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The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) is an industry working group inspired by cradle to cradle principles and dedicated to transforming packaging into a system that encourages economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is a project of GreenBlue, a not-for-profit, 501(C)(3) tax exempt organization. The SPC web site defines sustainable packaging, provides information on becoming a member of the coalition, and details current projects, including: the development of the Packaging Design Tool; a sustainable packaging curriculum; the sustainable metrics project; creating an online packaging design library; and environmental technical briefs. Completed projects include case studies available for download and sustainable packaging design guidelines. The web site also includes information on relevant events and news.
Developed and maintained by the Sustainable Communities Network (SCN), this web site provides information on smart growth principles and issues; the Smart Growth Network and partner publications; relevant news and events; and a smart growth resource library organized by issue, principle, resource type, and state. The Resources section of the site also includes information on land development regulations and a form to suggest an online resource for inclusion on the site.
The Electrotechnology Applications Center (ETAC) provides confidential assistance to businesses and manufacturers to help them increase productivity, improve energy efficiency, and achieve and maintain environmental compliance. ETAC helps businesses gain a competitive advantage by applying alternative technologies to improve heating, drying, coating and curing processes. With support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), ETAC helps businesses investigate new equipment, materials and processes before making large investments or production changes. Be sure to check out the "Technologies" section of their web site for explanations of environmentally-friendly energy technologies, the "Case Studies" sorted by technology or type of improvement, the "Ask the Expert" section which is similar to the GLRPPR Help Desk, and information provided on available energy efficiency training.
The U.S. EPA has launched a Web-based Tribal Compliance Assistance Center that provides comprehensive compliance assistance and pollution prevention information for regulated activities in Indian country. The center can help tribal environmental professionals and facility owners comply with environmental regulations and get information on topics including waste management, air and water resources, drinking water, and public safety. Viewers can report a complaint to EPA, find out the compliance status of facilities in Indian country, learn how to apply for federal grants, and locate specific personnel at EPA and other federal agencies. Tribal environmental professionals and facility operators can access comprehensive material on environmental stewardship and regulations that may apply to tribal government operations. The center also provides material on building and funding tribal environmental programs and contact information on federal, tribal and other organizations.
Produced by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, this monthly newsletter provides simple tips for leading healthier, more sustainable lives. The current and past editions are available online; you may also subscribe to the newsletter by e-mail. There are typically two or three themed collections of resources presented, along with a section called "Days of our green lives: Community events and resources" in each edition. Though the newsletter is geared toward consumers/private citizens, schools and businesses may also find some of the resources presented enlightening.
Launched on October 16 by the U.S. Green Building Council, this site is filled with profiles of schools that have already gone green, examples of policies governments and school districts have instituted to ensure future schools are green, and a social networking site for visitors to share their experiences, best practices, and creative ideas. The "Resources" section includes videos and slideshows, project profiles, publications, links to research related to green school buildings and their benefits, and links to related green building web sites. A special section outlines LEED for schools and related resources, including a link to a free LEED for Schools 101 online course.
The goal of the Choose Renewables web site is to offer a one-stop destination that helps consumers understand their energy impact and take action to improve it. The free MyEnergy Analyst (TM) allows consumers to get a clear picture of their personal energy impact; they can then implement a simple plan to reduce it with a MyEnergy Makeover (TM). The MyWatts Renewables Estimator (TM) allows users to simply enter their address and receive a free evaluation of potential solar and wind options they may be eligible to install at their home or business. The site also includes an online store for the purchase of energy conservation and alternative energy products, as well as renewable energy credits to offset energy use.
October is Energy Awareness Month.
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, with funding from the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, has developed this toolkit to assist communities that are considering a take-back or other disposal program for unwanted pharmaceuticals. The toolkit includes an introduction to the environmental issues associated with unwanted medicine disposal, a collection of case studies documenting successful programs initiated by communities in the United States and also in Canada, Europe, and Australia to address unwanted medicines, and sample outreach materials that communities can use to educate the public about the issue. A summary of state legislation to address pharmaceutical take-back and return programs; a bibliography of literature on pharmaceuticals, human health and the environment; and information for nursing home and assisted living facilities are also included.
In collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Suppliers Network, EPA-Region 5 and several additional stakeholders, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality web site is now hosting the Great Lakes Sustainable Suppliers Environmental Network (GLSSEN), a pollution prevention partnership to enhance and support continuous improvement in cost recovery and environmental performance along the supply chains of manufacturers located in Michigan and the Great Lakes Basin. GLSSEN is intended to provide suppliers of any size the opportunity to meet the expectations of their customers, while remaining competitive and economically viable. GLSSEN is designed to offer technical assistance to suppliers in the following areas:
This web site is a project of the Energy Center of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center with support from the National Association of State Energy Offices and the U.S. Department of Energy. MBTAC provides the Midwest States and their commercial building partners with the information, education, and technical assistance necessary to continue and expand, in a coordinated manner, the deployment of DOE Building Technology Program energy efficient technologies and practices. The "Market Sectors" section is similar to the GLRPPR Sector Resources. For each sector, an online library of resources (case studies, fact sheets, reports, articles, presentations, software tools, etc.), a listing of relevant events, and a list of relevant partnership efforts are provided. The "E-Line" is an online form for the submission of requests for technical assistance, information or other MBTAC offerings. A note on the site indicates that as questions are submitted to the E-line, the questions and answers will be cataloged and categorized for browsing as part of the sector-based libraries (similar to the way archived GLRPPR Help Desk questions and answers are integrated into our Sector Resources). Sectors covered on the MBTAC site include: colleges & universities; K-12 schools; government buildings; commercial office buildings; health care; retail stores; hotels and motels; and multifamily residential buildings. Note that MBTAC is currently offering a series of webinars focusing on the college & university sector.
A service of EcoCity Cleveland, this web site provides an online community workspace where people and organizations advancing sustainability in Northeast Ohio can share success stories and information and develop strategies to accelerate progress. The site functions much like a blog in that readers can register and log in to post comments to any of the existing posts; it functions a little bit like a wiki or a Google or Yahoo Group in that when you're logged in you can also add events to the sites calendar, upload images or access user profiles. Posts on the site are divided into categories called "Practice Areas" which represent the sustainability issues the group focuses on. These include: Arts & Culture; Building; Economy; Education; Energy; Food; Health; Land; Spirit; Transportation; and Water. A section called "Burning Questions" provides a discussion forum format for topics. The site also includes descriptions of planning and development projects that are shaping the Northeast Ohio region.
WaterSense is a voluntary public-private partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. The program's web site includes basic water conservation information; information on the WaterSense product label and how to become a WaterSense partner; links to state specific water efficiency programs; water saving tips for consumers, businesses, utilities, and communities; relevant news; related links; and program publications, which include program fact sheets as well as documents related to general water efficiency, water use and supply, plumbing fixtures, irrigation and technical documents. The material offered on the web site is also available in Spanish.
It is always a challenge for busy health care providers to find companies that provide the products and services needed to improve environmental management and performance at health care facilities. The H2E Products and Services Directory provides a list of businesses that supply products and services consistent with H2E's mission and the broad environmental goals of mercury elimination, waste reduction and toxics minimization. Businesses that confirm that their products, services and operations are consistent with H2E's Directory Green Guidelines are eligible for listing in the Directory. Products are listed by categories, and services are broken into two types of category lists: consulting services and waste management services.
This portion of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) web site defines product stewardship and outlines its principles. Product stewardship means that all parties involved in designing, manufacturing, selling and using a product take responsibility for environmental impacts at every stage of that product's life. The site also provides information on Minnesota's product stewardship policy and initiatives (focusing on electronics, automobiles, paint and carpet), and links to organizations relevant to product stewardship. In addition, information is provided on industry-wide commitments, demonstration projects, manufacturer initiatives, and procurement. NOTE: The upcoming Great Lakes/Great Plains P2 Conference will feature a session on a proposed Midwest Product Stewardship Council. This session was planned by and will involve Garth Hickle, the Product Stewardship Team Leader from MPCA. You may wish to check out this web site prior to attending the conference as background/reference information for participating in this session.
The mission of GreenChemEx is to provide the public with a straightforward collection of media dealing with green chemistry and innovative technology as well as the means to share new ideas and research. The ACS Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) developed GreenChemEx as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment program. Entries are searchable by pre-set categories that cover a broad range of topics. Over 60 pre-set categories are organized under top-level topics, including industry sectors, chemicals and materials, and green chemistry keywords. Users can search by any combination of the pre-set categories as well as by user-defined text. In the text search, chemical names can also be searched. If you join GreenChemEx, you may submit entries to the database through the Contribute page; new entries can include resources such as websites, journal articles, books, news articles, audio or video clips, and presentations/lectures. All new entries will go through a review process before appearing online in the database. In addition, by joining the site, you can receive notifications when new entries in your fields of interest are added.
