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1996 Baseline Environmental Management Report : DOE Nuclear Waste Management

"During World War II and the Cold War, the United States developed a massive industrial complex to research, produce, and test nuclear weapons. This nuclear weapons complex included nuclear reactors, chemical processing buildings, metal machining plants, laboratories, and maintenance facilities that manufactured tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, and conducted more than one thousand nuclear explosion tests...the Environmental Management program...is responsible for the maintenance and stabilization as well as the environmental restoration and waste management work at virtually the entire nuclear weapons complex not being used for continued weapons activities. ...
"The 1996 Baseline Environmental Management Report provides a total life-cycle cost estimate and anticipated schedule of the projects and activities necessary to carry out the Environmental Management program's missions for environmental remediation, waste management, science and technology development, the transition of operational facilities to safe shutdown status, and the safeguarding and securing of special nuclear materials."

2005 Building energy efficiency standards nonresidential compliance manual

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

2005 building energy efficiency standards residential compliance manual /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

6 steps to an energy efficient addition /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

AB 970 low-rise residential alternative calculation method approval manual for the 2001 energy efficiency standards for residential buildings : adopted by Commission April 4, 2001

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Acceptance requirements and home energy rating systems (HERS) field verification and diagnostic testing regulations for the 2005 Building energy efficiency standards for nonresidential, high-rise residential and hotels/motels buildings

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Advanced Building Technologies

This searchable site explores "technologies and practices that improve the energy and resource efficiency of commercial and multi-unit residential buildings." It includes more than ninety environmentally appropriate technologies and practices. Design and construction issues, arranged by building-type, are building structure, finishes and furnishings, heating and cooling, plumbing and water heating, lighting and daylighting, load management, electricity production, ventilation and air quality, site, and motors and equipment. There are descriptions (including definition, building use and type, benefits, limitations, application, experience, and cost) of various building materials. This site is sponsored by a group of Canadian governmental and private organizations.

Alternative Calculation Method (ACM) approval manual for the 1998 Energy Efficiency Standards for nonresidential buildings

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Arizona Solar Center, Your Source for Solar Energy Information

A site dedicated to educating people about various solar technologies and how they may be used. An entire section is devoted to teaching solar energy in the classroom with information for students and teachers. Other sections discuss the benefits and incentives to using solar energy and the economics of solar energy. While much of the information on this site is specific to Arizona, there is information here that can be useful to anyone.

Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP): California Overview

Code status and informational updates by state. This link features information about California.

CADDET Energy Efficiency Database

CADDET Energy Efficiency collects, analyses and enhances the international exchange of impartial information on new, cost-effective, energy-saving technologies. These technologies have been demonstrated in industry, buildings, transport, utilities and agriculture. To date, over 1,600 demonstrated energy-efficient projects have been published in a variety of CADDET Energy Efficiency products. The following types of records and information representing these projects will be found in their database: CADDET Energy Efficiency Analysis Report; CADDET Energy Efficiency Maxi Brochure; CADDET Energy Efficiency Technical Brochure; CADDET Energy Efficiency Newsletter Article; CADDET Energy Efficiency Register Entry; CADDET Renewable Energy Database Entry.

California Building Standards Commission

"The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) is an independent Commission, administratively placed within the State and Consumer Services Agency. The CBSC was created to review, approve, and publish building standards adopted by state agencies..." This site provides information concerning the Commission's laws, regulations, policies and procedures as well as other information.

California Code of Regulations, Title 24 : California Building Standards Code

"California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, also known as the California Building Standards Code, is a compilation of three types of building standards from three different origins:"

California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority /

An electronic resource of: Legislative Analyst's Office.

California Energy Commission

This site is the home page for the California Energy Commission. It contains information about energy production and use in California as well as information about the California Energy Commission and its activities.

The California Energy Commission's ... annual report concerning the Public Interest Energy Research Program

An electronic journal of: California Energy Commission.
Coverage: 1998

California Incentives for Renewable Energy

From the DSIRE database, a comprehensive list of California state, local and utility incentives, rebates, loans, grants and other sources of funding to promote renewable energy.

