Links and Resources
Air and Waste Management Association provides links to U.S. government agencies, environmental organizations, and international conference information.
American Lung Association provides links to research and data on indoor and outdoor air quality, as well as information on fellowships and research grants.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) specializes in extensive research on indoor and outdoor air pollution, asthma, and research grants.
National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) maintained by Canada’s environmental protection agency, Environment Canada. It includes links, data and research on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutant emissions.
NASA’s Earth Observing System links to studies on air pollution, including pollution tracked by researchers using data from the Earth Probe Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) satellite operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Atmospheric Pollution and Economic Development (APD), formerly TAPs, which is maintained by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, includes Regional Air-Pollution INformation and Simulation (RAINS) models for analyzing alternative strategies to reduce acidification, eutrophication, and ground-level ozone.
United Nations Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution’s Web site, which is administered by the U.N.’s Environment and Human Settlements Division, includes protocols for the international treaties on pollutants dispersed on air currents, such as ozone, persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen. The site also contains data on air pollution monitoring, emissions, and effects
U.S. EPA’s Aerometric Information Retrieval System (AIRS) is the world’s largest air pollution database containing information about airborne pollution in the United States and various World Health Organization (WHO) member countries. It includes annual summaries of data from two other EPA air pollution databases: NET (National Emission Trend); and NTI (National Toxics Inventory) emission inventory databases.
U.S. EPA’s Clean Air Markets Division has acid rain summary emission reports and data on related environmental issues.
U.S. Geological Survey: Acid Rain Monitoring provides data and reports on acid rain, atmospheric deposition, and precipitation chemistry. The information is associated with searchable maps, and the site also provides links to the National Atmospheric Deposition Program
ECOTOX, a U.S. EPA database, allows users to locate single chemical toxicity for aquatic plants, terrestrial plants, and wildlife. Users can choose report options and tools to focus searches.
Envirofacts Master Chemical Indicator provides a chemical query system to locate information on chemical substances; users can also find data on characteristics of discharges.
National Pollutant Release Inventory, which is maintained by Environment Canada, that country’s environmental protection agency, accesses information on toxic and carcinogenic pollutants, reporting facilities, unreported pollutants, and on-site releases.
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), a nonprofit environmental group, has extensive reports, articles, and links on topics such as POPS, cotton, pesticide use, the World Bank, economic trade and development, persistent toxic chemicals in the U.S. food supply. The site also provides access to the PAN Pesticide Database (www.pesticideinfo.org), which contains pesticide toxicity and regulatory information.
TOXNET, managed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), has extensive information and resources on toxicology and databases on toxic substances. Users can access U.S. EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and IRIS databases.
Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP), part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, offers access to several databases on toxics including TOXNET and ChemID plus, which accesses chemical structure and nomenclature, and Directory of Information Resources Online (DIRLINE), an online directory file with over 10,000 records on resource centers that are willing to respond to queries.
Toxic Release Inventory is U.S. EPA’s pollution release inventory on toxic chemicals used, manufactured, treated, and transported. Users can access extensive information, including guidance documents, international programs, and state fact sheets using searchable databases.
U.S. Geological Survey’s Acute Toxicity Database is searchable by species or chemical, has over 4000 acute toxicity tests with 410 chemicals and 66 species of aquatic animals conducted by Columbia Environmental Research Center in Columbia, MO. Databases may be downloaded.
World Resources Institute, a nonprofit environmental group, has interactive maps, watershed reports, and other data that incorporate toxics and impact of contaminants on the environment; users can access data by searching for topics by regions and broad categories, such as climate or oceans.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the principal research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has information on over 1200 research projects in areas including air quality, bioenergy, food safety, genetic improvements, aquaculture, global change, water quality, and management.
American Society of Agronomy(ASA) supports scientific, educational, and professional activities among agronomists and those in related disciplines and presents news updates, fellowship and award announcements, and executive summaries. The site includes access to the Journal of Environmental Quality.
Biotechnology Knowledge Center, sponsored by Monsanto, lets users select a global region for news items, technical reports, and other documents on agricultural biotechnology, including critiques of environmental groups.
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI), a private nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University and the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council (NABC), has information about biotechnology, biodiversity, and environmental genetics research, as well as postdoc appointments.
Human Genome Sequencing Department of the US Department of Energy, now part of the Joint Genome Institute with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory, uses directed sequencing strategies to decipher genomic sequences. The site contains sequences of fungal, microbial, mouse, sea urchin, and human DNA.
International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, is aimed at managers of public, private, and cooperative commercial organizations, policy makers, academics, and scientists concerned about genetically modified food. The organization’s goal is to ensure that value-added food chains are “economically efficient, nutritional , global, and sustainable.” The site has links to dozens government, industry, and academia academic associations.
Iowa State University Agriculture Plant Sciences Institute includes resources discussing developments in genetics, genomics, plant transformation, and how elements of information science, such as bioinformatics, are affecting the plant sciences.
National Institutes of Health National Human Genome Research Institute contains a wealth of information about the technologies and techniques used to sequence the human genome.
National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) includes a wide range of information on wheat, wheat biotechnology resources, and grain-related research sites in the United States.
National Corn Growers Association provides farmers with information on corn biotechnology such as the approval status of biotech hybrids. It also includes links to regulatory sites.
The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) has a collection of curated databases containing DNA and protein sequences, gene expression, cellular roles, protein families, and taxonomic data for microbes, plants, and humans. The site also provides access to Glimmer (Gene Locator and Interpolated Markov Modeler).
Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center describes environmental technology (ET) careers for high school (HS) students, recommends HS preparation, and links to colleges offering ET degree programs, online journals, and other career sites. An online forum and listserv allows HS students to discuss ET topics.