This Minnesota state web site provides a one-stop shop for information on renewable energy from all over state government. The web site is a cooperative effort of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The site serves as a gateway to all of the valuable information on renewable energy that is currently housed on several different state agency sites. The content is divided into broad search categories including conservation, electricity, heating and transportation. Clicking on any of the links will launch a search that will direct users to the most current and relevant information in state government concerning that topic. Each search will also provide links to other government entities and non-profits related to that topic.
The holiday season means sharing time and traditions with friends and family. But all too often, it can also mean the generation of a lot of waste and pollution. In honor of the season, GLRPPR offers this special compilation of regional and national web sites that provide tips for making your holiday celebration a little "greener" this year. Note that this guide is available on the GLRPPR web site in the "Consumer Information & Resources" section year round.
GLRPPR and the other regional Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) centers are coordinating with the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) to collect data from pollution prevention programs. Regional modules, such as the one available on the GLRPPR web site, will feed into a national database, and data will be aggregated at the regional and national levels. This information will be used to demonstrate the value of publicly supported P2 programs and will assist policymakers, government agencies, and P2 programs in setting priorites, goals, and plans for improvement. The main measurement module page provides a link to a User Guide that provides detailed instructions for entering data, as well as the answers to frequently asked questions. The "Highlights" and "View Reports" pages provide an overview of data for the region, which has already been entered into the system by your colleagues. Registered users can also see such information and generate reports for their own programs; such information is password protected and not publicly accessible like the aggregated regional data. Note that three different types of data may be entered into the system: activity measures (such as number of trainings conducted), behavioral results (such as clients reporting compliance improvements) and outcome measures (such as amount of hazardous waste reduced). To become a registered user and begin entering data, contact Tyler Rubach at firstname.lastname@example.org for a login and password.
The Delta Institute is a non-profit organization located in Chicago, IL that works with businesses, governments and communities to improve environmental quality while promoting community and economic development. The Institute and its partners have developed the Delta P2E2 Center to help promote pollution prevention and energy efficiency measures among manufacturers, local governments, school districts, and civic institutions. The Center provides technical assistance to identify energy efficiency measures to save money and protect the environment. The Center provides a range of financing programs to implement the most promising measures. The Center also buys and sells carbon credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange on behalf of companies, and pools and trades carbon credits generated from carbon sequestration projects on behalf of farmers and landowners. The web site provides case studies (three are currently available) and publications related to the Center's P2E2 assistance projects in the Great Lakes region (none available as of Sept. 2006). Continue to watch this site for further developments. Contact information for partner organizations in both Illinois and Michigan is provided on the web site for those who would like more information.
Remember: October is Energy Awareness Month.
Developed by MIT with EPA funding, the Green Chemical Alternatives Wizard is a web-based tool that provides information on chemical alternatives to hazardous solvents and substances commonly used in research laboratories. The Wizard is a guided process that allows the user to search from a select list of solvents commonly used in the laboratory, and the associated process. The Wizard identifies less hazardous and more environmentally benign chemicals or processes that may be substituted, and provides journal references as well as URLs to information that is available online. Users may print article information or have email sent with the URL for the article reference. The Wizard is available to anyone with Internet access, and runs on both Mac and PC. To run the Wizard, you will need a Macromedia Flash player, which may be downloaded for free.
Remember: Pollution Prevention Week 2006 is September 18-24.
The Green Cleaning Pollution Prevention Calculator quantifies the projected environmental benefits of purchasing and using "green" janitorial services and products. It is designed to forecast the environmental benefits of reducing chemical use by doing some or all pollution prevention measures typically involved in the routine interior cleaning of an office building. This tool also enables users to identify which green cleaning measures will have the greatest impact in reducing their use of hazardous chemicals and in preventing pollution. The Calculator's output applies only to standard office cleaning products and practices, and does not apply to other building maintenance issues, such as equipment maintenance, pest control, or landscaping activities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this tool for use by Federal agency environmental, health and safety facility managers, and other interested parties to estimate benefits to be achieved by adopting "green" cleaning practices.
