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Environmental Literacy: Get Started

Chemeketa Commitment to Sustainability

Chemeketa has a three-dimensional approach to sustainability that includes ecologyeconomy, and social justice. We develop systems that apply ecologically sound principles to our curriculum and operations, allocate resources wisely to fund our most important work and provide equitable access to opportunity.

Staff and students are encouraged to use the resources listed in this guide for research and individual enrichment.   The list of resources may help to generate topics or key words for more searches. 

Topic or key word ideas are also listed  in the left column below.  Use the library search option in the middle column to find more materials. Information on how to use the library search is also in the middle column.  The column on the right shows one of the online videos available through the library catalog.  Below that is information on searching for resources in our partner libraries from which materials may also be requested.

Please contact us at with any questions.  Library staff are always ready to help.

Specific topics

There are many possible topics relating to environmental literacy.  Here are some ideas:

Agricultural Biotechnology



Biomass energy

Cap and trade regulations

Carbon cap

Climate change


Endangered species



Food equity

Fossil fuels

Fuel consumption

Genetic engineering

Genetically modified

Global warming


Invasive Species

Locavore Movement

Natural resources



Ozone depletion

Peak Oil


Other thoughts on topic words

Common or scientific names of animals or plants.

Specific geological or geographical locations.

Individuals who are or have been leaders in environmental or scientific fields.

Words found in the other resources in the following pages.

Using Primo Library Search

This short video will show you how to use Library Search to discover books and articles in print and full text online at Chemeketa and many other libraries.


Summit is the system used to request books and other items from 37 other college and university libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. You must be logged into the Primo library search to see Summit links.

Requesting from Summit





Any item in the library search results that says Check availability and request options is a potential Summit Plus physical item request.

  1. Click the Check availability link.
  2. The Request from Summit Plus link will display if there is at least one copy in a Summit library. (Remember, you won't see it if you're not logged in.)
  3. Click the link to start a request.
  4. Summit will automatically check to see if there is a requestable copy
  5. You will have to choose your preferred pickup location (Salem or Yamhill campus, Polk Center, or Woodburn Public Library). When the item arrives at the library, we will email you at your college email to inform you.
  6.  If the item has multiple volumes, specify which one you want.
  7. Click the Request button.

      You can check on your your request in your Library Account

summit request form showing pickup location menu

Renewing in Summit

You can renew your Summit book by signing into your library account in Primo or from the Library Account button on the library home page. Note: If the item has been requested by a user of the library that has lent it, renewal will be blocked.

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