The mission of this self-regulatory organization since 1968 has been to ensure the reliability of the bulk electric system in North America. The site addresses Standards, Compliance, Assessments, Awareness, Readiness, and Training.
A clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for NC and beyond. The site covers extensive resources, NCSC programs, research, professional development and technical assistance services, and the NCSU Solar House. Topics include: solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, biofuels, buildings, and CHP.
A regional nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency in homes, buildings, and industry in the Northeast US through regionally coordinated programs and policies that increase the use of energy-efficient products, services, and practices. The site offers news, publications, a calendar, and information on regional energy-efficiency initiatives, public policy, appliance standards, building operator certification, high-performance schools, and building energy codes.
This Web portal from Energy Intelligence, a leading publisher of energy information services, tracks the evolution of US energy policy under President Barack Obama and includes analytical articles, resources, a weekly poll and other useful information.
Part of the US Department of Labor (DOL), this federal agency’s mission is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. The site offers news, information on OSHA regulations for various industries, compliance assistance, information on enforcement and voluntary safety and health programs, and resources for numerous occupational safety and health topics.
Web-based office space referral and information network with local office space leasing and sales professionals in over 400 markets. The site offers an Office Space Calculator and other leasing information.
A division of the US Department of Energy. The site offers news, education, events, and information about clean energy technologies. Technology programs include: Biomass; Building Technologies; Federal Energy Management; Geothermal Technologies; Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, & Infrastructure Technologies; Industrial Technologies; Solar Energy Technologies; Vehicle Technologies; Weatherization & Intergovernmental; and Wind & Hydropower Technologies.
This site offers information, guidance, resources, and recommendations to help users address the requirements of this international occupational health and safety management standard, and to manage health and safety more effectively.
This site focuses on disseminating information to professionals whose work promotes sustainable design and construction. Oikos offers architects, designers, building contractors, consultants and consumers detailed information on products and techniques, as well as numerous publications. It includes a searchable database of sources of building materials and equipment with environmental benefits.
This open-source Web platform from the U.S. Department of Energy makes DOE resources and open energy data widely available to the public. Data and tools on the free, editable and evolving wiki-platform can be used by government officials, the private sector, project developers, the international community and others to help deploy clean energy technologies across the country and around the world.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has developed two business continuity programs: Open for Business (OFB) is the Institute’s comprehensive planning program, and OFB-EZ is a streamlined tool for small businesses that may not have the time or resources to create an extensive plan to recover from business interruptions.
A step-by-step guide from the US Department of Occupational Safety and Health that identifies major OSHA requirements and guidance materialshelpful as an introduction to compliance assistance resources applicable to specific workplaces.
This Web page provides a wide variety of safety and health tools, products and information for small businesses. One feature allows employers to estimate the costs of work-related injuries and illnesses and the estimated impact on a company’s bottom line. Another computes the projected sales growth that would be needed to cover the costs associated with those injuries and illnesses.
This site from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers information about ozone depletion, the regulatory approach to protecting the ozone layer, and alternatives to ozone-depleting substances.
This site from the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is the official federal site for information on pandemic and avian influenza. It offers general information; planning and response instructions for an outbreak; news; outbreak monitoring; and a Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist [NEEL: LINK TO http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/businesschecklist.html ] .
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels. This OSHA site offers information on addressing the hazards present; the selection, maintenance, and use of PPE; training employees; and monitoring a workplace PPE program to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.
This site from the US Environmental Protection Agency offers information and resources on pesticides, related safety and health standards, and training, in both English and Spanish. It includes pages on Worker Safety & Training, Using Pesticides Safely, and Emergency Information.
Formerly the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA), PLANET is an international association serving lawn care professionals, landscape management contractors, design/build/installation professionals, and interior plantscapers. Non-member users can find a professional or a supplier, as well as certification information and career information, and access the bookstore. Member firms have direct access to marketing tools, industry-specific business publications, updates on legislative issues, and networking opportunities.
Plant Engineering is the problem-solving resource for industrial plant engineers and managers. The online and print magazine provides useful technical and operational guidance, helping engineers solve problems, improve operations, increase profits, and ensure reliability in the design, selection, installation, operation, modification, and maintenance of industrial plant equipment and systems. The site includes information on and links to industry events, products, research, and Webcasts, and announces the magazine’s Product of the Year awards.
This site, the result of a partnership between the US Green Building Council, the City of Seattle, and 20 other entities, including various US cities and counties, non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies, and utilities, strategies, tips, and tools for cities and counties looking to take immediate action on climate change through green building, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure.
The Playbook is designed for elected officials and senior managers and staff who are developing and implementing local climate action plans.
This site from the US Environmental Protection Agency promotes pollution prevention–reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream. It gives local and regional contacts, funding information, laws and policies, partnerships for sustainable business practices and cleaner technologies, technical assistance, case studies, online calculators, and publications.
This online tool from the US Environmental Protection Agency helps building owners, managers, and investors take control of their energy and water consumption. It streamlines energy and water data, and tracks key consumption, performance, and cost information portfolio-wide, for a variety of commercial buildings.
A wealth of information on the electric power generation industry. Includes magazine archives, free product information, publications, events, and an online Buyers’ Guide, updated throughout the year, that provides company, product, and service directories.