The Green Suppliers Network is a collaborative venture among industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Its goal is to help suppliers continuously learn ways to save money, optimize resource use, and eliminate waste through on-site technical reviews, resulting in manufacturers with higher profits and fewer environmental impacts. The "About" section of the network’s web site describes the "Lean and Clean" approach, the on-site technical assessment service, FAQs and how to join the network. The "Sectors" section summarizes results for the sectors currently served (aerospace, automotive, office furniture and pharmaceuticals/health care). Other sections of the site describe network partners and champions, provide case studies and metrics, present news and events, and offer resources and contacts for additional information.
Green Communities is a five-year, $555 million initiative to build more than 8,500 environmentally healthy homes for low-income families. Created by Enterprise in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Green Communities seeks to transform the way America thinks about, designs, and builds affordable communities. The initiative provides grants, financing, tax-credit equity, and technical assistance to developers who meet Green Communities Criteria for affordable housing that promotes health, conserves energy and natural resources, and provides easy access to jobs, schools, and services. Explore the web site for information on funding, conferences, training, and profiles of demonstration projects, as well as information resources that relate to the initiative's Green Criteria. Note that links are provided to partner programs across the country, including Michigan Green Communities, Minnesota Green Communities, and Ohio Green Communities.
The Safer Pest Control Project (SPCP) is dedicated to reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides and promoting safer alternatives in Illinois. The SPCP web site provides downloadable fact sheets related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for schools, childcare facilities, residences and public areas such as yards, gardens and parks. Manuals and handbooks are also available, and under "Resources" is a list of services provided, including site assessments, workshops, technical assistance, a speaker’s bureau, and information tables/displays. A news page provides articles from around the country related to pesticides and the environment, and a section on "IPM Basics" provides an overview IPM and fact sheets related to hiring an IPM contractor, how to know if you’re receiving IPM, and how to incorporate IPM specifications into pest management contracts. Current and archived editions of the SPCP newsletter are also available.
Earth Day is April 22. For Earth Day 2006, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is launching a three year global campaign focusing on solutions to climate change. The campaign will educate and motivate all levels of the global community including k-12 and college students, governments, corporations, and religious institutions. This portion of the EDN web site describes what climate change is, why EDN chose to focus on solutions to climate change, what is happening as the result of climate change, how it will affect individuals and what individuals can do to help slow down future changes. The site includes links to climate change fact sheets and resources for further information, a section on global climate change and population growth, information on alternatives to carbon based fuels, and a link to the Teacher's Corner, where teachers and other members of Earth Day Network's Educators Network can access climate change lesson plans.
The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) is a voluntary partnership between the Government of Canada and industry to improve Canada's industrial energy efficiency. The CIPEC web site provides information on more than 25 industry sector energy efficiency task forces, as well as relevant energy efficiency guides and publications for these sectors. Current and archived editions of the CIPEC newsletter, a calendar of training events, information on the Industrial Energy Innovators program, information on customized energy management workshops, and benchmarking information are provided. The "Energy Management Services Directory" is a searchable list of consultants, engineers and other professionals that offer products and services to help organizations manage and measure their energy use. The "Energy Managers Network" allows Canadian industrial energy management practitioners to share knowledge, information, tools and skills. CIPEC is a program of Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency.
The Great Lakes Town Hall online forum is designed to bridge the great physical and political distances that divide the residents of the Great Lakes regions of the U.S. and Canada. Like the town meetings on which it is modeled, the Great Lakes Town Hall provides a "space" where residents from all across the Great Lakes basin - and all walks of life within the basin - can come together to identify common concerns, set the political agenda, share and develop collective solutions, and demand - as a public - that the Lakes are clean, abundant, and natural for generations to come. The site includes a variety of resources, opportunities for interactive discussions, networking, and lighter fare in its "Celebrate the Lakes" sections, including Great Lakes arts news, photos, tourism suggestions, and more. Other sections include the Opinion Forum, Community Bulletin, Tools for Action and Links. The site features a weekly guest expert (look under Opinion Forum), and there's a moderator on duty. This interactive web site is a program of the Wisconsin-based Biodiversity Project.
