Environmental Action Projects

Wow! Look what we found!

Sample Press Releases from the Environmental Defense Fund

Local Contacts:

Some popular search terms you can use are as follows:

conservation, ecology, sustainability, recycling, recycle, “environmental action,” “environmental science,” “environmental policy,” “Paris Treaty,” “endangered species”


Recommended Resources – most provide citations.

Reference Books 

Explore Dewey Decimal #600’s for books on science.  But laws about environmental protection will be in the #360’s and #370’s. Bright orange stickers mark our exceptional reference books.  Sign out reference books for 24 hours only, please.  They are in high demand.


If your topic involves Endangered Species, see this research guide.


  • Gale databases has a database specifically called “Environmental Studies and Policy”
  • Kids InfoBits – easy to use
  • Gale Science in Context –  consider browsing the “topics” section linked from the menu
  • World Book (use “student” or “advanced”)
  • Britannica
  • SIRS Discoverer -use “advanced search” for important options!
  • SIRS Knowledge Source – provides some reference sources.

E-books in MackinVia

Here are just a few of the e-books that you can download onto your device that might help with this project!

  • Poop is power! – Koontz, Robin Michal
  • Climate change : our warming Earth – Hand, Carol
  • How does weather change? – Boothroyd, Jennifer
  • Investigating the carbon cycle – Lindeen, Mary
  • Life in a coral reef – Schuetz, Kari
  • Life in oceans – Coss, Lauren
  • Life science through infographics – Higgins, Nadia
  • Natural disasters through infographics – Higgins, Nadia
  • Natural gas power – Bailey, Diane
  • The nitrogen cycle – Dakers, Diane
  • Nuclear power – Bailey, Diane
  • Ocean : a visual encyclopedia – Woodward, John
  • People and the planet – Sirota, Lyn A.
  • Really rotten truth about composting – Mangor, Jodie
  • Soil – Bowman, Chris
  • Soil – Oxlade, Chris
  • Soils – Hansen, Grace
  • Solar power – Bailey, Diane
  • The surprising world of bacteria with Max Axiom, super scientist – Biskup, Agnieszka
  • Swept away : the story of the 2011 Japanese tsunami – Rissman, Rebecca
  • Trashing the planet : examining our global garbage glut – Kallen, Stuart A.
  • Understanding global warming with Max Axiom, super scientist – Biskup, Agnieszka
  • Understanding photosynthesis with Max Axiom, super scientist – O’Donnell, Liam
  • Weather and climate through infographics – Rowell, Rebecca
  • What is severe weather? – Boothroyd, Jennifer
  • What is soil? – Greek, Joe
  • Why?. The wind blows – Orr, Tamra
  • Why?. There is day and night – Brennan, Linda Crotta
  • Why?. We have earthquakes – Brennan, Linda Crotta
  • Why?. We have hurricanes – Orr, Tamra
  • Why?. We have tornadoes – Brennan, Linda Crotta
  • Wild weather – Perritano, John
  • Wind – Cox Cannons, Helen
  • Wind power – Bailey, Diane


Recommended Internet Sources:

  • Science News for Students – https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/
  • Science Friday –  “Educate” section
  • ScienceNews.org
  • The Environmental Protection Agency = epa.gov Beware that President Trump does not accept that human activity is having an effect on changing the earth’s climate the way that most scientists have supported, so he has ordered that some information be removed from the EPA’s web site.

3 tips to Research Efficiently: 

  1. Use “quotation marks” around your compound word search terms for the database search terms. For example, “global warming” goes in quotation marks.  Other examples: “Water Pollution” and “carbon cycle.”

2. When searching with broad terms in a database, combine your separate search terms with the Boolean Operator “AND” in all caps.   Most databases support Boolean searching in their “advanced search” menu like Gale’s search engine pictured below.

Science in Context

3. Then, with your search results, make use of the menus that will appear to the right side of your search results to select the type of resource you want (“Reference” or “Magazines” a good start.) Using the right side menu for “subjects” can further narrow your investigation.)



Need help?  Ask Maggie!