Sustainability - Resources
American Association of Sustainabiality in Higher Education. (www.aashe.org)
National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program
NOAA's Climate Literacy brochure 2009
The guide was organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, parent agency of the National Climatic Data Center, along with the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Agency for International Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.The booklet is available online at: http://www.noaa.gov/climateliteracy.html and http://www.climatescience.gov.
EPA Global Warming Site
Excellent primer on the science of climate change and the roles of various institutional players. Site details impacts of climate change in various areas of the United States.
Designed for individuals and organizations interested in public outreach and education on climate change. Materials available through this service include brochures, fact sheets, slide shows, videos, and CD-ROMs.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change http://www.unfccc.de
The United Nations site on the climate change treaty negotiations. http://www.unfccc.de/resource/beginner.html
Understanding Climate Change: A Beginner's Guide to the United Nations Framework Convention. http://unfccc.int/essential_background/convention/items/2627.php
Extensive information about the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto protocol. http://www.unfccc.de/resource/docs/convkp/kpeng.html
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Has the full text of the Kyoto protocol http://www.ipcc.ch
Official site of the IPCC, a body of more than 2,000 scientists sponsored by and reporting to the United Nations.
Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School http://www.med.harvard.edu/chge
Human Health and Climate Change. A project of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, examining the public and ecological health impacts of El Niño events.
Goddard Institute for Space Studies http://www.giss.nasa.gov
HEED MD Program
Features pages on climate modeling, climate impacts and forcing, and effects of warming on agriculture and other areas. Reports are presented in accessible, non-technical prose. http://www.heedmd.org
National Climatic Data Center (of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
The Health Ecological & Economic Dimensions of Major Disturbances Program. Site devoted to health, ecological, and economic impacts of global change, focusing on impacts of changes in the oceans on human and marine ecosystem health. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov
National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration
The NCDC is the government's largest repository of U.S. weather data, including information about extreme weather events. NCDC is the source of a number of landmark climate studies by Tom Karl, David Easterling, and others. http://www.noaa.gov
U.S. Global Change Research Program
An excellent site for overview information on climate-related atmospheric and oceanic research and information. http://www.gcrio.org
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
The web page of the largest U.S. Government Agency on global environmental change (the U.S. Global Change Research Program). Very good resource for the basic science of climate change and a host of high-level scientific databases. http://cdiac.esd.ornl.gov/home.html
The primary global-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It has a huge data collection on CO2 emissions (by country and per capita); CO2 concentrations; long-term climate trends; the effects of elevated CO2 on vegetation; and the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea levels. http://www.pacinst.org/wildlife.html
Very extensive bibliography on climate change and its impacts on biodiversity. Compiled by the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security (Oakland, California).
World Meteorological Organization
RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. RealClimate provides a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science. http://www.wmo.ch
Good resource on global weather patterns, including El Niño and La Niña.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution http://www.whoi.edu/
WHOI is dedicated to research and higher education at the frontiers of ocean science. Its primary mission is to develop and effectively communicate a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics governing how the oceans function and how they interact with Earth as a whole.
(New Delhi, India)Centre for Science and Environment http://www.cseindia.org
US Climate Action Network
Excellent site especially for developing country perspectives on climate issues.
CNE (Climate Network of Europe)
Current information on science, impacts and political developments both domestic and international. Action alerts and political updates for activists.
This network is the European counterpart to the U.S. Climate Action Network. http://www.climate.org
Site includes information on the science of global warming, impacts (by region), green energy, global warming events, publications, links, etc.
Environmental Defense Fund
Especially strong on science, regional impacts, and renewable energy economic opportunities. Climate Protection Solutions: A compilation of practical "how-to" steps to reduce emissions by individuals and families, as well as commercial, agricultural, industrial, and public institutions.
A rich website that includes a major entry titled "Understanding the Forecast," a virtual museum of global warming examples. http://www.germanwatch.org
Excellent sources on issues in promoting sustainable and climate-friendly development in developing nations.
Ross Gelbspan's companion website to his book "The Heat is On."
The Heat Is On
National Environmental Trust http://www.environet.org
Excellent source for political developments, both internationally and in Congress, on global warming, information on science and impacts, and special reports on warming-related international equity issues and corporate efforts to block constructive initiatives.
