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The American Farmland Trust provides a Farmland Information Library. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer


The NeighborWorks Net, by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, Neighborhood Housing Services of America and a national network of public and private partnerships, provides resources for community revitalization. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Public Technology Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the use of technology in cities and counties by elected officials and professional managers. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Energy Conservation

The U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies Program includes assessment and energy efficiency strategies. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The Federal Energy Management Program provides information and success stories on Energy-saving technologies, product energy-efficiency recommendations. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Environmental Health

Managed and operated by the International City/County Management Association, the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network is a clearinghouse of environmental information for local government. It provides 24-hour access to regulatory and pollution prevention information, message boards, regulatory updates, grants and financing information. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Visit EPA's Climate Change web site for information on this topic.

WaterWiser is the American Water Works Association's Water Efficiency Clearinghouse. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

There are several water quality monitoring guides on the US EPA's web site including:
Estuaries: Volunteer Estuary Monitoring: A Methods Manual
Lakes: Volunteer Lake Monitoring: A Methods Manual
Streams: Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual

US EPA's Rapid Bioassessment Protocols For Use in Streams and Wadeable Rivers report gives information on using organisms for problem screening, site ranking, and trend monitoring of water quality.

The SOS Stream Study provides a method to determine the water quality of a stream based on the collection and identification of stream-bottom macroinvertebrates such as crayfish, mussels, aquatic snails, aquatic worms, and the larvae of aquatic insects. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The Water Librarians' Home Page is an unusually comprehensive list of resources for water scientists, engineers, and librarians. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The American Fisheries Society provides information on fish and wildlife consumption advisories in the US and Canada. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The North American Lake Management Society is a volunteer organization which protects lakes and reservoirs. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives is an association of local governments dedicated to preventing and solving local, regional, and global environmental problems through local action. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Keep America Beautiful is a non-profit organization whose network of local, statewide and international affiliate programs educates individuals about litter prevention and ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and properly manage waste materials. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The Solid Waste Association of North America works to advance the practice of economically and environmentally sound solid waste management in North America. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Biodiversity and Conservation is a Hypertext Book by Peter J. Bryant on the value of biological diversity. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The The Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network provides greater and more useful access to biodiversity information. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The Fragile Fringe - A Guide for Teaching About Coastal Wetlands provides a basis from which a comprehensive study of coastal wetlands can be developed by teachers.Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The Waste Water Engineering Virtual Library directs you to resources, trade organizations, government agencies, etc. dealing with waste water. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Coastlines, a publication of EPA's National Estuary Program, will bring you the latest news and information about estuaries, near-coastal waters, and the National Estuary Program.

Acid Deposition - This statement from the American Meteorological Society addresses the present state of knowledge and uncertainty about atmospheric aspects of the acid deposition (a.k.a. acid rain) phenomenon.Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Land Use

Growing Greener: Putting Conservation into Local Codes is a resource available through the Natural Lands Trust, Inc. Media, PA and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The Energy Yardstick: Using Place3's To Create Sustainable Communities [PDF, 160 pp., 2.58MB]. PLACE3S is an urban planning method designed to help communities discern an effective path toward sustainability. It is unique because it employs energy as a yardstick to measure the sustainability of urban design and growth management plansExit EPA Click for Disclaimer


EPA's National Library Network Program provides links to over 30 EPA libraries including regional and laboratory libraries as well as the Legislative Reference Library, the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Library and the Law Library.

The National Library for the Environment is a virtual library which includes reference sources such as the Environmental Yellow Pages, dictionaries and glossaries, a population and environmental database, briefing books, Congressional Research Service Reports, environmental laws and treaties and local environmental information. Especially useful is the picklist menu containing links for over fifty other environmental virtual libraries. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Overall Sustainability

Center for Neighborhood Technology provides resources to help make urban communities sustainable. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Here is a very comprehensive "Guide to Internet Resources in Sustainable Development" complied at West Virginia University. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer


The Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program. Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program provides technical assistance for small communities of less than 50,000 people. The focus of the program is economic development. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

The Transportation Action Network provides information on topics such as sprawl and its impact on aggressive driving. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer


The Smart Communities Network's Codes and Ordinances site contains a wide range of urban codes and ordinances that help create sustainable communitiesExit EPA Click for Disclaimer

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