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350.org is an international campaign to unite the world in the goal of creating global solutions to the climate change crisis. The number 350 represents the parts per million of CO2 that climate scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere. 350.org is hoping to bring attention to climate change by inspiring action at hundreds of iconic places around the world on October 24, 2009. This grassroots movement will hopefully send a “clear message to world leaders: the solutions to climate change must be equitable, they must be grounded in science, and they must meet the scale of the crisis.”
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that works towards advancements in sustainability. “AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.” The association provides resources, professional guidance and support to enable institutions of higher education to make sustainable practices the norm.
The Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) Sustainability Committee provides the BUMC with “guidance, recommendations and training to fully understand our affect on the planet and how to minimize it.” The BUMC’s purpose is to “train the professionals needed to maintain the health and well-being of our communities” by understanding and then lessening our environmental footprint.
The mission of the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2) is to support the continued improvement of environmental performance in higher education through environmental professional networking, information exchange, the development of professional resources and tools, and the advancement of innovative regulatory models. Environmental performance includes campus regulatory compliance, environmental management, and sustainability initiatives.
What Is a Sustainable University?
One that promotes the concept of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
That’s the definition of sustainability derived from a United Nations report that helped make the term part of the parlance of politicians, academics, and rock stars. While it sounds simple, the idea is remarkably complex when put into practice because it seeks to unite actions that in the past have often competed with each other.
Climate Central is a nonprofit organization that conducts climate change research and communicates findings to the public. Their website is a great resource that presents the most current issues in climate change and it also provides excellent visual tools to make climate change easy to understand and communicate.
The Earth Portal is a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment. It is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the environment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs. It contains no commercial advertising and reaches a large global audience.
EPA New England is working to prevent pollution and conserve natural resources in our own operations. We’re looking at the choices we make – how we light our buildings, the cars we drive, the waste we generate – and we’re changing how we get things done. We’re doing what we ask of others and using this Web site to tell our story and share what we’ve learned.
The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating SystemTM serves an important function in helping organizations and individuals identify third-party-certified facilities that have been designed, built, and/or are operated in ways that aim to optimize environmental performance and reduce environmental impact. While the pipeline of hotels and conference centers pursuing LEED certification is growing steadily, the limited number of venues that are currently LEED certified does not allow organizations to direct all of their travel and events procurement to such facilities. In response to this reality, USGBC has developed the Green Venue Selection Guide to aid travel, meeting and event planners in collecting environmental information about facilities.
grist.org is an environmental news site that provides humorous commentary on current events happening in the U.S. and abroad. A good site to check out when you’re just looking for fun articles having to do with the environment.
The Guardian is a British news source that contains articles with a more international perspective. Guardian Environment is a great source for international news related the environment.
This resource was provided by CheapCarInsurance.net for the purpose of educating and assisting consumers with going green. Some popular environmentally friendly vehicles include hybrid cars, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric, and vehicles that use clean energy. Popular diesel alternatives include vegetable oil and biodiesel. By choosing these options, consumers can reduce their contributions to greenhouse gasses and help protect the environment.
The National Council for Science and the Environment is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision making. We envision a society where environmental decisions by everyone are based on an accurate understanding of the underlying science, its meaning and limitations, and the potential consequences of their action or inaction.
NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.
Next Step Living is a residential energy efficiency company, providing home energy diagnostics and improvements to the greater New England area. We are a socially-conscious, environmentally focused, results-driven organization dedicated to helping our customers lower their energy bills, increase the comfort of their homes, and reduce their carbon footprint.
Climate.gov offers a variety of climate data and information to the public in order to promote a better understanding of climate science. A great resource for data on atmospheric temperatures, sea level, snow and ice cover, and greenhouse gas levels.
The Rethink Initiative brings together industry, government and environmental organizations to offer a fresh perspective and new answers to the challenge of e-waste. On this site you can find information, tools and solutions that make it easy – and even profitable – to find new users for idle computers and electronics, and responsibly recycle unwanted products.
Second Nature’s mission is to accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.
Skeptical Science is a resource that presents common arguments against climate change and responds to them by explaining the science in easy to understand language. The site also provides a guide for those who want to learn more about climate change which is offered in a variety of languages. It is a very useful resource for those who are new to climate change science or have questions about common climate change myths.
When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today, with over 15 million views and counting, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.
Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Earth, a new electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other’s work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.
Pew is a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences and solutions to environmental problems. We actively promote strong conservation policies in the United States and internationally. Pew applies a range of tools in pursuit of practical, meaningful solutions—including applied science, public education, sophisticated media and communications, and policy advocacy.
The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
Think Progress is a blog run by the Center for American Progress Action fund, which is a nonpartisan organization. The site has many articles and blog posts specifically on climate change issues.
EIA contains a rich database of energy statistics and data products. A great source of information for any type of energy.
The US EPA regulates climate change, air quality, safety of chemicals, expanding the conversation on environmentalism, and working for environmental justice. The EPA has page of resources for educators and parents that includes activities and handouts.
Information and Guides on Reducing Vehicle-related Carbon Emissions. PartsGeek is an automotive parts & supplies business since 1996.
Wastewise helps organizations and businesses apply sustainable materials management practices to reduce municipal and select industrial wastes. Organizations can join WasteWise as a partner, endorser, or both. Partners demonstrate how they reduce waste, practice environmental stewardship, and incorporate sustainable materials management into their waste-handling processes. Endorsers promote enrollment in WasteWise as part of a comprehensive approach to help their stakeholders realize the economic benefits to reducing waste.
Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.
Yale Environment 360: an online magazine with articles that analyze a wide range of climate change and environmental issues including water, energy, biodiversity, agriculture and current events.