The Utah Office of Energy Services and Utah State University have produced interactive CD-ROMs that provide a fun way to learn about energy and insulation. Energy Field Trip provides lessons on where electricity and energy come from, with field trips into coal, oil, nuclear, hydroelectric, and natural gas facilities. Insulate provides lessons on the efficiency of different insulating materials, the new energy code, and differences between types of insulation, as well as heat transfer and thermal envelopes. For more information, visit http://www.aste.usu.edu/docs/energy.htm.
A new website, the NonProfit Gateway, is a one-stop shop for information on how the federal government can empower non-profit groups. The site provides information on grants, budgets, volunteer opportunities, and agency partnerships for several federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Agriculture. For more information, visit the website at http://www.nonprofit.gov.
Charging Ahead: The Business of Renewable Energy and What It Means for America stresses the economic benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency and illustrates that sustainable energy sources are affordable, available, and inevitable. The book discusses a number of renewable energy sources and policies that can accelerate a transition to a sustainable energy economy. For more information, contact Lundie Guerard at 510-236-2058; Email Lundie@best.com or visit http://www.charging-ahead.com.
A new book, Going Local, provides details about how dozens of communities are regaining control over their economies by employing innovative new strategies. For more information, visit the website at http://www.dev-works.com/goinglocal.html.
A Green Guide to Cars and Trucks, published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, is the first-ever comprehensive environmental ratings for cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. The book gives a Green Score ranking to every 1998 American vehicle, which is based on a vehicle's air pollution health costs, global warming pollution, and other specifications. To access the guide online, visit http://www.aceee.org/greenguide.
Green Communities, Green Jobs, produced by the Community Information Exchange, discusses how communities are at the front of a movement to combine economic development with environmental protection. A partner publication, Case Studies on Communities Creating Jobs and Protecting the Environment, contains 20 case studies. For more information, visit http://www.comminfoexch.org/pub-desc/sa50.htm.
Most urban areas today face difficulty when redeveloping contaminated urban lands-better known as brownfields. The Urban Land Institute's new publication, Turning Brownfields into Greenbacks: Developing and Financing Environmentally Contaminated Urban Real Estate, is a guide for real estate practitioners in the development of brownfields. The book was written by Robert A. Simons, an associate professor of real estate and urban planning at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
Turning Brownfields into Greenbacks offers realistic methods and techniques. Because part of the process involves working with the public sector to obtain grants, loans, and other aid, the public perspective is intermingled with the developer's throughout the book. Both developers and public officials will learn which brownfields are good candidates for redevelopment, and what subsidies and other inducements are needed to encourage it.
More than 50 tools and strategies are outlined on how to secure sources of financing, maneuver through government regulations, reduce liability, undertake remediation, and get loan guarantees and assurances. Also provided is expert advice on managing the brownfields redevelopment process including exclusion strategies, state voluntary cleanup programs, preparing preliminary remediation and financing plans, controlling and remediating the site, permanent financing, and preserving environmental conditions after completion.
Thirteen case studies, representing a spectrum of project types in cities throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand, provide practical examples and details on how others have successfully employed these methods in dealing with a variety of contaminants.
To order Turning Brownfields into Greenbacks (order #TO5) call 1-800-321-5011. The cost for ULI members is $49.95; the cost for nonmembers is $59.95.
A new website features dozens of recommendations and implementation strategies, as well as model curricula, for sustainably oriented approaches to architectural education. Also included are numerous links to related areas. For more details, visit the website at http://www.bsu.edu/cap/ease.
Dollars from Sense: The Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy, published by the U.S. Department of Energy, illustrates the direct economic benefits, including job creation, of investing in renewable energy technologies. Each of the most promising technologies is examined, emphasizing the impact that individual projects have had on the state and the local community. This document can be downloaded on-line, or ordered at no charge from: EREC, P.O. Box 3048, Merrifield, VA 22116. Call: 800-363-3732; Email email@example.com.
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