A wealth of national and international news, information, and features about the deregulating, competitive electric power industry. Online services are provided free-of-charge for PMA members and non-members. The site also offers classified ads for energy equipment, and extensive lists of links for alternative energy resources, energy industry organizations and service companies, energy information resources, natural gas, electricity deregulation, and more.
This site from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contains safety tips to help prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power. It includes information on carbon monoxide poisoning, preventing electrocution, worker safety in storm and flood cleanup, etc.
Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. This Web site provides information on how to use them safely, including information on basic operating rules and how workplace conditions can affect safe operation.
This Illinois-based company sells material handling products used around the world. Its site offers a Resources section with Literature on material handling issues such as sustainability, collision avoidance and ergonomics, as well as a Glossary of floor mat and wood pallet terms and the HAACP Seven Principles. The site’s Material Handling Blog offers interesting news related to safety issues, Material Handling in the Movies, and more.
This framework of guidelines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy serves as a launching point for federal agencies as they re-evaluate and strengthen their Occupant Emergency Plans (OEPs). It reflects the effective practices of nearly 20 federal agencies. Topics are explored in light of four phases of emergency preparedness plans: development, implementation, practice, and maintenance. The evolving document will be updated periodically.
This Web-based eTool from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers ergonomics guidelines to help keep workers involved in printing processes from developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). It is divided into three process pages that correspond to the major styles of printing: Lithography, Flexography, and Screen Printing.
The majority of PGMS members are institutional grounds managers who work for organizations such as colleges and universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, office parks, apartment complexes, hotels/motels, cemeteries, theme parks, etc. The site includes information about education, events, PGMS partners, publications, Green Star Awards, certification, and a forum for members.
InterfaceAnalysis offers links to professional organizations and societies in the areas of human factors/engineering psychology, user interface design/HCI, workplace ergonomics/safety, Web site design/computing, and technical training/education.
International not-for-profit advocacy association for the project management profession. Includes PM professionals from numerous countries and major industries. PMI establishes project management standards, and provides seminars, educational programs, and professional certification. Site includes membership information, news, training events, and publications.
Developed by Moman Architects of Round Rock, Texas, this site brings together resources for commercial property development, answering a need for such an online community of related professionals. The interactive cross-platform resource tool brings together developers, investors, architects, real estate agents and brokers, financial institutions, title companies, engineers/consultants and investors in one place.
PERI is a not-for-profit information provider that serves the risk management needs of local governments, small businesses, and small nonprofit entities by providing enterprise risk management information, training, data, and data analysis. The site offers a Data Exchange; Publications, Tools, and Resources; an e-Training Center; and a Bookstore.
PWGSC supports the daily operations of nearly 106 federal departments and agencies in the Government of Canada. Services include: purchasing goods and services on behalf of the government; providing government office accommodations; managing national heritage properties; and offering IT, telecommunications, translation, banking, auditing, and many other services to the government.
The online portal of Quality magazine, a free monthly business publication serving the quality assurance and process improvement needs of manufacturing professionals. The magazine reports on the use of sound metrology methods, statistical analysis, and process improvement techniques to significantly improve quality on the shop floor and in manufacturing planning. Focuses on the practical application of and latest advancements in: metrology methods and equipment, software and analytical tools, and quality management (ISO/QS 9000 standards, etc.)
This site from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contains information about being prepared and reacting to an emergency involving radiation or radioactive materials. It includes information for the general public, first responders, clinicians and hospitals, and the public health community.
This site from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers information about EPA’s Radiation Protection Programs; topics of interest related to radiation and radiation protection; additional information about radiation such as laws and regulations; and the latest news about radiation protection issues.
This site from the US Environmental Protection Agency uses an interactive virtual community of schools, homes, construction equipment, and more to show where radiation can be found. Click on the pictures to learn about radiation sources or radiation- treated items that might be found there. The information is organized in fact sheets, with links to additional information resources. Every fact sheet includes the types of radiation sources at the location, the roles that federal, state, and local governments play in protection and control, and normal steps that individuals can take to protect themselves.
Part of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov Web site, this site offers information to protect all businesses, including federal government agencies, from all types of emergencies, including cyber threats. The Additional Resources page offers links on Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, Evacuation and Shelter Planning, Assess Building Air Protection, and Cyber Security.
This site includes a lot of real estate and real property activity with significance far beyond the New York City metropolitan area that it serves. The group is very active on many fronts in legislative and regulatory arenas. The site offers a list of members’ Web sites, education, a calendar, publications, and online leases.
The Real Estate Service Providers page of the Rebuz Real Estate Search Engine and Directory offers links to Web sites providing information on education, associations, finding licensed professionals, etc., in the Architecture and Interior Design industries.
Real estate search engine and directory with extensive links to real estate associations, construction, commercial real estate (CRE) financing, residential financing, mortgage calculator tools, real estate jobs, markets, properties, property management, real estate research resources, service provider directory, and real estate technology sites. Offers news on CRE research, tech, and transactions, as well as mortgage calculator tools and current interest rates.
Reed Construction DataÕs portfolio of products and services includes national, regional and local construction data, building product information, construction cost data, market analytics and advertising channels to construction industry professionals in the United States and Canada. Reed Design Registry is a database of more than 30,000 U.S. architectural firms. RSMeans (see FMLink listing below) provides construction cost data, training, and consulting services. Reed Construction Data Canada offers similar project leads services throughout their provinces.