Internet Reference Library

Environment


General

America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation: Summary Edition.
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12710
This "book provides a comprehensive, serious analysis of US enerby usage and issues by dissecting the technological and economic issues and hurdles the country faces as it moves to a more sustainable, carbon-neutral energy future." (Choice Reviews Online)

Artic Climate Impact Assessment
http://www.acia.uaf.edu/
The goal of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) is to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences. The aim is to provide useful and reliable information to the governments, organizations and peoples of the Arctic on policy options to meet such changes. (ACIA)

Berks County Recycling Center
http://www.co.berks.pa.us/recycling/site/default.asp
The mission of the Berks County  Recycling Center is to direct recycling operations throughout the County in a cost-effective, environmentally safe, reliable and efficient manner. One of their goals is to “Work with municipalities, schools & businesses to help them establish recycling programs”. (BCRC)

Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College
http://www.centerforsustainability.org/
The Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College (C4S) is a non-profit organization providing a web-based clearinghouse of information for consumers, business people, non-profit organizationsstudents, and governmental agencies interested in sustainable practices. Searchable. (C4S)

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment
http://www.sage.wisc.edu/
This research center disseminates information from the "study of pressing global problems stemming from interactions between human activities, natural resources, and the environment." Abstracts describe research papers in global systems, land use, water, agriculture, ecosystems, human health, science, and policy. Also included are computer models and datasets, an Atlas of the Biosphere, and categorized links. (LII)

Chernobyl
http://www.chernobyl.info/
Brought online in 1978, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was considered a model plant throughout the USSR. Eight years later, that same plant experienced an explosion and meltdown that had disastrous consequences for local residents. This terrible incident caused serious damage to the global cause of establishing nuclear power as a viable alternative source of energy. This very thorough and well-designed site serves as an excellent gateway to information about the events surrounding that date, and more importantly, about the long-term effects of the event and the organizations that are intimately concerned with these affairs. The “Facts” section is a good place to start, as it contains an overview of the incidents of 20 years ago, along with information about the consequences for the health of local residents and the environment. Another useful section is in the right-hand corner of the homepage provides news updates about projects, events, and meetings related to the events at Chernobyl. One of the most powerful areas of the site contains first-hand recollections about the events at Chernobyl, and it should not be missed. Seasrchable. (ISP)

Clean Air Cool Planet
http://www.cleanair-coolplanet.org/
Clean Air Cool Planet partners with campuses, communities, and companies throughout the Northeast to help reduce their carbon emissions. They address understanding the impacts of global warming, and showcase practical climate solutions that demonstrate the economic opportunities and environmental benefits associated with early actions on climate change. (CACP)

Climate Change - EPA
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/basicinfo.html
The climate change website posted by the Environmental protection Agency.

Cool Companies
http://www.cool-companies.org/
Coolcompanies.org helps companies design and implement strategies to cut energy use and pollution. Their website describes energy saving techniques used by companies and a How-to-Guide for reducing energy use. Also included is an annotated list of websites with energy saving information for business and consumers.

DOE Green Energy
http://www.osti.gov/greenenergy/
DOE Grren Energy is a portal to information about various forms of green energy, including solar, wind, bioenergy, and others.

Earth Charter Initiative
http://www.earthcharter.org/
The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century. (ECI)

Earth Trends: The Environmental Information Portal
http://earthtrends.wri.org
This Web site from the World Resources Institute is a conglomeration of global data on a broad range of environmental topics that range from biodiversity to governmental institutions. The databases can be searched by subject or region, and can produce data for multiple countries at one time. A large number of specific data queries are provided. The site is easy to use, and is a fast reference source for producing distinct statistics. Search results include data sources for those users looking for further information. Searchable.(ISP)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
http://www.eere.energy.gov/
"A gateway to hundreds of Web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy," including information about buildings, transportation, industry, bioenergy, hydrogen, solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, and geothermal power. Features consumer information, an " energy lab" for children, and information about the various other programs of the U.S. Department of Energy. Searchable. (LII)

Energy Star
http://www.energystar.gov/
Energy Star is "a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency." The site provides information on building remodeling and repairing, a list of products that meet " energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy," and more. Searchable. (LII)

GreenBerks
http://www.greenberks.com/
View the State of the Environment in Berks report developed by the Berks Conservancy.

Global Environmental Outlook
http://www.unep.org/geo/geo4/report/GEO-4_Report_Full_en.pdf
This UN publication provides an overview of the global environmental of the past two decades and an outlook for the future.

Global Biodiversity Outlook
http://www.biodiv.org/gbo/
Convened after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the Convention on Biological Diversity has three primary goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. The main body of the organization's home page is dedicated to disseminating information about upcoming meetings, news, and events, such as the expert meeting on the global strategy for plant conservation and the various constituent groups that make up the Convention. The number of online documents available here is quite prodigious, and is divided into groups that include quarterly reports, global biodiversity outlook reports, and case-study documents. Users may elect to browse through these collections, or choose to use the search engine. On the left-hand side of the site's homepage, visitors can peruse the numerous sections devoted to the convention bodies (along with information about their current status and respective missions), information services provided by the Convention, and a well-developed area on biosafety protocol. Searchable. (ISP)

Greener Choices
http://www.eco-labels.org/greenconsumers/home.cfm
This Consumer Reports website provides information on "green" products, energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling. Users can find local recycling agencies for a variety of products by entering a zip code. Greener Choices also includes an annotated list of websites.