Amazing Environmental Organization Web Directory search engine links to sites advertising job openings, gives company contact information, and has a résumé-posting service and environmental careers bulletin board.
City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Story—Environmental Careers describes careers and job titles and recommends degrees to pursue for career preparation.
Cyber-Sierra Natural Resources Jobs links to employment listings and gives career information about government, private sector, nonprofit, and international jobs in professional and environmental organizations, forestry, agriculture, natural resource areas, and colleges. Recruiters, reference tools, and Internet searching tips are indicated.
Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Career Services’ summer internships section profiles graduate student interns and describes their projects, work, organizations where employed, and experiences.
EarthNet has an environmental jobs and internships database searchable by job type, geographical location, and key word. Listings focus on entry- and mid-level positions for applicants who are college students or recent graduates.
Ecological Society of America’s online brochures for high school and college students describe jobs and employers, including requisite experience, the job outlook, internship contacts, job searching, and other career facts. The site links to job announcements from ESA’s newsletter and funding opportunities.
EE-Link’s environmental-education links database is primarily geared toward teachers, students, and professionals. Job postings are sortable by deadline and posting date, organization, job title, salary, and geographical region. A search tool finds job opportunities on other servers. Links are provided to job directories and databases.
E-Jobs environmental careers directory links to U.S. and Canadian employment, specific audience information, companies, law firms, laboratories, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, salary information, résumés, and career-planning tools. Employers can post jobs and post advertisements.
EnviroNetwork links to employment listings, résumé posting sites, a job description index, an employer list, and general career Web pages. Employers can post job openings, search posted résumés, and profile their organizations. There is a chat room and discussion board.
The Environmental Career Center links to job openings and postings that are also published in the National Environmental Employment Report. A career calendar of conferences, symposia, career seminars and workshops, and information about the Center’s Green Careers Teleconference are available.
The Environmental Career Opportunities site provides job listings covering conservation, natural resources, policy, legislation, regulation, advocacy, outreach, communications, engineering and scientific services, education, international employment, and internships.
Environmental Professional’s Homepage targets consultants and remediation professionals, links to associations, conference notices and bulletins, federal and state government agencies associated with consulting and remediation, an index of environmental response training program courses, and federal legislation and regulation.
Environmental Protection Agency Career Resource Guide provides fact sheets on environmental careers. These describe responsibilities, job titles, education and requisite experience, salary ranges, and employee’s quotes. The sheets assist EPA employees who speak to students about careers.
EnviroOne career center provides employment listings searchable by keyword, state, and country. There is a résumé and job-wanted posting service and job and résumé e-mail alerts. Other career resources link to information on networking, career counseling, résumé preparation, and job market analysis.
GIS jobs clearinghouse is a database of geographic information system (GIS) job opportunities and résumés organized by posting date. For a fee, employers may post job openings.
GreenBiz.com is searchable by title, level, and location, and provides employment listings for green businesses, other environmental organizations, and agencies. The site posts jobs and résumés, and a career tools section links to career advice, profiles, environmental organizations, and news.
Green Dream Jobs internship and job postings are provided for careers in sustainable organizations. Postings are searchable by job type, skill level, geographic location, and keyword. A green careers column and links to other career and business resources are provided.
National Library for the Environment—Environmental Career Page links to employment listings, career counseling sites, networking information, job market analyses, salary, résumé preparation and posting services, cover and thank you letters, Internet newsgroups, and job databases.
The National Science Teachers Association provides information about becoming a science teacher, including profiles, salary, differences in teaching at different levels, and job preparation and hunting tips. Information is available about the certification process and state education agency contacts.
Saludos.com Career Guide: Nature and Environment, a Web site for Hispanic job seekers, has a section on nature and the environment and describes job responsibilities, working conditions, salaries, job outlooks, education, and position training requirements.
Society of American Foresters’ Career Center links to forestry career information, employment listings, an educational guide to society-accredited and other forestry degree programs, job search tools, market information, and employer resources.
The Society of Toxicology links to toxicology career surveys and a field resource guide. For a fee, you can access the society’s job bank and online placement service. Strategies for successful career development in academia, industry, and government are listed.
Tree Foundation of Kern (California), also in Spanish, includes urban forestry career definitions, descriptions, interview quotes, salaries, and requisite education and experience. The schools section links to forestry colleges and contact information.
Ubiquity Environmental Careers Page describes environmental careers, searching and applying for jobs; links to an e-mail discussion group for students and environmental professionals; and has a student resources page listing other environmental sites.
University of Manitoba Counseling Service profiles environmental professionals who describe their work, a routine day, co-workers, job education and training, advancement opportunities, and challenges; and advise students about their career interests.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS’s) career page describes staff duties, position training requirements, salaries, and benefits. Contact information for regional offices is given.
British Antarctic Survey is frequently updated and includes data on ozone at various stations, background data, related resources, and links to temperature and ozone graphs.
British Atmospheric Data Center, based within the Space Science and Technology Department at the Rutherford Appleton Library, gives users access to numerous searchable atomospheric and stratrospheric data sets.
EPA’s Global Warming site, operated by the U.S. EPA, contains a wealth of elementary information about global warming, such as what the problem is and what we know about. It also contains links to a slew of reports on this topic written by EPA scientists and other international authorities.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), operated by the United Nations, assesses the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change. The site provides access to the IPCC’s influential climate change reports, which are based on reviews of peer-reviewed science, as well as guidelines for conducting national greenhouse gas inventories.
International Center for Antarctic Information and Research, a joint initiative between New Zealand, the United States, and Italy, provides leadership on collection and dissemination of scientific information on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, links to research data, and reports.
NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory, one of 12 labs operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, has the goal of improving the capability to observe, understand, predict, and protect the quality of the atmosphere. The site has data on greenhouse warming and stratospheric ozone depletion in various regions and links to data sets, publications, and ongoing research.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and independent organization, offers a collection of reports analyzing climate change policy, economics, and science. The site also is the home of the Business Environmental Leadership Council, a group of leading companies worldwide that have committed to addressing global climate change.
Stratospheric Ozone and Human Health Project, maintained by Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) in collaboration with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), includes data about ultraviolet light exposure in different U.S. cities calculated by the Ultraviolet Interactive Service (UVIS) using NASA satellite data, as well as a near real-time-UV-dose estimates for most of the populated areas on earth.
U.S. Global Change Research Program, which was created by a U.S. presidential initiative in 1989, has the mission to provide the foundation needed to improve predictions of seasonal-to-interannual variability and longterm climate change. The site contains information about research in each of the program’s focus areas, including composition and chemistry of the atmosphere; biology and biogeochemistry of ecosystems; carbon cycle science; human dimensions of global change; paleoenvironment and paleoclimate; and the global water cycle.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)—The Ozone Secretariat links to UNEP and U.N. organizations, U.N. Convention on Climate Change, scientific and policy sites on ozone depletion, global data reports, and the WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion (1998), which includes input from more than 300 scientific experts.
Woods Hole Research Center addresses global warming and climate change with projects using remote sensing to study the world’s major forested regions, including the tropical rain forest of Brazil and the boreal forests of Siberia.
World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Atmospheric Research and Environment Program (AREP), which is operated by the United Nations, fosters research on the structure and chemical composition of the atmosphere. The site has links to the observatories operated through the organization’s Global Atmosphere Watch.
World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Climate and Atmosphere site contains papers and publications, facts and figures on global warming, including greenhouse gas emissions and climate data sources, international organizations, global statistics, maps, and indicators.
Argonne National Laboratory, operated by the University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), links to 250 research programs, industrial technology development centers, conferences, libraries, scientific facilities, student and faculty opportunities, weekly “what’s new updates”, and research programs on energy and technology.
Asia Alternative Energy Program, established by the World Bank, links to alternative energy projects, technical assistance programs, reports and papers on alternative energy, news updates, partnerships, and related organizations.
CADDET Renewable Energy is an International Energy Agency agreement for the exchange of information on commercial renewable energy and includes links to the Renewable Energy Register, a database of demonstrated renewable energy projects, technical brochures, reviews on various renewable energy topics, and resources and organizations for geothermal, hydro, wind, solar, PV, and biomass energy.
Canadian Sustainable Energy, operated by the Independent Power Producers’ Society of Ontario, has information about technologies, including solar, wind, small hydro, cogeneration, biomass, and district heating and cooling
ETDEWEB is part of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Data Exchange program. The site is an international clearinghouse for energy research and technology information, with a database containing citations published worldwide regarding nuclear, coal, and global climate change information. Policies for users vary by country.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN), the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) resource for information on renewable energy, offers users access to over 600 links and 80,000 documents, a news database, online energy experts, and search links to utilities, building technologies, and alternative technologies such as bioenergy, hydrogen, and solar. The solar link, for example, connects users with the National Center for Photovoltaics and the Alternative Fuels Data Center.
Energy Information Administration accesses comprehensive statistics and data on various forms of energy, searchable by topics such as process, sector, price, forecasts, analysis, and links to related resources.
Environmental Energy Technology Division’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has summaries of research in advanced technologies, building technologies, staff opportunities, and a diverse listing of links, ranging from energy software and market data, to transportation.
European Association of Renewable Energy Research Centers (EUREC), an independent association of 40 research and development groups in Europe, links to recommended literature, job and internship opportunities, publications, periodicals, and European data.
European Commission Directorate General features statistics, publications, and resources related to the European Union’s energy policy.
Global Network of Environment & Technology an environmental technology, news, and business center in partnership with National Energy Technology Center and U.S. DOE’s Office of Science & Technology, links to information on technology, markets, DOE updates, government updates, newsletters, and job information.
Los Alamos National Laboratory links to updates on ongoing research into fuel cells, zero-emissions power, as well as science and technology updates.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers comprehensive data and resources on energy and matter, biofuels, solar, wind, hydropower, and other energy sources, and environmental energy technologies.
Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit research and consulting organization, has focused on energy and resource efficiency since its beginnings in 1982. RMI works with businesses, governments, and communities to create wealth while simultaneously protecting the earth through the more productive use of finite resources. RMI’s website (www.rmi.org) contains many research publications in it’s on-line library, past and current newsletters, links, and insights into other environmental and resource issues, including water, transportation, and climate.
The Atlas Project is part of the European Network of Energy Agencies’(on behalf of Directorate General XVII of the European Commission) Energy Research and Technological Development (RTD) strategy and provides a review of alternative energy technologies.
U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a U.S. DOE research lab, gives users access to research and technology projects, technology transfer, news, events, data and documents, R&D programs, contracting opportunities, and education partnerships.
Energy — Biofuels
American Bioenergy Association accesses facts on bioenergy technologies, legislative updates, and more than 200 links to nonprofit organizations, research institutions, government organizations, and other sources of information and data.
Alternative Fuels Data Center links to searchable data sets, facts and figures, funding opportunities, more than 50 topic areas, including university research programs, biodiesel fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, electric fuels, and funding opportunities.
Bioenergy Information Network has extensive databases on fast-growing trees and grasses, residues for fuel and power, links to related topics and organizations, searchable databases, news updates, publications, FAQs, and links to U.S. DOE’s National Biofuels Program. Frequent updates include proceedings of bioenergy meetings, current research information, and access to publications, news, and images.
