Sustainability Policy Studies: U.S. Government Information

This guide provides resources for your research in sustainability policy studies

Researching with Government Documents

For more see the Government Information portal at Columbia.

Some useful places to begin:

  • Congressional Publications: Access to hearings, committee prints, CRS reports, legislative histories, the Congressional Record, federal regulations, and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. Many documents are in full text and cover the years 1789 to the present; others are citations that are available in full text in print or microform in the library.
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) : Known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

  • US Trade Representatives Office Topics: USTR is an agency with decades of specialized experience in trade issues and regions of the world. It negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations.

Climate Change


Environmental Topics


Department of Energy:
The Department of Energy has four distinct missions: Energy, Defense, Cleanup and Waste Management, and Science, Technology and the National Labs.