California Research Bureau

"The California Research Bureau (CRB) within the California State Library provides nonpartisan research services to the Governor and his staff, to both houses of the Legislature, and to other state elected officials." Selected recent reports are available full-text on the Bureau's web site.

California Resources Agency

"The California Resources Agency is responsible for the conservation, enhancement and management of California's natural and cultural resources." The agency is composed of departments, boards, commissions and programs.

California's Appliance Efficiency Program : California Energy Commission

"California's Appliance Efficiency Regulations were established in 1976 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California's energy consumption. The regulations are updated periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods." Access current appliance efficiency regulations from this site.

California's Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings

Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings from the California Code of Regulations (Title 24, Part 6).

Confronting climate change: strategies for energy research and development /

An electronic resource of: United States Federal Government.

Congressional Research Service Reports on the Environment : National Council for Science and the Environment

Full-text of more than 2,200 Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports (from 1996 to present) on environmental policy, agriculture, and natural resources.

Conservation and Environmental Maps

"The historic and more recent maps contained in this category show early exploration and subsequent land use in various areas of the United States. These maps show the changes in the landscape, including natural and man-made features, recreational and wilderness areas, geology, topography, wetland area, vegetation, and wildlife. Specific conservation projects such as the growth and development of U.S. National Parks are included in this category."

Consumer Energy Center, California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission presents tips and information for the consumer on energy use, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy.

Consumer energy information is presented in these categories:
---choices at home and work (homes; office and commercial; schools; industry, agriculture, and water)
---transportation choices (conventional vehicles; alternative fuel vehicles; mass transit; rail; ride sharing; bicycles; walking; telecommuting)
---renewable energy choices
---your energy bill (understanding your bill, help with your bill, choosing your electric service provider)

Consumer Energy Information - Energy Information for Your Home

This U.S. Department of Energy site offers an index to articles about products and ways to save energy in your home.

Cooling Your Home : Don't Sweat It

US Federal Trade Commission consumer alert offering information and advice for increasing the energy efficiency of your home.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)

Searchable comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Demand shifting with thermal mass in large commercial buildings: field tests, simulations and audits: PIER final project report /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

DOE Information Bridge

DOE Information Bridge offers full-text and bibliographic records of DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) and DOE-sponsored research and development reports produced from 1995 forward. Research and development reports are in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics.

Note: After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks many reports were removed from public access.

DOE Pulse : Science and Technology Highlights from the DOE National Laboratories

DOE Pulse highlights work being done at the Department of Energy's national laboratories. Find articles going back to 1998 on research on energy, environmental quality, and national security.

Dr. E's Energy Lab (from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network)

Dr. E's Energy Lab connects you to renewable energy information written especially for young children, elementary school pupils, or high school students. Games, coloring books, materials on saving energy and on solar energy, instructions for solar energy science projects, and a kids' page for young children on electric cars are included.

Earth Trends: the Environmental Information Portal

"Earth Trends: The Environmental Information Portal" is a site abundant with maps and information about global environmental and sustainable development authored by the World Resources Institute. In addition to world maps, you can search the site for country profiles, text and graphics "features" pieces, and data tables.

Efficiency opportunities for Edison-based luminaires /

This report from the California Energy Commission focuses on increasing the energy efficiency of Edison-based (i.e. screw-based) types of lamps.

Encyclopedia of Earth

A wiki-style Encyclopedia about "the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society." Consists of "articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work." Articles may be searched or browsed by author or topic.

End-use efficient, environmentally friendly water-softening device: independent assessment report /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Energy and Environment Research Center

"The EERC is recognized internationally as an expert in scientifically advanced energy systems and the prevention and cleanup of air, water, and soil pollution.

Established as a federal research and development facility in 1951, the EERC has been a part of the University of North Dakota (UND) since 1983. With a staff of more than 180 talented scientists, engineers, and support personnel, the EERC is one of the leading developers of energy and environmental technologies in the world."

The site contains current news in the areas of energy and the environment, a list of all publications from the Center since 1980, and links to other related research centers.

Energy aware planning guide: energy facilities

An electronic resource of: The Commission.

