energy: What Are the Building Blocks of Sustainability?

4. Life: What Shapes Biodiversity?

5. Conservation: Why Is It Important to Protect Biodiversity?

6. Human Population: Can We Have Too Many People?

7. Water: How Do We Use It and Affect Its Quality?

8. Air: What Are We Breathing?

9. Land: How Does It Shape Us?

10. Systems and Cycles: Are We Changing Earth’s Life Support System?

11. Climate: How Does Global Climate Change?

12. Food: How Do We Feed Ourselves?

13. Energy: How Do We Power Our Pursuits?

14. Energy Alternatives: How Are Our Energy Decisions Changing?

15. Waste: What Happens to All the Stuff We Use?

16. Urbanization: Why Are Cities Growing?

17. Environmental Health Justice: How Does Our Environment Affect Our Health?

18. Decision Making: Why Do Our Choices Matter?

19. Groups and Organizations: How Do We Work Together for Sustainability?

20. Government: How Can Policy Influence Sustainability?