This international, nonprofit trade association founded in 1909 promotes energy efficiency and environmental quality through the advancement of district heating, district cooling, and cogeneration (also known as combined heat and power or CHP). The association holds a major conference and trade show and other workshops, and provides an online forum for district energy professionals. It also publishes a quarterly magazine, a monthly online newsletter; the District Energy Resource Guide; and technical handbooks and videos. The site offers information about district energy, its history, and benefits; numerous resources; events; and news, including updates on legislative and regulatory issues.
An intergovernmental body acting as energy policy advisor to numerous member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy for their citizens. Its mandate incorporates energy security, economic development, and environmental protection. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration, and outreach to the rest of the world. The site offers extensive information, statistics, and publications on such topics as cleaner fossil fuels, demand analysis, electricity, energy efficiency, environment, natural gas, renewable energy, and sustainable development.
The Swiss-based federation of 40+ ergonomics and human factors societies from around the world. IEA produced a consensus definition of “ergonomics” in 2000, produced guidelines on Core Competencies in Ergonomics, maintains a Directory of Educational Programs in ergonomics covering 35 countries, and is establishing a program of certification for Ergonomics QUality In Design (EQUID). The site offers ergonomics articles, information about IEA projects and awards, a calendar, newsletters, and links to IEA-endorsed journals, other publications, and ergonomics assessment tools.
IFMA certifies FMs, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes FM degree and certificate programs, and produces World Workplace, one of the largest FM-related conference and exposition. The site offers industry news, product briefs, job postings, research and resources, and information on area and international IFMA chapter councils.
Non-political, independent, and non-profit union of numerous national and regional purchasing associations worldwide. IFPSM advocates for procurement professionals, including those involved in purchasing, materials management, logistics, supply chain management, and strategic sourcing. The site includes information on member associations, education, publications, research, and news.
An international nonprofit association comprised of individuals and companies that promote sustainable forms of energy production, renewable energy sources, sustainable design practices, and advanced thinking in environmental stewardship. The site offers information on legislation, GEC initiatives, events, links, and green tips.
This organization works to advance the energy and environmental performance of buildings worldwide. It offers a Sustainable Building Information System (SBIS) database to provide non-commercial and objective information about sustainable building practices around the world. iiSBE sponsors international sustainable building events.
IIDA is a professional networking and educational organization with chapters around the world. The site contains information on education, resources, events, and a dynamic online Knowledge Center with the latest research on topics such as industrial design, landscape architecture, sustainability, and more.
Non-governmental organization that conducts a range of activities to promote and develop occupational hygiene worldwide. The site includes news, a calendar, a forum, an online library and other resources, and links to key topics.
IOHA is a non-governmental organization that conducts a range of activities to promote and develop occupational hygiene worldwide. The site includes news, a calendar, a forum, an online library and other resources, and links to key topics.
The official organization for the development of standards, this is the direct source for information on ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO 9001 (quality management), and other international standard documentation. The site offers extensive ISO information, news, events, and publications.
Formed in January 2009, IRENA is an intergovernmental political organization that promotes a rapid transition towards the widespread global use of renewable energy in both developing and industrialized countries, in collaboration with various other organizations. The site offers access to reliable data on the potential of renewable energy, best practices, effective financial mechanisms, and state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies.
ISEA is the trade association in the US for companies that design and manufacture safety equipment and protective clothing used in factories, construction sites, hospitals and clinics, schools, laboratories, etc. Included are products for head, eye and face, respiratory, hearing, hand and fall protection; environmental monitoring instruments; safety warning signs and symbols; emergency eyewash and shower; first aid kits, clean room garments, and safety wearing apparel. The site includes ISEA news, a calendar, product standards and regulation, government relations, and a personal protective equipment (PPE) marketplace, including a buyer’s guide.
Founded in 1954, ISES is a nonprofit, UN-accredited NGO present in more than 50 countries, which promotes the use of renewable energy worldwide. The site offers ISES conferences and events, projects and initiatives worldwide, an online bookshop, and a list of corporate members.
Formerly the U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library, originally provided to the public by the U.S. House of Representatives, this site offers access to U.S. federal, state, and local laws, as well as foreign laws. Also provides legal forms and directories.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to moving renewable energy resources into the marketplace. It promotes the sustainable use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities. The site offers news, resources, and IREC programs such as The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE).
Produced by Management Alliances, this site offers information and training courses on ISO 14001 (environmental management), OHSAS 18001 (health and safety management), and ISO 9001 (quality management), including the popular ISO “pizza.”
Worldwide cleaning industry association. ISSA offers member benefits, trade shows, educational and training events and resources, workloading software, certification/standards, legislative and regulatory resources and training, news and periodicals that specifically focus on professional cleaning and maintenance, and so much more.
KL Security Enterprises has compiled a list of associations, agencies, and Web sites that offer specific information for every HIPAA compliance checklist. The HIPAA Compliance Solutions page offers more information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which mandates safeguards for physical and electronic storage and maintenance, transmission, and access to individual health information.
