Emergency Response and Preparedness Program

This site, a partnership between the American Public Transportation Association and the US Federal Transit Administration, provides a venue where transit systems and industry entities can volunteer and /or access resources in order to prepare for an expected event or in the wake of an unforeseen situation. The information gathered on the ERPP site can enhance an organization’s existing emergency plans by adding other resources if needed.

Emporis

Formerly “Skyscrapers.com,” Emporis manages a worldwide database on construction data and commercial real estate information. Its database now covers all construction types, from huts to skyscrapers, and provides information on the full life-cycle of a building, from idea to demolition. Companies involved in designing, construction and operating buildings are recorded in its online directory, which includes categories for real estate and CAD software suppliers, finance/insurance companies, and property users such as sports teams, hotels, retail, corporate, educational and more. Through its Building Directory, users can search for buildings by continent, country, state or area, city, and then by building type. The site also sells close to 600,000 building-related images.

Energy Information Administration (EIA) [DOE]

This site has official energy statistics from the US Department of Energy (DOE), including reports, monthly and yearly energy forecasts, analyses of energy topics, Congressional reports, and news. Topics include petroleum, natural gas, electricity, coal, renewable & alternative fuels, nuclear, environment, energy use in commercial buildings and industry, and energy statistics by state and by country.

Energy Resource Center (for manufacturing) [DOE’s AMO]

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office provides numerous resources for manufacturers to use to reduce energy costs and chart a path to improved energy efficiency and performance. Free tools, training, and other resources are available for companies just getting started or ready to pursue ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance certification. Users can prioritize the most cost-effective next steps and track progress at the corporate, plant, and project level, using in-house staff to realize many improvements.

Energy Star: Buildings and Plants [EPA, DOE]

A joint EPA/DOE program to help commercial and industrial buildings save energy. The site gives information on building an energy program,improving energy performance, benchmarking energy use, and earning recognition for efficiency efforts. It includes the Energy Star Portfolio Manager online energy management and tracking tool that allows users to measure and track the energy and water performance of any building over time.

Energycast

This site helps business people make energy decisions by providing them with weather information. Weather Services International (WSI) presents real-time and forecast weather graphics and data customized according to the user’s interest, such as forecasts for selected cities. Includes a consultation service.

Engineering News-Record

Online portal for McGraw-Hill Construction’s ENR magazine (published since 1874), which provides news, analysis, commentary, and data for construction industry professionals. It provides coverage of such issues as business management, design, construction methods, technology, safety, law, legislation, environment, and labor. The site offers extensive news, in-depth features, project stories, new products, features on industry leaders, opinions, resources, and ranked lists of related companies.

Envirobiz

An international environmental information network. The site offers search directories of environmental services, products, and technology; state agencies and associations; Chartwell directories, and Environmental Information (EI) hazardous waste & toxic substance directories.

Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) [DOE]

Under the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the EETD researches and develops better energy technologies and works to reduce adverse energy-related environmental impacts. A major focus is making residential and commercial buildings more energy-efficient, and maximizing the health and productivity of building occupants. EETD also analyzes US energy-efficiency policies and programs, industrial and transportation energy use, energy efficiency in key developing countries, IAQ, and more.

Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) of the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

The EETD researches and develops technologies to reduce adverse energy-related environmental impacts from residential and commercial buildings, focusing on energy efficiency and occupant health and productivity. Research areas include: Advanced Energy Technologies, Atmospheric Sciences, Buildings Energy Efficiency [see Building Technologies Department listing above], Energy Analysis, and Indoor & Outdoor Environmental Quality [see Indoor Environment Department listing below]. The site offers energy-related publications; software and documentation to help design more energy-efficient buildings and audit energy use in buildings; information on seminars; links to energy-related sites; and a glossary of energy-related terms.

Environmental Indicators Gateway

This link from the Environmental Protection Agency features information on EPA’s environmental indicator projects, provide information on environmental conditions and trends over a range of geographic scales and time periods. The Gateway provides summaries of the indicator projects and links to the related reports and Web sites developed by each project. You can search these summaries by geographic location, keyword, and topic.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The US EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education, and assessment efforts to protect the environment. The site offers extensive information on such topics as: asbestos, brownfields, hazardous waste, hurricane preparation and recovery, lead, mold, recycling, and more. It also offers news, legislation information, and numerous resources.

Environmentally Preferable Products Database

This is the development site for the EPP Database project, which is funded and managed by the California Division of the State Architect. The free, online database will serve as a resource for owners, architects, and contractors (particularly of upcoming CA school construction) to find environmentally preferable building products that have been screened against a comprehensive set of environmental, health, and performance criteria.

Envirosense

The Envirosense Consortium is a group of companies that collectively offers solutions and strategies to address indoor air quality and related environmental issues focused on a “Total Systems Approach.” This approach incorporates: building design and construction, product specifications, and operations and maintenance, as well as the collective impact that these systems have on the biosphere. The site offers IAQ facts & figures, news & events, LEED information, disaster remediation resources, and an extensive Envirolinks Directory.

EPA Air Toxics Rules and Implementations

Source for implementation tools (e.g. checklists, brochures) to help industrial facilities comply with EPA standards regulating emissions of toxic air pollutants. Includes National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rules, residual risk/technology rules, area source standards, solid waste rules (including infectious, municipal, and commercial/industrial waste), new source performance standards, rules for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), etc.

EPA Report on the Environment (2007)

Part of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Indicators Initiative, this page is designed to provide data for decision makers where environmental concerns are present. It uses available indicators and data to answer questions pertaining to national environmental and human health conditions. The documents describe current conditions, trends, and data gaps, with data available for specific geographic areas. The 2007 report will be available as an interactive, searchable Web site called the Electronic Report on the Environment.

EPA Superfund program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most contaminated land (hazardous waste sites or “brownfields,” such as abandoned warehouses and landfills) and responding to environmental emergencies, oil spills and natural disasters.

Ergonomics [OSHA]

This comprehensive safety and health topic page from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlines OSHA’s approach to fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population in order to assure high productivity, avoid illness and injury risks, and increase satisfaction among the workforce. The site covers OSHA guidelines, enforcement, and outreach and assistance, and explains contributing conditions for musculoskeletal disorders as well as possible solutions that can be implemented to reduce or eliminate ergonomic risks in the workplace.