Environmental Resources: Web Sites and Books

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Web Sites are listed in the following categories:

Commercial Entities

Educational Sites

International Sites

Nonprofit & Research Organizations

U.S. Federal Agencies' and State Government Sites

Books

Commercial Entities

Building Green

http://www.buildinggreen.com

The Building Green company maintains this web site to help educate people about sustainable architecture and construction. Background about the definition of green building, design strategies, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for construction projects are presented. Green building projects are described and case studies feature projects from around the world. (Adapted from The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2008. http://scout.wisc.edu/)

Green Guide

http://www.thegreenguide.com/

From the National Geographic, "Dubbed the 'green living source for today's conscious consumer,' the Green Guide makes living in an environmentally-aware way easy, understandable, and practical." The site features product reviews (for items such as shoes, appliances, bedding, cosmetics, household cleaning supplies, personal care items, and pest control techniques), lists of ingredients to avoid, articles (such as on what happens to donated clothes), videos, blogs, and more. Also includes information about the associated print publication. (Copyright 2008 Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)

Planet Green

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/

Website companion for "the first and only 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network." Features material related to health and beauty, food and health, home and garden, technology and transportation, travel and outdoors, and working. From Discovery Communications. (Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)

SeaLionPredation.com

http://www.sealionpredation.com/

Collection of links to news stories beginning in February 2008 about U.S. government actions to allow killing of California sea lions at the base of Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River (Oregon and Washington) in an effort to save one of their prey, the Chinook salmon. Also includes images and links to related material, such as sea lion predation studies. From Fishbio, a fisheries and ecological consulting firm. (Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)

Educational Sites

2008 Year of the Frog

http://www.amphibianark.org/yearofthefrog.htm

The main goal of this 2008 campaign (during a Leap Year) "is to generate public awareness and understanding of the amphibian extinction crisis which represents the greatest species conservation challenge in the history of humanity." The site features detailed global and regional information packets, a brochure, poster, and frog mask. Available in several languages. From Amphibian Ark, a joint program of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and other organizations. (Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)

Alternative Energy (AE): Human Power

http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/technology/human-powered/

Links to recent news about human energy sources. "Human kinetic energy can be transferred in a number of ways. Human energy is most commonly used to propel bicycles, but can also be used to generate electricity and power hand-crank tools. ... The articles on this page are about human kinetic energy and its many uses." Also includes links to related sites, many about human powered vehicles. From a site about alternative energy sources. (Copyright 2008 by Librarians' Internet Index, LII.)

Biology Animation Library

http://www.dnalc.org/ddnalc/resources/animations.html

Presented as part of a web site entitled "Gene Almanac" from the Dolan DNA Research Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Biology Animation Library provides a wealth of educational animations. …