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Puxi Hub Library Guide: Economy & Industry

The Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Library Books

Follow Your Stuff

Get ready to go global! Our cellphones, our clothes, our food: All are everyday things we consider essential, but we seldom think of what and who is involved in making them and getting them into our hands. In Follow Your Stuff, award-winning children's author Kevin Sylvester and business professor Michael Hlinka team up again, this time to tackle the dynamics of the global economy, examining the often-complex journey of ordinary goods from production right to our doorsteps. Using familiar examples, easy-to-follow charts and graphs, and a fun, accessible tone, Hlinka and Sylvester introduce young readers to concepts such as relative value and fair wages and how to think critically about our purchasing decisions. Sylvester's lively illustrations add even more kid-appeal making this sequel to the critically acclaimed Follow Your Money the perfect introduction to socio-economics and an eye-opening essential read for young people.

Sustainable Cities

The series takes complex issues of sustainable living and provides factual text of the concepts. The face the facts in each book are presented in an easy-to-understand format. Purchase these volumes to engage readers about the topic of sustainability at a local, national, and international level.

Analyzing the Food Supply Chain

As humans continue to shape the environment through urbanization and increased industrialization, it will become more difficult to feed everyone, with the U.N. estimating that food production will need to increase by 70 percent if, as projected, the world population is around nine billion in 2050. This book explains how climate change and lack of water affect crops, making it difficult to feed people, especially in impoverished areas. Also discussed are potential solutions on how to grow and distribute food more efficiently and how to help farmers thrive.

Fashionopolis (Young Readers Edition)

A look at fast fashion and its impact on the environment and social justice, perfect for middle grade classrooms Did you ever think about where your jeans come from? How about the people who made your T-shirt, or what happens to the clothes you grow out of when you're done wearing them? The fabrics clothes are made of, the way they are designed and sewn and shipped around the world, and the way we consume them and get rid of them--every step in this process has a big impact on our environment, on the people who work in clothing factories, and on our cultures. This nonfiction book shows us how the clothes we wear--and throw away--every day are made, and what that means for our planet and for people around the world.

Cities in Crisis

Are all cities the same? What would life be like without cities? What can you do to help save our cities? For a global tour of Earth's threatened habitats, explore 'World in Peril.' This series offers a striking panorama of endangered habitats around the world. Stunning, large format photographs show the damage caused to our planet, but also the possible solutions that can lead to a greener future.

Earth-Friendly Waste Management

Explores the causes of current environmental problems, particularly waste management, and discusses new trends, technology, and solutions.

Feeding the World

Examines issues of food production in a world where the population is increasing, including obesity in developed countries and hunger in developing nations

Fair Trade and Global Economy

Although there are benefits to buying and selling goods and services from country to country, many people are concerned that a global economy contributes to unfair wages and working conditions in many parts of the world. This interesting title examines the global economy and technological innovation, the exploitation of workers, and the 2008 economic crisis. Readers will gain an understanding of key concepts, such as fair trade, and find out how each of us can have a positive impact on workers around the world.

Waste Treatment

Hazardous and nonhazardous wastes must be grouped by their physical form, chemical content, degree of hazard to the environment, or source in order to be treated by waste managers. These groupings also allow environmental scientists to learn about the trends in our society's waste and in society itself. Waste types can change dramatically in a period of less than 100 years. For example, waste from electronic products poses a big problem in the world today but this was not considered a serious threat in the early 1900s. The waste treatment industry plays a role in removing, treating, and disposing of human, household, and industrial wastes, either by burning, decomposing, or chemically transforming them so that the Earth's activities can continue. Beginning with a look at the global waste problem, ""Waste Treatment"" defines the different classifications of materials that are treated today in waste management, including one of the most important concepts - waste stream. Waste streams are all the sources of various wastes as they move through the environment toward a final disposal. The control of waste streams is the central theme throughout this new, full-color book. Chapters of this title include: Assessing Global Waste Management; Electronic Products and Metals; Incineration; Vitrification; Solidification and Stabilization; Reduction and Compaction; and, Wastewater Treatment.


Due to their affordability, versatility, and relatively easy production, plastics are used in a variety of products of all different scales, from household goods to computers to airplanes. Advancements in chemical technology following World War I catalyzed innovations in the industry, with mass production beginning in the 1940s. Since the earliest days of production, environmentalists have questioned the sustainability of plastic, and voiced the potential risks of reliance on this synthetic material that has such a slow decomposition rate. Through the New York Times articles and media literacy terms and questions collected here, readers will explore the rise of plastics, the implications of the industry, and the environmental movement that arose in response, posing the question: is a plastic-free future possible?

Building Homes for Tomorrow

Going green has turned from an individual trend to an international project. Countries around the world are developing new ways of reducing waste and reusing limited resources. This book examines how the world is building homes for the future. Case studies, maps, expert views, as well as Take Action and Facts in Focus statistics sidebars provide additional depth and relevance. Pictures and planning strategies will keep students focused and inspired.