Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

Living Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers

Earth System Environmental Literacy

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_895-3


Ecosystem services

benefits provided by natural systems that do not necessarily require significant financial maintenance including fresh water, clean air, pollinators, soil aeration, biodiversity, and many others. In accounting, balance sheets often overlook these free services provided by Mother Nature.

Finite resources

in sustainability education, this involves those natural resources on planet Earth that require careful allocation into the future, such as fresh water, oil, and many others.


acronym for a long-term environmental monitoring program funded by Congress and mandated to include both research and education components, entitled “National Ecological Observatory Network.”


the art, science, or profession of teaching and, subsequently, the process of implementing assessments or outcomes as part of educational research in order to improve teaching.


acronym describing the major science subjects for education advancement, which include “science,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Biodiversity Science and SustainabilityCalifornia Academy of SciencesSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.TREE FoundationSarasotaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mervin Fingas
    • 1
  1. 1.Spill ScienceEdmontonCanada