Energy Citations Database

"The Energy Citations Database (ECD) contains over 2.3 million bibliographic citations for energy and energy related STI from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The Database provides access to over 259,000 electronic documents, primarily from 1943 forward, with continued growth through regular updates." Citations are to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Energy Codes and Standards

An overview from the Whole Building Design Guide with links to relevant codes and standards.

Energy Consumption Surveys, U.S. Energy Information Administration

The U.S. Energy Information Administration presents reports, tables, and data files from energy consumption surveys:
---Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS)
---Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)
---Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS)
---Residential Transportation Energy Consumption Survey (RTECS)

Energy efficiency and conservation: trends and policy issues

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission, Demand Analysis Office, Energy Efficiency & Demand Analysis Division.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network

A comprehensive resource from the U.S. Department of Energy. Articles and data about what is new in the energy fields of building technologies, energy management, solar energy technologies as well as wind, hydropower, geothermal, hydrogen, fuel cells and infrastructure technologies.

Energy Efficiency Division, California Energy Commission

The Energy Efficiency Division of the California Energy Commission promotes energy conservation and efficient uses of energy by California industry, government, and individuals.

Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures Database

Database of energy efficiency policy documents and websites from more than 30 governments.
Search by country, policy type, sector, jurisdiction, year, policy implementation status, and keyword.

Energy management systems and direct digital control

This fee-based electronic resource is accessible (either directly or via proxy server) from subscribing institutions. Consult your reference librarian if you have access questions.

Energy Resources: Nuclear power

Site describes the nature of power, advantages and disadvantages of each type of power, how it works and discusses if it is renewable.

Energy Savers : A Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network presents extensive information for the consumer on energy use, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy sources.

Energy Saving Now

Offers suggestions on design principles and rules that can result in 30-70% energy savings, with maintained comfort. Renewable energy resources becomes much more useful alternatives and sustainable architecture easier.

Energy Sites to Visit on the Internet : California Energy Commission

Links to energy related sites and information. The bias is towards California state government and U.S. federal government sites, but more general web sites are included as well.

Energy Star

A government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency." Offers advice to homeowners and consumers about products, new homes, and home improvement.

Energy-efficient process for using membrane technology to treat and recycle agricultural drainage water: feasibility analysis and final EISG report /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

EPA Mixed Waste Team Home Page

The U.S. EPA's Mixed Waste Team Home Page "is intended to be a one stop shop of information on mixed waste. It has been written for three groups: the regulated community, students, and the general public."

Flex your power: conservation tips for your home /

An electronic resource of: California Dept. of Water Resources.

Funding and energy savings from investor-owned utility energy efficiency programs in California for program years 2000 through 2004: staff paper /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Green Roofs : Library of Congress Science Tracer Bullet

Library of Congress research guide helps you locate information on green roofs. Includes brief introduction, lists of resources, and strategies for finding additional resources.

Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools

"The new Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools provides guidance on the process of financing energy-efficient school renovations, retrofits, or new construction and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of financing mechanisms." From the Building Technologies Program of the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Guide to preparing feasibility studies for energy efficiency projects

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Hazardous Waste : Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Subtitle C

The EPA presents information on regulation of hazardous wastes under RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act). By topic (such as Air Emissions, Industrial Wastes, and Land Disposal Restrictions), the web page links to standards, rules, permitting information, policy interpretations, risk assessments, forms, strategy documents, RCRA hotline specialist training modules, and more.

High temperature air combustion: from energy conservation to pollution reduction

This fee-based electronic resource is accessible (either directly or via proxy server) from subscribing institutions. Consult your reference librarian if you have access questions.

Home Energy Magazine

An online version of Home Energy Magazine, "published by a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide objective and practical information on all aspects of home performance, from residential energy conservation to indoor air quality to building more energy efficient homes."

Home Energy Saver

The Home Energy Saver was the first Internet-based tool for calculating energy use in residential buildings...By changing one or more features of the modeled home, users can estimate how much energy and money can be saved and how much pollution prevented by implementing energy-efficiency improvements. Includes a glossary and links to other sources of information about products, construction standards, and home building.

House Committee on Energy and Commerce

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is the oldest legislative standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Its jurisdictions include biomedical research and development, consumer affairs and protection, health, interstate and foreign commerce, energy resource exploration, pricing, production, and regulation, energy conservation, power generation, nuclear energy, travel and tourism, and interstate and foreign communications.