U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Biomass Program links to ongoing research in bioethanol technology, biodiesel technology, document databases, news updates, publications, and industrial and research partnerships.
Energy — Wind
American Wind Energy Association provides information about both small-scale and utility-scale wind technologies and projects. The site includes standards and technical information.
British Wind Energy Association links to information on various types of wind energy—offshore and wind energy farms—and has a directory of wind energy companies.
European Wind Energy Association links to data on wind energy use in Europe, publications, news updates, and conferences.
National Climatic Data Center accesses historic and current climate data, wind speed data, research, monitoring, climate events, and allows users to search the National Virtual Data System (NVDS) to access NOAA data from all NOAA centers.
National Wind Technology Center, operated by the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is a clearinghouse of information on emerging wind technologies for both small-scale and utility-scale use and includes data on wind energy in the marketplace, wind turbine research and illustrations, updates on avian issues, and research on U.S. wind potential.
Sandia National Laboratory’s Wind Energy Technology Program links to applied research, turbine research, online abstracts and reports, bibliography, and symposiums.
Energy — Geothermal
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN) of the U.S. DOE links to international and national statistics, data research organizations, and resource links.
European Deep Geothermal Energy Program provides information on the research and development of enhanced geothermal systems, hot dry-rock technologies in Europe, and related activities, maps, and research results.
Energy — Hydrogen
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN) part of the U.S. DOE, links to hydrogen-related projects, technologies, state, federal organizations, universities and publications, and the Hydrogen Information Network (see below).
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter published monthly, has a Web site that includes, free of charge, a searchable database of topics covering international hydrogen and fuel cell issues, as well as news articles on the topic.
Energy — Electricity
Power Scorecard assesses the environmental impact of different types of electricity generation. It was developed with the technical support of the Pace Law School Energy Project to help citizens rate electricity sources by entering state and energy preferences.
Energy — Solar
A Global Overview of Renewable Energy Sources (AGORES), the European Commission’s site on renewable energies accesses research projects, includes publications, calls for proposals, news and updates, and links such as the Global Energy Marketplace. It has more than 2500 renewable energy links and is sponsored by EPA.
American Solar Energy Society provides resources for links to information on the National Solar Energy Conference, the Advances in Solar Energy publication, ASES-published white papers, and other resources.
International Solar Energy Society links to publications and the worldwide information system for renewable energy (WIRE).
National Center for Photovoltaics accesses technical papers, resources information, conferences, and R&D labs, and includes a searchable database.
Solar Radiation Resource Information, maintained by the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), links to a national solar radiation database, NOAA sites, daily statistics, U.S. solar radiation resource maps, solar codes, algorithms, models and calculators, and publications.
Solar Energy Society of Canada, Inc. links to publications, news, links for renewable energy organizations, resources, conferences, and calls for papers.
Green Chemistry Institute accesses information on chemical research, conferences and symposia around the world, with links to journal extracts, recent publications, and new projects such as the new green chemistry centers springing up around the world.
Green Chemistry Journal of the U.K.’s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), allows users access to research activities on chemical aspects of clean technology from the academic, industrial, and public sectors. It also includes; primary research papers, communications and reviews. It has a searchable database and links to other RSC publications.
Green Chemistry Network, launched by the U.K.’s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), is based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York. Users can access a database on green chemistry linked to overseas networks, information on conferences and workshops, calls for proposals, the Green Chemistry Journal, and a database of research and publications.
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences Solvent Database is a searchable database with data on health and safety considerations involved in choosing and using solvents, as well as information about regulations affecting use of different solvents and environmental fate data. The site is coordinated through EPA’s Envirosense Program.
The Joint Service Pollution Prevention (P2) Technical Library offers a searchable database as well as a guide for identifying available pollution prevention (P2) technologies, management practices, and process changes that will reduce the amount of hazardous and solid waste being generated.
The Solvent Alternatives Guide (SAGE) (clean.rti.org) and Coatings Alternatives Guide (CAGE), are sponsored by the Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC. SAGE is an interactive computer program that provides pollution prevention information on solvent and process alternatives for parts cleaning and degreasing. CAGE is an expert system and information database designed to recommend low-emitting alternative coating technologies to coatings users.
University of Oregon Department of Chemistry has a well-organized site with links to the project that garnered ACS’s Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Student Award in Green Chemistry—a green organic lab that is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.
U.S. EPA’s Envirosense Project site has useful information for pollution prevention and solvent substitution programs to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations, solve enforcement cases, and develop research projects. The site links to Solvent Substitution Data Systems (es.epa.gov/ssds/ssds.html) and the Integrated Solvent Substitution Data System (ISSDS) (es.epa.gov/issds).
U.S. EPA’s Green Chemistry Program is an extensive site with links to the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge and the Green Chemistry Expert System (GCES), which allows users to build a green chemical process, design a green chemical, or survey the field of green chemistry. It also links to research grants, resources, data, and international activities including an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) survey on sustainable chemistry.
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Division of Technology, Industry and Economics accesses over 50 case studies from around the world on the manufacture of chemicals and chemical products, many relevant to green chemistry.
The Groundwater Foundation, a nonprofit environmental group, provides information resources designed to increase public understanding of groundwater and related issues and to promote public involvement in groundwater protection. Partial issues of the Foundation’s newsletter, The Aquifer, are available online to non-members.
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA), formerly known as the National Water Well Association, serves groundwater professionals and any other stakeholder involved in making decisions about groundwater resources. NGWA, which publishes Water Well Journal, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, and Ground Water, also links to Ground Water On-Line, a subscription database that covers more than 90,000 groundwater literature citations. Users can also visit the Career Center to browse or post job openings or to register for conferences and courses.