An Inconvenient Truth
http://www.climatecrisis.net/
The companion site to the movie An Inconvenient Truth which documents the changes in the earth's climate.

National Environmental Directory
http://www.environmentaldirectory.net/
This is "a directory of more than 13,000 organizations in the United States concerned with environmental issues and environmental education." You can search the entire U.S. or by region; each entry has a link to the Web site if available. For California the directory formerly known as The Harbinger File is included. (LII)

National Library for the Environment
http://www.ncseonline.org/nle/index.cfm?&CFID=7890700&CFTOKEN=64583295
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) established the National Library for the Environment in order to provide a "single-point entry to environmental information and data." Visitors can peruse Congressional Research Service reports, NCSE announcements, and environmental news culled from the Earth Vision organization. The Research Service reports can be searched by topic (such as biodiversity or climate change), or through a keyword search engine. The site also contains a number of briefing books on such timely topics as agriculture policy, global climate change, and electric utility restructuring. (ISP)

New Dream
http://www.newdream.org/
The Center for a New American Dream is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping individuals and institutions "reduce and shift consumption to enhance our quality of life and protect the environment." The site highlights the Center's successful campaigns including Kids and Commercialism, which explains the ways that advertisers and marketers target children in order get them to pressure their parents into buying a range of products and services. Declare Your Independence from Junk Mail explores the reasons why junk mail hurts the environment, gives an easy online form that allows users to remove themselves from mailing lists, and provides information and facts on junk mail. The site also describes the center's philosophy in detail, explaining how a variety of elements, including commercial culture, community, work, money, and transportation, all fit together to help reduce consumption. Searchable. (ISP)

Redefining Progress
http://www.rprogress.org/
RP "works with a broad array of partners to shift the economy and public policy towards sustainability. RP does this in three ways: RP measures the real state of our economy, our environment, and social justice with tools like the Genuine Progress Indicator and the Ecological Footprint. We design policies ... We promote and create new frameworks." The site includes descriptions of programs and projects, downloadable publications, a glossary, references, and links. Searchable. (LII)

Responsible Shopper
http://www.responsibleshopper.org
"Discover the good, the bad and the ugly behind the products you buy everyday." The database covers hundreds of companies that can be compared within industries; "Investigate Industries" describes issues common to about a dozen industries. Each record provides the parent company, issues criticized and praised for (e.g., ethics, animal testing, charitable giving, diversity, executive compensation), response from the company (if any), and forms to use to contact the company about specific issues. (LII)

Roots and Shoots
http://www.rootsandshoots.org/
"Roots & Shoots® engages and inspires youth through community service and service learning. The Roots & Shoots ® University & College Program links institutions around the US to further Jane Goodall’s mission: empowering individuals to make a difference."

Sustainable Table
http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/
This site introduces users "to the major issues surrounding sustainable meat and factory farming." Topics include additives, animal welfare, genetic engineering, heritage livestock breeds and heirloom crop varieties, hormones, mad cow disease, slaughterhouses and processing, and soil conditions. From the Sustainable Table, "a consumer campaign developed by the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE)." (LII)

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy
http://ejournal.nbii.org/
Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy is a free electronic journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability. The e-Journal fills a gap in the literature by establishing a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion of empirical and social sciences, practices, and policies related to sustainability. (SSPP)

World Directory of Environmental Organizations
http://www.interenvironment.org/wd/index.htm
This descriptive directory has over 350 Web pages with thousands of entries and links.  It has detailed subject and geographic sections, background pages, and numerous cross-references. (WDEO)

 

Green Campus

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
http://www.aashe.org/
This site includes "a sustainability policy bank, a campus sustainability professionals page, interest groups, publications, classroom resources, and useful links for virtually every aspect of campus operations. " (AASHE)

Campus Ecology
http://www.nwf.org/campusecology/
"National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program has been helping transform the nation's college and university campuses into living models of an ecologically sustainable society, and training a new generation of environmental leaders." Links to resources, campus projects and case studies. (CE)

College and University Recycling Council
http://www.nrc-recycle.org/curc.aspx
CURC is a network of campus-based recycling professionals who face similar challenges and opportunities in managing college and university programs.

Cougle's Recycling, Inc.
http://www.couglesrecycling.com/
Environmental impact of materials recycled on the Alvernia University campus.

R 4 Recycling
http://r4.ucdavis.edu/
Winner of the 2005 Best Practices Award. An extensive, informative website regarding recycling at UC Davis.

RecycleMania
http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/
"RecycleMania is a friendly competition among university recycling programs in the United States that provides students with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. Over a 10-week period, schools compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables, the least amount of trash, and have the highest recycling rate." RM)

State of the Campus Environment: A National Report Card on Environmental Performance and Sustainability in Higher Education
http://www.nwf.org/campusEcology/HTML/stateofthecampusreport.cfm
This website provides information about resources, training sessions, internships, and fellowships with the purpose of "promoting positive and practical conservation projects on campus and beyond to protect wildlife by restoring habitat and slowing global warming."

WasteWise
http://www.epa.gov/wastewise/
WasteWise offers assistance to colleges and universities in developing comprehensive solid waste reduction programs.