How to hire an energy services company

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Industrial Technologies Program

"The Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) works with U.S. industry to improve industrial energy efficiency and environmental performance. The program invests in high-risk, high-value R&D." This section of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website provides useful links for researchers, inventors and others interested in industrial technology involving the use of aluminum, chemicals, forest products, glass, metal casting, mining, petroleum refining and steel.

Integrated energy policy report

An electronic journal of: California Energy Commission.
Coverage: 2003-

International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment

The International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment is an organization that disseminates information about energy and environmental issues in the building and architecture sectors. The site gathers together a broad range of information from other sources and organizations worldwide. It includes the full text of the Advanced Buildings Newsletter.

Joint appendices for the 2005 building energy efficiency standards for residential and nonresidential buildings: standards/regulations /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

League of Conservation Voters : National Environmental Scorecards (Congressmen's Environmental Voting Records)

"The National Environmental Scorecard provides objective, factual information about the environmental voting records of U.S. Representatives and Senators. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from numerous respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be graded. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of environmental health and safety protection, resource conservation, and spending for environmental programs. Votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice on protecting the environment and help distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection."

Loan Guarantee Program

"The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy to issue loan guarantees to eligible projects that 'avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases' and 'employ new or significantly improved technologies.'" This section of the DOE's website provides information about currently open loan solicitations, if any, and how to apply for them.

Meeting the energy needs of future warriors

An electronic resource of: National Academies Press.

New powerline control technology for lighting and HVAC: independent assessment report /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Options for energy efficiency in existing buildings

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Options for energy efficiency in existing buildings: committee final report

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Options to reduce petroleum fuel use: in support of the 2005 Integrated Energy Policy Report /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.


"The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing is a public-private initiative that seeks to speed the creation and widespread use of advanced technologies to radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America's housing." Includes resources for homeowners interested in these goals.

PLACE3S: Planning for Community Energy, Environmental and Economic Sustainability

"PLACE3S, an acronym for PLAnning for Community Energy, Economic and Environmental Sustainability, is a land use and urban design method created specifically to help communities understand how their growth and development decisions can contribute to improved sustainability. PLACE3S can help communities assemble the data and perform the analysis needed to find and to maintain the complex balance that will lead to sustainability. In essence, PLACE3S enables communities to use energy as a yardstick to measure the sustainability of their urban design and growth management plans.

The PLACE3S approach to urban planning uses energy accounting to evaluate the efficiency with which we use our land, design our neighborhoods to provide housing and jobs, manage our transportation systems, operate our buildings and public infrastructures, site energy facilities, and use other resources. PLACE3S uses energy accounting as a uniform language to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders. It provides maps and focused data to educate the public and decision makers about the effects of their choices on their community. The outcome is a well-informed, inclusionary public process that balances community values and integrates environmental, economic and social goals."

A lengthy report on their approach, "The Energy Yardstick: Using PLACE3S to Create More Sustainable Communities", is available in PDF through this site.

Planet Ark

A good site for those interested in environmental news.Every day, up to 40 news stories from Reuters are added to this web site. Includes articles covering every environmental topic imaginable.This unique environmental news service allows people to see what's happening to the planet on a daily basis. It's the biggest environmental news service of its kind in the world. The stories are also archived in a 100 topic environment database, making it the ideal resource for researchers or kids doing homework. Also includes News Pictures, the Pulse of the Planet global radio and free environmental software.

The power control user interface standard

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Process Energy, California Energy Commission

Industry, Agriculture and Water/Wastewater treatment consume approximately one-third of the electricity used in California. This California Energy Commission web site is a clearinghouse of energy efficiency information for managers of California's agricultural enterprises, industrial enterprises, and water/wastewater treatment plants. There are descriptions of research projects and publications (some full-text publications), information on "financing energy efficient productivity improvement and pollution prevention technologies projects", case studies, manuals and handbooks, and technical information.

