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Environmental Education: Locating More Information

Guide to environmental education resources and curricula for teachers and teachers in training. Includes subject specific resources.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings and Dewey Decimal Numbers

This guide is not a complete list of environmental education resources. Visit your local library for more information. To aid your search, start with the following:

Library of Congress Subject Headings

  • Environmental education
  • Recycling (Waste, etc.)
  • Source reduction (Waste management)
  • Refuse and refuse disposal (used for Garbage)
  • Pollution prevention
  • Water -- Pollution
  • Air -- Pollution
  • Groundwater -- Pollution
  • Ecology


To locate teaching resources for specific grade levels, look for the following subdivisions:

  • Study and teaching (Early childhood)
  • Study and teaching (Elementary)
  • Study and teaching (Middle schools)
  • Study and teaching (Secondary)
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Curricula


To locate general environmental information and more reference sources:

  • Recycling (Waste, etc.)
  • Environmental protection -- Citizen participation
  • Green products
  • Green purchasing
  • Refuse and refuse disposal
  • Sustainable development
  • Pollution prevention
  • Source reduction (Waste management)


Dewey Decimal Numbers

Most public and school libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification System to arrange their collections. Some helpful sections to browse at your local library include:

  • Environmental protection, generally: 363.7
  • Waste control and disposal, generally: 363.728
  • Garbage disposal: 363.7288
  • Recycling: 363.7282
  • Environmental studies (Elementary education): 372.357
  • Environment (Economics): 333.7
  • Ecology: 577