Make reducing greenhouse gas emissions one of your resolutions for the new year. A project of the Tides Center, the Stop Global Warming Virtual March web site allows the user to learn more about global warming, its potential impacts, and what individuals can do to prevent it. Browse the "Learn More" section to find out more about energy, global warming in general, catastrophic weather impacts, environmental degradation impacts, and health risk impacts. The "Take Action" section provides simple suggestions for everyday actions that make a difference. According to the web site, the Virtual March is a "non-political effort to bring all Americans together in one place, proving there is a vast consensus that global warming is here now and it is time for our country to start addressing it." The site also states "the Virtual March on Washington will move across the United States via the Internet from one town to the next, showing the evidence of global warming's alarming affects, and highlighting real people's concerns and real solutions along the way."
The holiday season means sharing time and traditions with friends and family. But all too often, it can also mean the generation of a lot of waste and pollution. In honor of the season, GLRPPR offers this special compilation of regional and national web sites that provide tips for making your holiday celebration a little "greener" this year. Note that this guide is available on the GLRPPR web site in the "Consumer Information & Resources" section year round. If you have links to holiday pollution prevention, energy efficiency, waste reduction or related information that you would like to see included in this resource guide, send your suggestions to Joy Scrogum at email@example.com.
Launched in October 2005, Findsolar.com is a joint partnership between the American Solar Energy Society, Solar Electric Power Association, Energy Matters LLC and U.S. Department of Energy. The site serves as a convenient, user-friendly means for homeowners and businesses to learn about incentives, the economics of solar energy and find qualified professionals who can install and service systems. For no charge, consumers can send instant email inquiries to listed solar professionals that match their desired criteria and geographic area. Currently the solar system estimators on the site encompass solar electric (PV), solar domestic hot water and pool/spa heating. Additional capabilities for solar space heating/cooling systems will be added in the future. Estimators provide detailed information on system cost and size, as well as savings, benefits and existing incentives. Solar professionals and companies can be listed by providing a minimum amount of information. Listings are free for a limited time. Solar system and component manufacturers are also listed. The "Important Stuff" section of the site helps users learn more about energy and water efficiency, installing a renewable energy system, financing a system, and green tags. Frequently asked questions, resources and links are also provided for more information.
Labs21 is a voluntary program, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), dedicated to improving the environmental performance of U.S. laboratories. The primary guiding principle of the Labs21 program is that improving the energy efficiency and environmental performance of a laboratory requires examining the entire facility from a "whole building" perspective. Adopting this perspective allows laboratory owners to improve the efficiency of the entire facility, rather than focusing on specific laboratory components. The Labs21 web site provides information on the Labs21 partnership program (open to all public and private sector labs in the U.S.), links to independent Labs21 Centers of Excellence, information on training and education opportunities, and a tool kit of resources to support the design, construction, and operation of high-performance laboratories. The tool kit includes a design guide for energy-efficient research labs, other design process tools, best practice guides, case studies, and energy benchmarking tools.
Windustry is a non-profit organization based in Minnesota that works to create an understanding of wind energy opportunities for rural economic benefit by providing technical support and creating tools for analysis. Its Community Wind Energy Information Clearinghouse provides information and resources on locally owned commercial-scale wind projects that optimize local benefits. The Clearinghouse provides a definition of the community wind phenomenon and its benefits; case studies of community wind projects; news articles, studies and reports on the topic; information on public policy for community wind; information on community wind programs and initiatives; presentations and conference proceedings; resources specifically geared toward local governments, schools, municipal utilities, rural electric cooperatives and farmers and ranchers; and information on a community wind listserv.
Celebrate National Pollution Prevention Week, September 19-25, 2005!
The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) is a wide-ranging, cooperative effort to design and implement a strategy for the restoration, protection and sustainable use of the Great Lakes. The Draft Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes was released for a 60-day public comment period on July 7. This draft report is available in PDF format on this web site, along with online forms to submit written comments on the report to the GLRC. Word, Wordperfect, Text and PDF format files can be attached to the online comment forms. The deadline for submission of comments is September 9, 2005. This web site provides background information on the GLRC and details on public meetings being held throughout the region for the purpose of submitting written comments on the draft strategy. Note that while the meetings provide an opportunity for oral comments on the strategy, only written comments will be considered.
