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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.

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.

Bioenergy Information Network


Gateway to information about fast growing trees, grasses, and residues for fuels and power. "The OFD funds research and analyses on liquid and gaseous fuels produced from dedicated energy crops such as grasses and fast-growing short-rotation trees. The projects focus on the domestic production, recovery, and conversion of these feedstocks to economically priced, environmentally beneficial fuels such as ethanol, methanol and biodiesel." Sponsored by the United States Department of Energy.

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.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center : CDIAC


The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (Robert M. Cushman, Director), which includes the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases, is the primary global-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). CDIAC responds to data and information requests from users from all over the world who are concerned with the greenhouse effect and global climate change. CDIAC's data holdings include records of the concentrations of carbon dioxide and other radioactively active gases in the atmosphere; the role of the terrestrial biosphere and the oceans in the biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases; emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere; long-term climate trends; the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on vegetation; and the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea level.

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.

Department of Energy: Office of Nuclear Energy


Provides speeches, congressional reports, staff reports and press releases of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy.

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.

Electrochemical Science and Technology Information Resource


Links to electrochemistry sources including associations, publications, and educational programs, and provides a great deal of scientific information about electrochemical topics, especially the chemistry of batteries and fuel cells.

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 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.

Environmental Literacy Council


"This web site is intended to help students and teachers study environmental issues by guiding them to the best resources available on the internet. Our goal is to help you find information you need from high-quality sources and to introduce you to a variety of viewpoints and thoughtful analyses on environmental issues. We also try to make the job of researching environmental issues easier. We review sites and create links not only to general sites but also to specific data pages, online articles, lesson plans, and classroom activities."

Facts and Figures About Your Community : USA.gov


The USA.Gov website has put together a collection of statistical information covering these topics: Agriculture & Food, Business & Economy, Environment & Energy, Government, Healthy People, Home & Community, Learning & Jobs, Public Safety & Justice, Science & Technology, Travel & Transportation, US & The World.

Heat Island Effect


This site addresses the concept of heat island effect, which "describes urban and suburban temperatures that are 2 to 10F (1 to 6C) hotter than nearby rural areas." Discusses impacts (including air pollution, air conditioning costs, and heat-related illnesses), ideas for reducing temperatures and energy use (such as green roofs and cool paving materials, and shade trees), and related research projects. Includes a FAQ and glossary. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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.

Household Emissions Calculator


Use this online calculator to obtain an estimate of your personal greenhouse gas emissions or your family's greenhouse gas emissions. Then move on to the next section of the calculator to explore actions you and/or your family can take to lower your emissions while reducing your energy and waste disposal costs." Areas covered include transportation, home energy use, and waste and recycling. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience


"This site contains Interactive Plasma Physics Topics, ranging from electricity, magnetism, energy, and fusion." Provides several animated lessons illustrating advanced physics concepts, including a "Virual Tokamak."

National Renewable Energy Laboratory


The site features updates and publications about research and development programs in areas such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen and fuel cells. Also includes materials about applying technologies in building, transportation, and infrastructure. NREL is "the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D."

National Wind Technology Center : NWTC


This site is hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy. "Provides information on wind energy technology; includes site tour, video, downloadable design codes, wind quiz and document order form." Also includes Internet resources, "wind resource database" and wind turbine research information.

NET: National Environmental Trust


The National Environmental Trust is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 1994 to inform citizens about environmental problems and how they affect our health and quality of life. It discusses topics such as Clean Air, Global Warming, Energy, Forests, Marine Life and Habitats and Environmental Health.

NIST Chemistry WebBook


The NIST WebBook will provide access to the full array of data compiled and distributed by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program. The NIST Chemistry WebBook contains: Thermo chemical data for over 6000 organic and small inorganic compounds; data for 33 fluids; You can search for data on specific compounds in the Chemistry WebBook based on name, chemical formula, CAS registry number, molecular weight, chemical structure, or selected ion energetics and spectral properties.

Nuclear Energy Institute


Provides news articles and a library of resources about nuclear energy, technologies and public policy.

PATH.Net


"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.

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 Atlas of the West


Utilizing state-of-the-art GIS technology, the Atlas brings together the best existing renewable resource maps and data into a single comprehensive, publicly available document and interactive Web site. Adobe Acrobat viewer is necessary to view the maps.

Right-to-Know Network


Links to databases and resources that allow individuals to investigate, review and assess data related to the environmental impacts caused by industry and other economic forces on local communities.

