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globeThe American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment
The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.

New Links:
 
Massasoit Community Collge Library "Sustainability" LibGuides
http://massasoit.mass.libguides.com/sustainability_resources

CONNECT "Green" Campus Efforts
http://connectsemass.org/sustainability.html

Why Going Green is Good for Consumers, Business, and the Economy

http://www.greenworksusa.info/

Cape Light Compact
http://www.capelightcompact.org/

Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090515/NEWS/905150324

Brockton Brightfields
The City of Brockton has redeveloped a former manufactured gas plant site, or brownfield, into a brightfield
— a solar energy generating station that converts sunlight to electricity. Download the brochure.

Native plants
http://www.epa.gov/greenacres/awards.html
http://news.ncsu.edu/news/2008/04/lg%20going%20native.php

Solar power
http://www.sunpowercorp.com/
http://www.masstech.org/renewableenergy/commonwealth_solar/index.html

Community College role in preparing people for jobs in the “green” economy
http://chronicle.com/daily/2008/10/5211n.htm

Article on new Green Jobs

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26994018/from/ET/

Article on the Smart Car
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26992491/from/ET/

Article on Geothermal Supporters
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27068984/from/ET/

Article on Wind Power
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27068747/from/ET/

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The Secret Life Series
Ever wonder what happens when we toss old cell phones in the trash? Take the paper we read in the morning, and the jeans and t-shirts we wear. Have you ever considered what impacts these products have on the environment, from beginning to end? INFORM’s Secret Life Series is a collection of videos that highlight the environmental impacts of everyday products we all use.

>> The Secret Life of Paper
>> The Secret Life of Cell Phones

The Devastating Environmental Cost of Plastic Bags 
The EPA reports that between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are produced each year. This flash slide show shows where they go.

20 Things You Didn't Know About Garbage
This link concerns recycling and waste removal.
 
Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC)
A very interesting website, ATEEC has just released 7 new virtual field trips created by environmental science instructors.

League for Innovation in the Community Colleges' Sustainability Symposium
Eighteen League Member colleges participated in the symposium, which explored ways community colleges are working to make their campuses and communities not only more environmentally responsible, but also as self-sustaining as possible.

National Grid Newsletter
A newsletter for account managed customers.

The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council was created to change the dialogue about and the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide.

Community Wind Maps
As a resource for communities, The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has created an Atlas of maps for communities to use as a first cut overview of the wind resource.

LEED® Green Building Rating System™
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Developed by USGBC, LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED is a practical rating tool for green building design and construction that provides immediate and measurable results for building owners and occupants.

Second Nature
Since 1993, Second Nature (SN) has worked with over 4,000 faculty and administrators at more than 500 colleges and universities to help make the principles of sustainability the foundation of all learning, practice, and collaboration with local communities.

H2ouse - Water Saver Home Tour
Take the tour to investigate your water saving opportunities in each area of your home. Click on each location to show you both the facts and specific advice.

EPP Event Hosts Three Countries  (13Mb PDF - very large)
The 13th Annual EPP Vendor Fair and Conference, held at the DCU Center in Worcester on October 30, registered a record breaking crowd of 1300 attendees, over 155 exhibitors of innovative, energy and dollar saving environmental products and services, and hosted delegations of attendees from both Canada and Mexico in addition to the US.
( December 2007 Newsletter of the Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program )

The Leading by Example Program
The Leading by Example Program was created by Executive Order No. 484, issued by Governor Deval Patrick on April 18, 2007 to help state agencies minimize the environmental impacts of their operations and activities and to promote innovative solutions to critical environmental problems.

EOEEA Leading by Example Program
The Leading by Example Program was created by Executive Order No. 484, issued by Governor Deval Patrick on April 18, 2007 to help state agencies minimize the environmental impacts of their operations and activities and to promote innovative solutions to critical environmental problems.
 
OSD EPP Program
EPPs are competitively priced, high performance products and services that can be obtained from over three dozen statewide contracts. They can render significant savings while reducing the state's impact on the environment and public health.
 
Wind Site Screening Tool
This tool will help you evaluate potential sites for wind energy. It's interactive, so you can look at wind speeds across the whole state or zoom in on a location or address you want to investigate.
 
National Wildlife Campus Ecology
The Campus Ecology program of the National Wildlife Federation promotes climate leadership and sustainability among colleges and universities by providing resources and technical support, creating networking opportunities and organizing education events.
 
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is a member organization of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future.

Clean Air Cool Planet
Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) is the region's leading organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming.
 
Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence
The mission of the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2) is to support the continued improvement of environmental performance in higher education through environmental professional networking...
 
EPA College and University Program
Since 1999, EPA New England has been leading a College & University Initiative, working to improve environmental performance at the more than 300 institutions of higher learning in New England. The Initiative, through a three-phased integrated strategy, has combined its enforcement activities with a proactive assistance program.

EPA EnergyStar Program
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
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