Natural Resources Defense Fund http://www.nrdc.org
Informational updates on the status of international climate negotiations.
Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)
Primarily addresses global warming through domestic energy and deregulation issues such as pushing for higher auto mileage standards and improved air quality.
Sierra Club Global Warming Campaign page
Site is oriented toward citizen action in Congress to work on warming issues directly and also through legislative issues dealing with clean air, CAFÉ standards, and other domestic Initiatives.
Excellent primer on the basic scientific facts, causes, and impacts of global warming, with particularly good summaries of key scientific findings on various aspects of climate change.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Worldwatch Institute http://www.worldwatch.org
World Wildlife Fund
Home of very valuable, well researched reports on a range of subjects from renewable energy to climate change impacts on the insurance industry to the role of warming in desertification. http://www.worldwildlife.org/climate
Good overview of climate issues, featuring special WWF Reports, most recent of which focuses on the destructive impacts of warming on the marine environment.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency:
NGOs and governmental sites
Alliance to Save Energy http://www.ase.org
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
A storehouse of suggestions on how to cut energy use and waste, the site also tracks political developments in energy issues at both the national and state levels. http://www.aceee.org
This site specializes in consumer information on energy efficiency (e.g., guide to green cars and trucks, consumer guide to home energy savings).
Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology http://www.crest.org
Site for Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST). Information on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable planning, featuring a database of more than 2,500 energy efficiency and renewable energy annotated web links.
COMMEND: Community for Energy, Environment and Development http://www.energycommunity.org/
COMMEND is intended to foster a community among energy analysts working on sustainability analyses, through a range of complementary approaches including annual training workshops, a biannual newsletter, support for regional centers of expertise, online support forums and resources, and continued development of the Stockholm Environment Institute's LEAP system.
EPA's Green Lights and Energy Star Programs http://www.energystar.gov
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EERE)
EPA's Green Lights and Energy Star Programs promote energy efficient technologies from refrigerators to energy-efficient buildings. Tufts is a member of the Green Lights program. http://www.eere.energy.gov
Environmental Building News http://www.buildinggreen.com
A plethora of information on materials, design considerations and real-world building issues.
MTC Renewable Energy Trust Green Buildings Initiative http://www.masstech.org
The Massachusetts Green Buildings Initiative is a program of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Renewable Energy Trust. The Initiative's primary goal is to provide funding for commercial, industrial, municipal, and multifamily building projects that incorporate renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency measures, and high-performance building design. This Initiative acts as a key component of RET's comprehensive approach to fostering a sustainable, competitive marketplace for renewable energy in Massachusetts. For more information on the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, please visit
New Ecology, Inc. www.newecology.org
A private non-profit working to promote sustainable development in urban areas, particularly the greater Boston metropolitan area. New Ecology works primarily with three constituencies: community development corporations, private sector developers, and universities, as well as various public policy networks and partners. Its current work and research agenda is heavily focused on green building for affordable housing applications, including a collaborative research project with The Tellus Institute and the Boson office of the Local Initiative Support Corporation. In addition, New Ecology provides referral services to local CDCs for green building professionals and services.
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) http://www.nesea.org/
NESEA is the nation’s leading regional education and advocacy association that aims to accelerate the deployment and use of renewable energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency. NESEA produces major events that inspire and motivate large numbers of people to get involved and make a difference.
Rocky Mountain Institute
Excellent material on how to reduce energy use through a myriad of efficiency strategies. Features a section of FAQs which is quite extensive and very accessible.
US Business Council for Sustainable Energy
http://www.bcse.org/ Tracks developments in the renewable energy industry, especially as it relates to the ongoing international climate negotiations.
US Green Building Council (USGBC) http://www.usgbc.org/Resources/links.asp
The US Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Their links page provides a wealth of resources on green building.
has a very extensive news page with archives with over 15,000 articlesClimate Ark http://www.climateark.org/shared/news/
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change http://maindb.unfccc.int/media/headlines/
This site has a good press page with climate change news stories from all over the world.
Environmental News Service http://ens-news.com/
Grist Magazine http://www.gristmagazine.com
An excellent daily update of environmental news stories. You can also subscribe for free to get a short daily e-mail about the most important environmental news. (Grist has a national focus but also includes quite a few international news items.)