Environment Canada, Canada’s environmental ministry, offers a comprehensive overview of all matters related to groundwater. Fact sheets and diagrams introduce readers to the hydrologic cycle, porosity, aquifers, contamination, and related topics.
U.S. EPA—Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water maintains the Safe Drinking Water Information System, a database of regulatory compliance information on the nation’s 170,000 public waters systems. National contaminant occurrence data and monitoring data for currently unregulated contaminants are also available. Users can place orders for Office of Water publications, including technical reports, regulatory information, and monitoring protocols.
Groundwater Central, maintained by the Groundwater Remediation Technologies Analysis Center (GWRTAC), is a public-access portal to groundwater remediation information from GWRTAC. Groundwater Central’s well-designed user interface offers quick access to case studies, technical reports, bibliographies, conference announcements, and other resources.
USGS—Office of Ground Water links to information on the nation’s groundwater resources and groundwater projects of the USGS. Users can access USGS publications, program information, modeling software, and a numerous databases (including real-time water-level data relayed to USGS offices from locations nationwide).
The U.K. Groundwater Forum is a joint project of the Natural Environmental Research Council, Environment Agency, Foundation for Water Research, and various other U.K organizations. The Forum aims to facilitate communication and coordinate research across the groundwater community, and offers a database of groundwater research in the United Kingdom.
The Groundwater Resources Association of California, a nonprofit group whose members represent a range of groundwater interests, serves as a forum for groundwater information, education, and advocacy. Resources include legislative and regulatory updates, technical papers, full access to the HydroVisions newsletter, and an online discussion forum.
American Forest & Paper Association, an industry group, provides links to news updates, forest science and technology, global forest management, and publications.
American Farmland Trust (AFT), a nonprofit organization dedicated to farmland preservation, has a database of research on farmland protection, conservation practices, and integrated pest management.
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is operated by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an association of public and private members supporting a system of 16 international agricultural centers that operate in more than 100 countries. CIFOR?s goal is to improve the scientific basis for ensuring the balanced management of forests and forest lands, and the site provides links to research projects such as Underlying Causes of Deforestation, Forest Degradation, and Changes in Human Welfare, as well as information about publications, funding opportunities, and symposiums.
European Forest Institute, an independent, nongovernmental organization, allows users to access news updates, grant and funding opportunities, and research on European forests.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contains an extensive database of forestry research, such as FORGEN, the FAO?s global information system on the genetic resources of the world?s forests, and the FAOSTAT forestry trade flow data collection.
Forest Frontiers Initiative sponsored by the World Resources Institute, has links to forest data in seven regions as well as resources on forest management.
International Union of Forestry Research Organizations is a nonprofit, nongovernmental international network of forest scientists. The site features an online reference library, as well as the SilvaTerm database that provides approximate equivalents of the forest terminology used in nine different languages.
United Nations Secretariat of the Convention to Combat Desertification includes information about the treaty, as well as regional data describing the problems faced in different countries and information about desertification experts in those nations.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has an extensive collection of online resources, including tools like the wildland fire assessment system, an atlas that predicts how climate change could affect tree species distribution, and a number of databases of Native American flora and fauna like the Hopkins U.S. System Index (HUSSI), a collection of information about insects and diseases that affect forests or wood products.
Worldwatch Institute, a nonprofit environmental organization, offers links to its annual State of the World reports, as well position papers in a variety of lengths on a wide range of topics, some of which, like Cutting the Costs of Paper: Saving Forests, Water, Energy … and Money deal with forest and land issues.
World Resources Institute (WRI), a nonprofit environmental organization that takes a solutions-oriented approach to global problems, has interactive forest maps, information on carbon sinks, and tropical forests news updates. Forests and land management are just two of the environmental topics for which WRI has extensive resources.
Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) is staffed by University of Iowa scientists in various scientific disciplines associated with global environmental issues. The extensive Resource Center and Web links list could be valuable to those searching for environmental models and animations. The site highlights an opportunity for undergraduate research at the University of Iowa.
Center for Science and the Environment (CSE), based in New Delhi, India, is a nongovernment organization dedicated to sustainable development. Its numerous publications include comprehensive reports on the state of the environment in India. Users can access a searchable database of CSE documents, news updates, and fact sheets on policy issues and research on topics such as climate change, water harvesting, and biodiversity.
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a public policy research institution that retains resident specialists on the world’s major geographical regions and addresses topics such as energy and environmental impact, international finance, and national and international security issues through various initiatives and committees listed under “Programs”. News updates, publications, resources, and research in areas such as reinventing environmental regulation, enterprise for the environment, and the Pacific-Asia environmental summit are accessible.
Environmental Defense, formerly known as the Environmental Defense Fund, is a nonprofit organization that advocates conservation and analyzes international environmental issues “without political bounds.” Users can access updates and assessments of U.S environmental policy on Washington Watch and link to the organization’s award-winning Environmental Scorecard for detailed data and maps of various pollutants, industrial wastes, and toxins in the United States.
Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators is maintained by Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), and other organizations. The site compiles data from a variety of public and private sources to provide users with a searchable database of international treaties, national resource indicators, and information on global issues including climate change, land use/desertification, ozone depletion, air pollution, biodiversity, deforestation, oceans, trade, and population. The database offers several search methods.
Fondazioni Eni Enrico Mattei, based in Italy, is an nongovernment organization composed of nine research units that explore European policy related to global issues. The site provides access to published research on subjects, including climate change modeling and policy, corporate sustainable management, knowledge technology, human capital, sustainability indicators, and natural resources management.
Fridtjof Nansen Institute, based in Norway, is an independent foundation engaged in three umbrella research programs: polar studies, European environmental energy studies, and global resource management. The institution collaborates extensively with organizations in Norway, Russia, and China.
