The Federal Renewable Energy Screening Assistant (FRESA) allows users to input building data and assess the benefits of adding renewable energy systems. This software, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is free and downloadable here.
"America the Beautiful
is disappearing bit by bit, day by day," according to the nonprofit
land protection organization Scenic America. "We see this loss
everywhere around us as our towns and
the Beautiful is disappearing bit by bit, day by day."
"America the Beautiful is disappearing bit by bit, day by day."
Scenic America wants to help. If your community has a scenic treasure that is threatened by residential sprawl, a new highway, or ridgeline development, and if you have a potential solution, you could be selected for assistance. Nominations are due by June 15, 2000. For more details, click here.
A new software program developed by researchers at the University of Florida helps builders and developers decide when it is economically beneficial to recycle buildings rather than landfilling them. Researchers concluded that in many instances it makes both economic and ecological sense to recycle. For more details, click here.
The City of Dublin, California
has adopted a Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance requiring
a Waste Management Plan as part of the city permitting process for
The ordinance is based on language contained in a model ordinance prepared by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority. The ordinance was prepared in partnership with developers and was refined through face-to-face meetings and visits to residential and commercial job sites.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced funding through its Public Housing Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program. The goal of this program is to provide grants for supportive services, resident empowerment activities and activities to assist residents in becoming economically self-sufficient. A total of $55 million is available, with a maximum grant of $240,000. The proposal deadline is May 9, 2000. For more details, click here.
The EPA is soliciting technical, analytical, and outreach support to assist landfills in developing gas recovery and utilization projects that reduce methane emissions. Goals include supporting the EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program -- to reduce landfill methane emissions on a domestic and international level. For more information, click here.
There are a growing number of websites where you can buy environmentally useful stuff AND have a portion of your expenditure go toward environmental projects. They include The Earthday Store at http://www.earthday.com/store, Working Assetís Shop for Change at http://www.shopforchange.com, and Care 2 Shopping at http://www.care2.com/shopping.
Time.com has assembled a
directory of 100 of what it considers the best green companies doing
business online. To check it out for yourself, click
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