This page from the American Industrial Hygiene Association offers links to such topics as biosafety cabinets, chairs, glove boxes and equipment modification, along with links to regulatory standards and guidelines, and training materials.
This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses the unique safety and health issues of the laboratory workplace, particularly relating to occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals. The site offers OSHA’s “Laboratory Standard,” other relevant standards, how to produce a Chemical Hygiene Plan, how to recognize and evaluate specific hazards in the laboratory, possible solutions, training, and other resources.
This Web calculator developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab estimates annual laboratory fume hood energy use and costs for user-specified climates and assumptions about operation and equipment efficiencies.
From the publishers of Landscape Architect and Specifier News, Landscape Contractor National, and Landscape Superintendent and Maintenance Professional magazines, this online portal to the landscape development industry includes a product search feature; state-by-state directories of wholesale and retail product vendors and landscape/design/maintenance professionals; articles and research; links to associations; events; classifieds; and industry news.
This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses the common hazard of occupational overexposure to lead, which may be present in hazardous concentrations in food, water, and air, from sources such as paint and urban dust. The site offers relevant OSHA standards, health hazards from lead exposure, how lead exposure is evaluated and where it occurs, possible controls, training, OSHA’s Lead eTool, and other resources.
LEED is the US Green Building Council’s nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators tools for an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability encompassing: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Specific programs include: New Commercial Construction and Major Renovation projects, Existing Building Operations and Maintenance, Commercial Interiors projects, Core and Shell Development projects, Homes, Neighborhood Development, and Guidelines for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects.
LEED is the US Green Building Council’s nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators tools for an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. As a third-party certification program, LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability encompassing sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Specific programs include: New Construction and Major Renovations, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, Commercial Interiors, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Healthcare, Homes, and Neighborhood Development.
This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers information on Legionnaires’ disease, a bacterial disease commonly associated with water-based aerosols that OSHA says often results from poorly maintained air conditioning cooling towers and potable water systems. The site offers applicable OSHA and national consensus standards and examples of potential hazards and possible solutions.
The Library of Congress keeps the largest up-to-date listing of books and publications in the world. This site offers access to its databases, including a wide range of titles in facilities, real property, construction, design, and related fields.
An adjunct of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), LCA educates the professional building design, construction, and management communities about the benefits and operation of automatic switching and dimming controls. The site offers industry and product news, online education, and projects, including application guides.
Offers technical information, research, and education about lighting technologies, applications, and products. Research topics include daylighting, efficient products, solid-state lighting (LEDs), and more.
Free online source for lighting specifiers and buyers that provides information on thousands of lighting products and companies. Site includes a resource center, market reports, an online store, featured products, and news.
This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses issues related to “Lockout/Tagout”–specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. The site contains relevant OSHA standards, why LOTO is needed, examples of LOTO programs, and OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout eTool.
This Web-based communication platform was launched by Low Carbon Economy.com and the United Nation’s Climate Neutral Network and is aimed at speeding the transition to a green economy. It lists every country’s carbon policies, commitments, historical performance, future projections and opportunities, as well as other information.
This site from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contains general information on the various hazards of mechanical motion and techniques for protecting workers. OSHA says that any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded, and its hazards either eliminated or controlled. The page provides information on relevant OSHA standards, hazards from ineffective machine guarding, possible machine guarding solutions, and OSHA’s Machine Guarding eTool.
This site from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) addresses the machinery-related hazards present in virtually every industry, particularly in manufacturing and construction.
This site from the US Environmental Protection Agency addresses handling radioactive waste from such activities as mining, nuclear power generation, and various processes in industry, defense, medicine, and scientific research.
The recognized construction industry standard for more than 40 years, now with 50 divisions of construction information. The online version offers a Transition Guide to translate from Masterformat 95 numbers. Available online or as hard copy from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).
This commercial site offers information on suppliers, equipment, and services in the material handling industry, including such items as automated storage/retrieval systems, conveyor systems, cranes & hoists, lifting equipment, maintenance items, racking & shelving, software, etc. It also covers ergonomics, safety, and facilities planning.
This non-profit trade association represents the material handling and logistics industry. The site includes information and links to news, professional societies, publications, worldwide resources, education, events, and more.
This nonprofit, nationally recognized think tank informs the public about terrorism prevention and responder preparedness. The site includes four MIPT databases: Terrorism Knowledge Base, Terrorism Information Center, Responder Knowledge Base, and Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS.gov).
This facility in Chicago is reportedly the world’s largest commercial building and largest wholesale design center, with sixty percent of the building’s area devoted to wholesale showrooms. The site includes a database of all the tenants and a directory to products and services offered. The main Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) site lists all the properties MMPI manages (buildings devoted to wholesale showrooms and office space), as well as the trade shows and conferences MMPI produces.
This site deals with a disease caused by exposure to asbestos, particularly by repeated occupational exposure. It offers extensive research and information on mesothelioma, including the cause, symptoms, diagnosis, stages, treatment, and more.
Part of the Asbestos.Net Web site (see FMLink entry above), this site offers comprehensive information about the cancer mesothelioma, the only known cause of which is exposure to asbestos, particularly in an occupational setting.