This site is an information-rich portal on green roofs. In addition to news, job listings, events, and an extensive section on the basics of green roof technology (Greenroofs 101), the site offers a student forum where students involved with green roof research can post projects and papers, and network with each other and companies. The Greenroofs Projects Database is an international searchable database of green roof case studies; an online form allows you to submit information on your own green roof project for potential inclusion in the database. The Greenroof Directory is an online guide to manufacturers, suppliers, organizations and students involved with green roof technology or promotion. The Research Links section provides information on green roof studies being conducted by universities, private companies, and public or governmental affiliates. The Marketplace is a listing of products related to green roofs and roof gardens. The site also features columns, such as the "Ask Ed" plant Q&A column.
Headquartered in Minnesota, EEBA’s mission is to provide education and resources to transform the residential design, development and construction industries to profitably deliver energy efficiency and environmentally responsible buildings and communities. The EEBA web site provides information on building technologies, a calendar of green building related events, information on EEBA’s Houses That Work training sessions, news, information on a discussion e-mail list, and an online bookstore. Look under "EEBA Resources" for information on a variety of green building topics dealing with new home construction and existing homes. Resources are available for both consumers and building professionals.
The goal of the Midwest Technical Resource Center for IPM in schools and daycares is to help maintain safe and pest-free learning environments for children through improved pest management practices. The Center serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The site provides an introduction to the concept of IPM, and features sections geared toward administrators, teachers, and pest management professionals. Information on all pest management practices related to IPM, IPM for childcare facilities and outdoor IPM is also provided. The "Pest Answers" section contains links to fact sheets and management strategies for various types of pests. A list of links and resources for further information is also available. Note that if you click on one of the states in the graphic featured on the home page, you will be taken to a list of information, contacts and resources specific to that state.
Earth Day is April 22. Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) promotes environmental citizenship and year round progressive action worldwide. Its mission is to build broad-based citizen support for sound, workable and effective environmental and sustainable development policies for all. Select "Groups & Events" from the left-hand navigation bar to search for organizations or Earth Day events in your area. Events are listed for both the U.S. and Canada. You may also submit events for listing on this web site. Under "Resources" you will find tools and tips for organizing and publicizing your own Earth Day event. The "Current Campaigns" and "Ongoing Programs" sections provide information on EDN programs, including the Ecological Footprint tool, Community Environmental Health, K-12 Environmental Education, Community Environmental Issues, and Water for Life. These sections also provide links to background information on environmental issues and threats.
The NBB is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and development in the U.S. Its extensive web site provides news and a variety of resources on biodiesel, including basic background and definitions, a guide to buying biodiesel, a searchable reports database, fuel fact sheets, tax incentive information, handling and use guidelines, and information on specific market segments. The site also provides information on the Biodiesel Education Network (BEN), a joint project between the NBB and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America.
A project of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago, IL, the TravelMatters web site offers three main types of resources related to transportation choices and global climate change: greenhouse gas emissions calculators, emissions maps, and a learning center. An individual emissions calculator allows you to calculate the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by your daily transportation activity; the calculations are based on the urbanized area in the U.S. to which you are closest. An emissions calculator is also available for transit agencies from across the U.S. Maps of carbon dioxide emissions are available on the national scale (by county) or on the regional scale for Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The learning center provides activities for students related to global warming and transportation choices, as well as tools for teachers. The web site also provides basic background information on greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, the interaction between transportation and climate change, and alternative transit technology.
CPPIC is a database containing over 1,200 pollution prevention (P2) references ranging from fact sheets to case studies covering various sectors. The database may be searched by sector or keyword. An "advanced search" option allows the user to search by any combination of the following criteria: sector, subject, substance/issue, medium, information type, geographic region, language, and keyword. Though the "geographic region" option focuses on Canadian provinces and territories, references available in the database span a wide range of countries, including the U.S. The site is divided into sections focusing on the explanation of P2, legislation, success stories, information for youths, and P2 at the community level. Users may "submit a reference" for consideration for the database using a convenient online form. The site also features an environmental education section called "Lessons in Pollution Prevention" designed for teachers and other education professionals to assist in conveying P2 concepts to K-12 students.
The holiday season means sharing time and traditions with friends and family. But all too often, it can also mean the generation of a lot of waste and pollution. In honor of the season, GLRPPR offers this special compilation of regional and national web sites that provide tips for making your holiday celebration a little "greener" this year.
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