Global Environment Facility (GEF), which is headquartered in Washington, DC, coordinates donations from governmental, nongovernmental organization, and private-sector groups for four environmental focuses: biodiversity loss, climate change, degradation of international waters, and ozone depletion. GEF is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank, and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
International Institute for Industrial Environment Economics, at Lund University in Sweden, conducts policy research aimed at redesigning products and processes that contribute to global environmental issues. The group has initiated projects in Eastern Europe, Africa, and India on environmentally friendly industrial processes. Users can access publications related to research projects on such topics as climate technology indicators, sustainable tourism, climate studies, and education projects.
Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization with an international focus. The site provides access to research on topics such as economic globalization and the environment, environment and security, global change, community strategies for sustainability and justice, and water and sustainability.
South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) analyzes the economic impact of environmental problems in South Asian countries and applies economic tools to identify solutions and develop policy reforms. Users can access limited information on applying for research grants and environmental news in individual countries.
United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) helps formulate policy and strategies for environmental development and sustainable growth through the exchange of information and research. The organization’s State of the Global Environment report is available on this site, as well as an extensive database listing financial assistance and training opportunities for environmental scientists worldwide, environmental legal instruments, and “milestone” UNEP endeavors.
World Bank Environmental Economics and Indicators Unit strives to demonstrate that a nation’s economy and its environment are inextricably linked. The site provides information on environmental policy, including indicators for sustainable development and environmental indicators. It also includes a complete list of World Bank units.
World Resources Institute is a nonprofit organization that conducts policy research on a wide range of global environmental problems. The site’s “EarthTrends” section features a searchable database, including over half a century of worldwide environmental data, and it includes maps, tables, and country profiles organized by issue.
U.S. EPA—Cleanup has information on contaminated site cleanup projects across the United States managed by the U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. An interactive map allows users to locate cleanups in their area, while other pages offer background information on cleanup science and technology. Researchers can access a number of databases for site treatment and characterization technologies.
U.S. EPA—Hazardous Waste Cleanup Information (CLU-IN) provides information on “innovative treatment and site characterization technologies while acting as a forum for all waste remediation stakeholders.” In addition to a sizeable set of remediation databases, the site hosts live Internet seminars and links to Technology News and Trends—a newsletter for environmental professionals that addresses soil, sediment, and groundwater remediation.
U.S. EPA—Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) aims to provide all risk stakeholders with “a consistent framework to evaluate and communicate the risks posed by hazardous waste sites.” Resources range from risk calculators for professionals to basic information on risk assessment for a general audience.
Utrecht University Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) (www.iras.uu.nl) provides information on its interdisciplinary risk assessment research and graduate programs in toxicology and environmental and occupational health. The Institute also offers a computer-based statistical program for assessing occupational exposures to contaminants (fee).
The National Library for the Environment is maintained by the National Council for Science and the Environment, which works to “improve the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking.” Documents dealing with risk and reform may be found among the Congressional Research Service Reports.
The Society for Risk Analysis serves as an open forum for anyone interested in risk analysis. Members have online access to the Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Risk Analysis, which integrates research from a broad range of disciplines. The site also offers a risk analysis listserv, links to risk-related resources, calls for proposals, and other resources.
Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to protecting public health through risk communication, research, and public outreach. The site links to toxicology tools and data, including the International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER) database—the only database to offer human health risk values from organizations worldwide in an easy-to-compare table format.
Eco-Portal, an environmental Web portal maintained by Ecological Internet, Inc., combines headlines, links, discussion groups, blogs, and an environmental search engine in one location—a convenient way to stay abreast of the latest environmental developments.
The Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainability supports communication among members of the diverse community of researchers involved in sustainability science and technology. Hosted by Harvard University, the Forum offers papers and presentations on a range of topics, an event calendar with meeting and workshop reports, newsletters and commentary, education and training information, and more.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is a policy research and advocacy organization based in Winnipeg, Canada, offering online access to publications on climate change, trade, knowledge networks, and other sustainable development topics. The website also accesses SD-Cite—the IISD Research Library database that contains more than 17,000 items, including links and Web-based documents. Photocopies of articles may be obtained for a fee.
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) focuses on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific but also works toward creating a new paradigm of production and consumption for the global community. Based in Japan, IGES publishes the peer-reviewed International Review for Environmental Strategies and offers online access to project-specific reports and other publications (available in English and Japanese).
The Natural Step, an international advisory and research organization, works with commercial businesses to “create solutions, models, and tools designed to accelerate global sustainability.” Working papers, event materials, case studies, theses, and peer-reviewed articles are just some of the publications available online from The Natural Step, whose clients include IKEA, Starbucks, and The Home Depot.
The Pacific Institute is “an independent, nonpartisan think-tank studying issues at the intersection of development, environment, and security.” Visitors will find detailed information on Institute research, focused on five main areas: Water and Sustainability, Environment and Security, Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice, Economic Globalization and the Environment, and Global Change. Reports, concept papers, research papers, opinion pieces, and a newsletter are available, as well as a searchable Water and Climate Bibliography containing over 3,000 items.
SDdimensions, the website of the Sustainable Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), contains a library of reports and other materials on FAO-sustainable development programs, including catalogues by program area (Environment, Institutions, Knowledge, and People).
Students Partnership Worldwide (SPW), an international nonprofit development organization based in the United Kingdom, administers programs designed to help young people in rural Africa and Asia “get involved in decisions that shape their future.” SPW’s website offers information about the organization, their programs, and volunteer opportunities.
The Sustainability Institute, founded by the late Donella Meadows, is a “think-do” tank located in Hartland, Vt., providing education and training, consulting, and research tools based on a systems approach to sustainable development challenges. Sustainability Institute papers are available free of charge. The website also provides useful links and information on Institute research and consulting services.