Right-To-Know Network


"The Right-to-Know Network provides free access to numerous databases and resources on the environment. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects; find permits issued under environmental statutes; and identify civil cases filed."

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


The "Jurisdiction of the Full Committee includes oversight and legislative responsibilities for: National Energy Policy, including international energy affairs and emergency preparedness; nuclear waste policy; privatization of federal assets; territorial policy (including changes in status and issues affecting Antarctica); Native Hawaiian matters." Additionally, subcommittees review legislation on energy, national parks, public lands, forests, water, and power.

Statistical Resources on the Web


Annotated guide links to to statistics (demographic, economic, educational, political, and sociological, etc.) on the web.

Sustainable Building Sources


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

Sustainable Sources : Building


A web version of the Sustainable Building Sourcebook can be found here, along with a Green Building Professionals Directory. Links to green building associations, conferences, initiatives, discussion forums and resources are also available here.

Thermodynamics


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.

TranStats : The Intermodal Transportation Database


TranStats is a U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics website providing one stop shopping for transportation data. "Users can explore the data by transportation mode or by subject area, use keyword searches to find relevant datasets, and get online help."
TranStats "offers:
  • A searchable index of over 100 transportation-related data bases ....
  • Selective download-the ability to choose variables of interest and download the data directly to your PC for analysis using any data base, spreadsheet, or statistical package.
  • Online data documentation ...
  • Interactive analytical tools-the ability to do simple statistical summaries, create time series or cross tabulations, generate graphics online, and cut/paste results into reports
  • Interactive mapping to help visualize geographic data
  • A mapping center with the full National Transportation Atlas Data Base"
  • U.S. Department of Energy : Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy : Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program


    This program exists to "improve wind energy technology so that it can generate competitive electricity in areas with lower wind resources and to develop new, cost effective advanced hydropower technologies." Provides overviews of how wind power and hydropower works and explores the history and advantages and disadvantage of each. Also features publications, photographs, and related links. From the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE).

    U.S. Energy Information Administration


    A primary source for energy statistics. Provides data and analyses about the supply, consumption, distribution, and price of energy in the United States. The weekly, monthly, and annual reports cover petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, and various forms of renewable energy. Also contains historical data, forecasts (both U.S. and international), and country-specific analyses

    U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science


    "The Committee on Science has its roots in the intense reaction to the Soviet launch of Sputnik on October 4, 1957." Today the Committee's jurisdiction includes energy, astronautical issues, civil aviation, marine, technological research and development, standardization of weights and measures, NASA, outer space, and weather.

    United States National Transportation Statistics


    "Compiled and published annually by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics (NTS) presents detailed national-level data on the U.S. transportation system, its economic performance, safety record, energy use, and environmental impacts."

    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.

     

    Magazines  

    Atomic Insights


    "We are driven by a single thought--nuclear energy information is too important to be controlled by governments or large corporations."

    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.

    Energy Crossroads


    From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A list of federal government resources, statistics, fuel economy guide and data from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

    EV World: The World of Electric, Hybrid, Fuel Cell and Alternative Fuel Vehicles


    Sustainable transportation with a focus on the people and policy, as well as technology. Online publication.

    Grist Magazine


    Grist publishes in-depth reporting, cartoons, summaries of breaking news stories, diary entries from activists, book reviews, green investment advice, and lots more. And they do it with a sense of humor; as they say, "Grist: it's gloom and doom with a sense of humor. So laugh now--or the planet gets it."

    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 Power Magazine


    "Home Power magazine covers renewable energy (RE)." Features downloadable articles from the current and archived issues.

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Bulletin


    Newsletter focusing on nuclear energy. Available in English; archived reports are available in English and, for more recent years, in other published languages as they become available.

    The Negotiator


    "The Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen or CAPL is a professional organization for people involved in all aspects of petroleum land management. The CAPL membership includes individuals responsible for the acquisition, administration and disposition of mineral and/or surface rights for petroleum exploration and production companies, as well as related service and financial companies in the energy industry." This link brings you to the current issue of their magazine, The Negotiator; for previous issues, mouse over "Publications" and select The Negotiator (Past Issues).

    Platts Global Energy


    Platts is the specialist energy market reporting company of the McGraw- Hill Companies. Platts reports U.S. petroleum markets as well as covering the international market. Platts also reports on oil, petrochemicals, non-ferrous metals, shipping, power and natural gas. Platts has begun to offer an analysis service for various markets.

    Renewable Energy World


    Online magazine covering aspects of energy. The December 15, 2009 issue main article is "Rebound: U S Photovoltaic market Growth Through 2010.

     

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