Renewable and Alternative Fuels : U.S. Energy Information Administration

Access featured articles, publications, data and applications relevant to alternative and renewable energy, including "information on the history, status, and prospects of renewable energy in the United States." Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Renewable Energy Basics

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory offers Renewable Energy Basics, an introduction to renewable energy (sources, technologies) and energy efficiency. Solar energy, wind energy, biomass, geothermal energy, hydrogen, hydropower, and ocean energy are the topics covered.

Renewable Energy Policy Project

"This powerful, on-line, searchable database of more than 2500 energy efficiency and renewable energy annotated Web links has been sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and created by CREST to promote a more sustainable energy future and mitigate global climate change that results from energy use. You will find highly useful case studies, reports, publications, economic analyses, product directories, discussion groups, country profiles, mitigation assessments, and other beneficial resources.

ReInState is the U.S. state-specific section of GEM. It is an innovative guide to state-by-state renewable energy and sustainable development resources. It includes case studies, products and services, utility information, programs and policies, and energy usage and design data for each state."

Residential manual for compliance with the 1998 energy efficiency standards (for low-rise residential buildings) /

An electronic resource of: The Commission.

Rocky Mountain Institute

"Rocky Mountain Institute is a nonprofit research and educational foundation with a vision across boundaries. Its mission is to foster the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security."

Smithsonian Institution Conservation and Research Center

"The Smithsonian Institution's Conservation and Research Center (CRC) is one of the world's leading centers for conservation research and training. Located on 3,200 acres of forest and meadow in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Virginia, CRC serves as the hub for a broad array of regional, national, and international Smithsonian conservation programs."

Solar Energy : Library of Congress Science Tracer Bullet

Library of Congress research guide helps you locate information on solar energy, particularly solar heating and cooling, solar thermal energy, and photovoltaic power generation. Includes brief introduction, lists of resources, and strategies for finding additional resources. (Published 2006).
Also see: Solar Energy Update (2011)

Study of ventilation practices and household characteristics in new California homes /

An electronic resource of: California Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board, Research Division.

Summary of energy services companies: summary of responses: Staff Report /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.

Sustainable Building Sources

Includes links to a green building professional directory, sustainable building sourcebook, discussion forums, as well as related associations and magazines.

Technical assistance in determining options for energy efficiency in existing buildings: working draft /

An electronic resource of: California Energy Commission.


A collection of links to demonstrations and lessons to aid in understanding of heat, thermodynamics, engines, and energy. Many other interesting physics links as well. Hosted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Top Ten Green Projects : American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment

Case studies of energy efficient building projects by the American Institute of Architects.

U.S. Department of Energy : Energy.gov

The United States Department of Energy web site:
---presents information about the Department of Energy (DOE)
---connects to web sites of DOE laboratories and offices
---connects to DOE research publications, databases, and statistics about power resources and energy

U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program

DOE's Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program information, including the latest information on rulemaking, standards and test procedures for specific products.

U.S. Green Building Council

This Green Building Links page provides links to a variety of sites, including those focused on codes and standards.

Weathering the High Cost of Heating Your Home

Article published by the US Federal Trade Commission offering information and advice for increasing the energy efficiency of your home and reducing utility bills for heating.

Wind-Wildlife Literature Database : WILD

"WILD is a searchable bibliographic database of documents that focuses on the effects of wind energy development on wildlife."

The World Environment Library

"The World Environment Library 1.0 was developed in December 1999 by GTZ and the Humanity Libraries Project. It contains 400 publications (45,000 pages) of ideas and solutions in the fields of Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Environmental Impact Assessment, Energy, Health, Natural Resources, Policy, Sustainable Development, Waste Management and Water."

World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute works to provide "information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems." The Institute web site presents reports, press releases, and statistics about sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and forests, biodiversity, global climate change, health, oceans and coasts, trade and environment, and governments' environmental policy.

Country Environmental Data Profiles are statistical fact sheets for the countries of the world. They present data on economic and social context, agriculture, forests, freshwater, marine and coastal resources, biodiversity, mineral resources, energy, and ratification of environmental treaties.

WorldWideScience.org : the Global Science Gateway

Global science gateway allowing one-stop searching of national and international science databases and portals.
Databases and portals are maintained by national government agencies and national libraries.

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