SustainAbility Online is “the longest established international consultancy specializing in business strategy and sustainable development.” SustainAbility, publishers of the bestselling The Green Consumer Guide (1988), offers over 25 publications available online or in print. Visitors will also find program information and lists of magazines, book titles, e-newsletters, links, and other references recommended and used by SustainAbility.
Sustainable Development International (SDI) offers online news, links, and full-text articles from current and past issues of SDI’s Sustainable Development journal, which aims to “educate a global audience by providing information and knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development and environmental issues through cross-media platforms.”
Sustainable Development Online (SDO) is available through EnviroWindows—an information-sharing resource created by the European Environment Agency to help consumers research the environmental records of businesses and to facilitate communication between local authorities, businesses, concerned citizens, and other stakeholders. The SDO website contains a well-organized database of annotated links, with separate directories for green business, events, sustainable development tools, education and training, and leading organizations in the sustainable development field. Users are welcome to submit new links for consideration.
The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North–South is a long-term project of the Swiss National Science Foundation addressing the characteristic suite of problems, or syndromes, associated with globalization and socioeconomic disparity between the North and South. Online resources include detailed project information and an extensive list of NCCR articles and reports.
The U.S. EPA’s sustainability Web pages offer a mountain of links to EPA tools, programs, databases, publications, and other sustainable development resources from green chemistry to environmental indicators to community-based environmental protection and more.
The UK Government’s sustainable development Web pages outline Britain’s sustainable development policies and program implementation. The site includes a May 1999 strategy report, subsequent progress reports, and detailed information on the indicators used in monitoring. Visitors can also access published plans of action developed by the U.K. Government at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
The United Nation’s Division for Sustainable Development, part of the international agency’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, monitors and reports on sustainable development policy implementation at the local, regional, and national levels. The Division also provides sustainable development expertise within the UN system, as well as to online visitors via a sizable library of downloadable conference agreements, press releases, reports on intergovernmental meetings, and other publications.
Asia and Pacific Center of Transfer of Technology of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific offers databases, publications, links, research and news updates, and information on organizations such as the Center for the International Transfer of Technology, and related U.N. and technology organizations.
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) offers advanced education in engineering, science, planning, and management. Users can access updates on the institute, research publications, and project information.
Cornell Center for the Environment is a shared program of several Cornell colleges, including Agriculture and Life Sciences; Architecture, Art and Planning; Arts and Sciences; Engineering; Human Ecology; and Veterinary Medicine; the Division of Biological Sciences; the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research; the Agricultural Experiment Stations; and the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Industrial and Labor Relations Extension systems. Users can access several research institutes on topics such as resource information systems, watershed, risk analysis, and waste management. There are also project updates on topics such as U.S. DOE partnership, watershed research, and links to science & technology organizations and academic studies programs around the world.
Environmental Technology Verification Program (ETV) is a new U.S. EPA program to verify the performance of innovative technical solutions to problems that threaten human health or the environment—and to accelerate the entrance of new environmental technologies into the domestic and international marketplace. Users can access information on ETV projects and pilots.
Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) accesses updates on new technologies, lab research in the news, awards, and GETF Network, a collection of frequently visited environmental, energy and technology communities, as well as information on the environment and sustainable development and links to partnering organizations.
Global Network of Environment and Technology (GNET) promotes the use of innovative environmental technologies and is sponsored by a cooperative agreement from the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and Technology. Users can access searchable links on projects; partners working in various countries; topics such as market, technology, DOE, and government centers; and TechKnow, a U.S. database of remediation and sustainable technologies.
International Environmental Technology Center accesses information on sustainable development technologies, urban and freshwater issues, news updates, databases, such as TechKnow (USA) and EnviroNet (Australia), and links to related resources, publications, and organizations.
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) located in Austria, conducts interdisciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues and is sponsored by national organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. IIASA researchers generate methods and tools useful to both decision makers and the scientific community. Users can browse resources in energy and technology, populations, natural resources, research and education, as well as news updates, conferences, and job openings.
Joint Service Pollution Prevention Technical Library, maintained by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Services Center, accesses information on pollution prevention technologies and processes that it compiles from several government agencies. The organization also provides links to environmentally preferred products and the Joint Group on Pollution Prevention, which was established to overcome duplication of efforts in changing military specifications/standards to achieve pollution prevention goals.
National Environmental Technology Institute (NETI) at the University of Massachusetts works collaboratively on pollution prevention research with university researchers and industry partners. Users can access information on current research projects, updates such as the report Industries of the Future: A Look at the Northeast, and links to industry partners, related resources and publications.
Pure Energy Systems: Featuring, promoting and fostering energy technologies that are on the cutting-edge, clean, super-efficient, non-depleting, reliable and affordable; which have not yet been introduced to the mainstream, facilitating their emergence as legitimate modalities.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)—Division of Technology Industry & Economics (DTIE) accesses extensive information on program activities in several environmental topic areas, as well as projects in the DTIE’s International Environmental Technology Center, Chemicals Unit, Economics and Trade, Production and Consumption.
U.S. EPA—Treatment Technologies accesses extensive information on environmental technologies including pollution control, clean air, remediation, soil, and alternative technologies.
U.S. EPA Water is a comprehensive gateway to all water-related EPA offices, programs, and online resources. Browse by subtopic (aquatic ecosystems, storm water, water quality monitoring, etc.) to find fact sheets, reports, technical documents, news, links, program information, and educational materials.
