Founded in 1976, ELCON is an association of large industrial consumers of electricity across the US and in many foreign countries, from virtually every manufacturing industry. ELCON advocates electric industry competition for reliable, affordable supplies in an open market. The site offers industry reports, policy updates, and publications.
An environmental procurement tool designed to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, notebook computers, and monitors based on their environmental attributes. Products are evaluated in the areas of: reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials, materials selection, design for end of life, life cycle extension, energy conservation, end of life management, corporate performance, and packaging. Database is searchable by product type or manufacturer.
This site from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy offers information on federal regulations and resources relating to ensuring emergency preparedness efforts fully consider and include individuals with disabilities.
This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contains information, safety standards, and resources for emergency responders. Topics include Hazardous Waste Operations, Chemical, Biological, Bioterrorism, Radiation, Personal Protective Equipment, Training and Education, and Equipment.
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.
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.
This page from the Renewable Energy Unit of the Institute for Environment & Sustainability of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides links to EU programs involving Lighting, Standby Loads, ESCOs, Electric Motors, and Buildings.
This California Energy Commission site lists ways to make commercial buildings more energy efficient in order to cut costs, improve comfort, and provide a more sustainable future. It includes: Cool Roof Program, Energy Bills & Commercial Programs, Enhanced Automation, High Performance Buildings (DOE’s EERE site), Lighting, Green Buildings, and Transportation Choices.
This portal from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change offers myriad resources to help businesses develop new and stronger energy efficiency strategies. The Web portal is part of a larger Pew Center project to document and communicate best practices in corporate energy efficiency strategies in internal operations, supply chains, products and services, and cross-cutting issues.
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.
This site from the Northwest Food Processors Association and partners provides a comprehensive collection of energy-specific Web resources, electronic documents, downloadable materials, and links to additional information.
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.
A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping Americans save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices, including energy management for homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities.
Offers information on products in more than 50 categories that qualify for the Energy Star because they use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment. Categories include appliances, heating & cooling, office equipment, lighting, and more.
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.
Builds on energy efficiency to perform research and analysis in a wide range of topics, from buildings to batteries to indoor air quality, the electricity grid, transportation and environmental impacts.
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.
A range of information, publications, news, and resources concerning energy management, useful for facilities and utilities professionals. Energy experts are available to answer technical questions about energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
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.
This Florida-based site contains practical information for environmental professionals in the Southeast US, with news, features and articles, a marketplace, publications, and an extensive directory of companies.
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.
This nonprofit organization provides environmental news, a discussion forum, and access to thousands of online environmental resources. Topics include: Air Quality, Sustainable Business, Sustainable Development, Urban Issues, Waste Management, and Water Quality.
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.
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.
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.
This resource for purchasers, environmental organizations, industry and individuals supports offers guidance on buying eco-friendly paper. It is provided by the Environmental Paper Network, a group of environmental organizations joined together to support socially and environmentally sustainable transformations within the pulp and paper industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a database listing all pesticides registered for the purpose of ridding a premises of these pests. The new search tool will let consumers choose an EPA-registered bed bug product that meets their needs and is safe if used according to label instructions.
Offers information about US Environmental Protection Agency libraries around the nation. Use EPA’s Online Library System (OLS) (shared library catalog) to search for books, reports, and journals that are available from EPA libraries, then contact a local public, corporate, or academic library to arrange for a loan.
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.
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.