Energy Connections, a new e-mail newsletter from the Department of Energy, offers money saving tips on energy efficiency, up-to-the-minute weblinks, an early line on exciting new technologies being developed at DOE labs, and valuable consumer news. It is also designed to help readers share energy saving ideas.
This quarterly journal includes feature articles, survey information, critiques of indicators, and other useful sections. To see samples of articles and check out links to indicators projects around the country, click here.
The Sustainable Building Residential Rehabilitation Guidebook, produced by the City of Los Angeles and Global Green USA, focuses on healthy, efficient, and affordable building strategies for residential rehabilitation projects. (Note: Requires Adobe Acrobat 4.0.) To check it out, click here.
A new downloadable maintenance tracking system is now available from North40 Software. Called KeepItUp!, the software helps users manage the maintenance of a wide range of equipment and tools.
Among other features, it will assist with:
Use of such systems can lower operating costs, improve operating performance and reliability, and extend equipment life. To check it out, visit http://www.north40software.com/page6.htm. For a preview with screen captures, visit http://www.north40software.com/page9.htm.
The Sustainable Lakes Project of the Minnesota Lakes Association is completing a detailed workbook on sustainable lakes management practices. It will include a model process for lake management planning, instructions on conducting a lakeshore property owners survey, color watershed maps, five pilot lake management plants, a Data Assessment Manual and a series of articles on land-use impacts.
For more information, visit the Association online at http://www.mnlakesassn.org or write the Association at P.O. Box 321, Brainerd, MN 56401.
"It is increasingly evident that business and industry's current patterns of consumption and production are not sustainable. The
Think this sounds like the Sierra Club? Think again. For a truly stereotype shattering read, check out what the Society of Automotive Engineers has to say about Sustainable Development here.
The Solar Collector has been published in print form by the Florida Solar Energy Center for nearly a quarter century. Starting this year, the Center is publishing The Solar Collector online. It includes news, features, "sundries," and links to a wide variety of other online resources.
ACEEE (The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) has released its annual report, the Green Book, which ranks new cars by environmental impact. According to the Council, the several new hybrid cars released this year are "the first truly next generation green technology." For more details, visit http://greenercars.com.
Significant opportunities to save money and improve product quality through water and energy efficiency are available to semiconductor fabrication plants, according to a new report from the Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center.
Energy and Water Efficiency for Semiconductor Manufacturing spells out how energy efficiency can produce returns beyond utility bill savings, the linkages between energy and water efficiency, how to overcome institutional and other barriers, and many other specific points concerning how to best achieve these benefits.
Waste Management has launched a new global online exchange for the trade of post industrial and post consumer fiber and non-fiber commodities. The new site provides visitors with an easily used method for purchasing commodities from Recycle America (a Waste Management service), as well as provides a venue for listing commodities a visitor might have available for sale.
The site also offers market trends information for selected commodities. To check out Waste Managementís Commodities Exchange, visit http://commodities.wm.com/wmx/exchange.nsf.
Environmental Defense is
offering a pair of useful web pages for those who want to get real about
their personal contribution to pollution. You can easily see how much
your vehicle pollutes by using the calculation form provided here,
and you can find out just why it matters here.
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