U.S. EPA Office of Wastewater Management (OWM) supplies detailed information on OWM activities and policies, which focus primarily on the regulation of wastewater discharges from point sources into surface waters. In addition to FAQs, wastewater publications, and links to information on water infrastructure security, the website has a Featured Information page—a good starting point for browsing.
U.S. Geological Survey: Water Resources (USGS) accesses water resources data from the National Water Information System, with surface water and groundwater measurements from approximately 1.5 million sites across the United States and in Puerto Rico. The USGS also offers a substantial collection of reports, fact sheets, geographic information system (GIS) datasets, applications software, glossaries, and much more.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a nonprofit technical and educational organization serving the water-quality community. The website includes water-quality news and in-depth features, numerous discussion groups, and access to WEF papers and articles (for a fee). Users will also find information on the Water Environment Research Foundation, which manages water-quality research for municipal agencies across the United States.
The United Nations University International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is based at McMaster University in Canada and is funded largely by the Canadian government. UNU-INWEH focuses on improving water-management practices in developing countries. The site provides program information, reports, and various map-based data sets and information directories.
UNICEF Water, Environment and Sanitation webpages describe UNICEF’s worldwide water and sanitation programs and provide related fact sheets, links, and brief news items. Users can also download UNICEF’s flagship report The State of the World’s Children, which includes water and sanitation statistics.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is a nonprofit research and education organization, claims a membership of more than 50,000 from all sectors of the drinking-water community. Online resources include news, a job bank, and detailed information on each of AWWA’s core program areas (advocacy, communications, conferences, education and training, science, and technology, etc.). The site also links to the AWWA Research Foundation, which supports research designed to increase public access to safe and affordable water.
The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) works with the federal government on regulatory, legislative, and security aspects of municipal drinking-water systems. AMWA’s “e-briefs” offer the latest news in water infrastructure, treatment, conservation, and other issues. AMWA members can access additional bulletins and policy reports. The website also contains a full-text version of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act, with a side-by-side analysis of major issues.
NSF International, a nonprofit public-health organization (formerly known as the National Sanitation Foundation), has information for businesses and consumers on NSF environmental standards, product testing, and certification programs. For example, clicking on “bottled water” in the consumer section brings up information on bottled water types and treatment, an online product database, FAQs, and more.
The National Rural Water Association is an alliance of state rural water associations that provides programs and on-site help for water and wastewater utility operators. The site has a frequently updated archive of regional, national, and world news, plus a job bank, links, membership information, and free access to Rural Water Magazine—“the only national publication targeted at the operators and board members of rural and small municipal water and wastewater utilities.”
The Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) represents more than 300 public agencies and organizations committed to environmentally sound wastewater treatment and reclamation practices. The AMSA website offers news, information on AMSA advocacy work, links, job listings, meeting announcements, and access to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) e-Library—a collection of federal, regional, and state publications referenced in Creating Successful TMDLs…An AMSA Handbook (2004).
The Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, has a well-designed website for news and in-depth information on drinking water, oceans, water pollution, restoration, and conservation.
The U.K.’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) provides detailed information on water issues, including water quality, flood management, conservation, and marine resources. Each section contains summary program information with links to additional resources such as reports, news, and policy manuals.
The Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization, reviews its advocacy and education programs and provides reference information on a range of ocean-related topics. The site also links to Surfrider Foundation publications, including its annual State of the Beach report.
U.S. EPA—Superfund links to databases and software products related to the U.S. Superfund, otherwise known as the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), which is administered by EPA in cooperation with individual states and tribal governments. The superfund is used to fund cleanups of the 11,312 that still require cleanup as of 2003. This includes the 1240 hazardous waste sites on the U.S. National Priorities List, as of 2003, that have been determined (by a hazard-ranking score) to pose a serious threat to human health and/or the environment. This EPA site includes information on contracts and training opportunities, a hazardous waste mapping feature, and related resources. EPA employees can access additional information, such as the Record of Decision System (RODS).
U.S. Department of Energy—Office of Environmental Management (EM) oversees cleanup and waste management at and around former nuclear weapon production sites. The website offers detailed information on EM activities and provides access to three databases: the Considered Sites Database (created to increase public understanding of nuclear energy technology development and residual contamination); the Cleanup Criteria Reporting System; and the Central Internet Database, which integrates cleanup and waste management data from several DOE sources.
U.S. Department of Energy—Office of Biological and Remediation Research’s Environmental Remediation Sciences Division (ERSD) accesses information on ERSD-sponsored research in environmental remediation technologies. Users will find, in addition to research abstracts, remediation primers and guides, and announcements of funding opportunities, detailed information on ERSD facilities available for research. The Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, for example, provides remote access to its high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers and high-performance computer.
U.S. Department of Defense—Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) , a corporate DoD program in partnership with the DOE and EPA, supports the development of technologies designed to mitigate the environmental impact of DoD missions. Users can access an extensive set of reports and fact sheets on cleanup projects, as well as detailed information on SERDP funding processes. The online library links to data from the DoD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) (www.estcp.org), which demonstrates and validates innovative, cost-effective environmental technologies at DoD cleanup sites.
The Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) supports information-sharing among professionals involved in soil protection and cleanup. Key features include AEHS’s 2003 Survey of States’ Soil and Groundwater Cleanup Standard (begun in 1990) and information on the AEHS family of journals, including Soil Sediment Contamination: An International Journal and The International Journal of Phytoremediation.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation—Division of Environmental Remediation (DER) offers numerous publications, DER project information, and access to the Division’s Search the Spill Incident Database and the Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites Database.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment—Bureau of Environmental Remediation outlines Bureau programs established to investigate pollution occurrences, regulate tank storage and surface mining, and oversee remediation of contaminated sites.
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection—Office of Environmental Remediation provides information on its program supporting voluntary cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites in the state.