The following is a sampling of web sites that focus on promoting sustainability, climate change, and educating and preparing a green workforce.
Web sites on Climate Change and Promoting Sustainability
American College Personnel Association (ACPA): ACPA is an international association of student affairs professionals and one of the founding organizations of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC). ACPA’s Task Force on Sustainability provides resources for college educators to develop and expand sustainable programs and efforts on their campuses. www.myacpa.org/task-force/sustainability
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEE): This national organization provides economic data, research findings, and policy recommendations on energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, and environmental issues. www.aceee.org
American Public Power Association (APPA): APPA offers a summary of Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs), a financing mechanism available through the Internal Revenue Service for public-sector renewable energy installations. www.appanet.org
Apollo Alliance: The Apollo Alliance is a coalition of business, labor, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution in America to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, cut the carbon emissions that are destabilizing our climate, and expand opportunities for American businesses and workers. www.apolloalliance.org
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE):
AASHE serves colleges and universities in the United States and Canada and provides information and resources for postsecondary institutions working to craft and advance a strategic agenda for campus sustainability. www.aashe.org/about/programs.php
Center for American Progress (CAP): Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and actions. CAP’s policy experts cover a range of issue areas and often work across disciplines to tackle complex, interrelated issues such as national security, energy, and climate change.
Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP): CA-CP works with campuses, businesses, communities, and government agencies in the northeastern United States to develop and implement solutions to global warming. Among its resources is a Campus Carbon Calculator to help colleges and universities perform an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE): DSIRE provides comprehensive information on renewable energy and energy-efficiency incentives available through federal, state and local governments, and public utilities.
Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS): DANS is an informal network of professional associations in 20 disciplines, ranging from biology, chemistry, and engineering to anthropology, political science, and journalism that focuses on: (1) infusing sustainability into curriculum, standards, tenure requirements, and accreditation criteria; and (2) educating the public on sustainability. www.aashe.org/dans/
Energy Action Coalition: Founded in June 2004 by youth climate leaders, the Energy Action Coalition unites a diversity of organizations in an alliance that supports and strengthens the student and youth clean energy movement in North America.
Green Restaurant Association: This nonprofit organization has developed a comprehensive database of environmentally responsible products for the food service industry.
Higher Education Association’s Sustainability Consortium (HEASC): HEASC is an informal network of higher education associations formed to advance sustainability among their membership and on college and university campuses.
National Wildlife Federation: National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program promotes climate leadership and sustainability among colleges and universities by providing resources and technical support, creating networking opportunities, and organizing education events. www.nwf.org/campusecology
Pew Center on Global Climate Change: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change brings together business leaders, policymakers, scientists, and other experts to bring a new approach to a complex and often controversial issue. Pew’s approach is based on sound science, straight talk, and a belief that we can work together to protect the climate while sustaining economic growth. www.pewclimate.org
RecycleMania: RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste-reduction activities in their campus communities. RecycleMania is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition. www.recyclemaniacs.org
Second Nature: Second Nature is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainability education at colleges and universities.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): The USGBC has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. www.usgbc.org
U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development: This partnership of individuals, organizations, and institutions is dedicated to promoting the integration of sustainable development into education, training, and learning.
Web sites on Educating and Preparing a Green Workforce
Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC): ATEEC, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Community College District, was created to help two-year colleges share information, ideas, and best practices in environmental and energy technology education. www.ateec.org
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE): AEE is a nonprofit professional society whose mission is to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. AEE provides industry standards for training and certification in such areas as energy management and lighting efficiency. www.aeecenter.org
ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: ATTRA provides information on sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events, programs, and funding, and links to sustainable agriculture education programs at two- and four-year colleges. www.attra.ncat.org
Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE): BCSE was created in 1992 by leaders from the energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, independent power, and electric utility industries to promote economic growth through sustainable energy development. www.bcse.org
Center for Energy and Wokforce Development (CEWD): CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations - Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. CEWD is teaming with secondary and post secondary educational institutions and the workforce system to create workable solutions to address the need for a qualified, diverse workforce. www.cewd.org
Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) at University of Wisconsin-Madison: COWS is a national policy center and field laboratory for high-road economic development — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government. Some areas of COWS' program focus are: economic and workforce development; sectoral strategies and career pathways; clean energy and energy efficiency; labor markets and job improvement; and strategies for improving low-wage work. http://www.cows.org/
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC): IREC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the adoption and use of renewable energy sources and technologies. Its workforce development initiatives include efforts to create competency and certification standards for renewable energy professionals and training programs. www.irecusa.org
Green for All: Green For All is a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green for All advocates for local, state, and federal commitment to job creation, job training, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the emerging green economy – especially for people from disadvantaged communities – to fight both poverty and pollution. www.greenforall.org
Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE): PETE’s mission is to provide leadership in environmental technology training and education at community and technical colleges. It offers model curricula and other instructional resources. www.ateec.org/pete
Skills USA: Skills USA is a national partnership that has developed programs for high school and college students preparing for careers in the skilled trades and technical fields. www.skillsusa.org
The Blue Green Alliance: Launched in 2006, the Blue Green Alliance is a strategic initiative led by the United Steelworkers and partners. The alliance focuses on three key issues: global warming and clean energy; fair trade; and reducing toxics. www.bluegreenalliance.org
The Corps Network: The Corps Network is the voice of the nation’s 136 Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in 42 states and the District of Columbia, the Corps annually enrolls more than 26,000 young men and women in service. Service and Conservation Corps provide a wealth of conservation, infrastructure improvement, and human service projects. www.corpsnetwork.org