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Internet Resources for Eco-Festival 2016

KCC Eco-Festival 2016 Internet Resources

Selected Websites for Environmental Education

Selected Websites for Environmental Education

Topics:  Bioscience, Business & Economics, Climate Change, Earth Science, Energy, Environmental Arts & Design,Environmental Justice,Farming & Food, Green Jobs, Health & Medicine, History, News, Water, Wilderness & Wildlife



Action Bioscience – Promoting Bioscience Literacy

Peer-reviewed articles by scientists, science educators, and science students covering the environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, and bioscience education.

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

BHL is a consortium of U.S. and U.K. botanical and natural history libraries.  The website includes a digitized collection of some 46,000 titles dating back to 1450 that relate to biodiversity. 

Conservation Gateway
Covers conservation planning, key topics, and work conducted around the world by the Nature Conservancy.

Conservation Topics from NatureServe

News, publications, and data covering endangered ecosystems and species.

Global Invasive Species Database

Database of invasive species covering “all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems.”  Experts located throughout the world provide and/or review the data.

Knowledge Project:  Ecology

Peer-reviewed journal articles written by experts covering all aspects of ecology including conservation, community ecology, and animal behavior.

Microbial Life – Educational Resources

Resources examining various aspects of microbiology including the ecology, diversity, and evolution of micro-organisms.

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC), from the USDA

A clearinghouse of information for all manner of invasive species.

USGS:  Ecosystems

Highlights from research pertaining to ecosystems, invasive species, and wildlife.

Business & Economics


Ethisphere Institute is an international think-tank “dedicated to the creation, advancement, and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption, and sustainability.”

The Happy Planet Index

The Happy Planet Index measures human well-being as it relates to efficient usage of natural resources.  The Index provides data that can be downloaded into an EXCEL spreadsheet.

Information and connections for the sustainable business.

Resources for the Future (RFF)
Nonprofit organization focusing on the field of environmental economics.  See Research Topicsfor principle areas of focus.

Climate Change

Berkeley Earth
Scientists and engineers working with surface station temperature data sets for the purpose of advancing knowledge about global warming.

Climate Ark
Climate change and global warming portal.

Climate Central
Collaboration between scientist and journalists providing information about climate change.  

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Research, news, and policy issues that deal with climate change.

Climate Change at the National Academies
Reports, videos, and news from a consortium of scientific and engineering associations.

Climate Change:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Answers the question “Why is the climate changing?” by examining basic information, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change science.

Climate Institute

Click on ‘topics’ on the top menu bar to obtain news and information for key issues related to climate change.   Additional information can be found under ‘publications’ and ‘resources.’

Climate Literacy Framework at the United States Global Change Research Program

Tools for educators that can serve as launching points for scientific inquiry into climate change.

Global Climate Change:  NASA

Photographs, movies, animations, and interactive graphics depicting NASA’s research into climate change.


News, data, and curriculum materials about climate change.

United Nations (UN) Climate Change Portal
Gateway to the UN’s actions on climate change.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Agency of the United Nations dedicated to the study of weather and the climate.

Earth Science

Environmental Geoscience Program at AGI: American Geosciences Institute
Educational tools created by an association of geologists, geophysicists, and earth scientists that cover major environmental topics.  Includes publications, slide shows, information about legislation, and more.

Created and maintained by a retired geologist and college professor, contains information relating to the environmental concerns such as fracking, climate change, and water.

 MyEnvironment:  Environmental Information for My Area

Enter your zip code to receive reports and data related to air, water, land, health, and energy conditions for your community.

National Snow and Ice Data Center

Data and research about the polar regions and the cryosphere.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Click on  Ocean Institutes to learn more about oceans and climate, coastal science, ocean engineering, ocean life, and ocean resources.


American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Trade association that promotes wind energy.  The site includes statistics and facts about wind power.

International Energy Agency (IEA)

The International Energy Agency acts as an energy advisor to its 28 member countries.  The site includes extensive statistical data by country.

Natural Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

U.S. government laboratory that conducts renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

Environmental Arts & Design

 Guggenheim:  Site-specific art/Environmental art

Online collection of artistic works that exemplifies the relationship of the work to its topography of its setting.  A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments

Online journal that publishes poetry, essays, fiction, and other articles about the intersection of open and urban spaces.

The Thoreau Reader

An examination of Thoreau’s importance as a leading American nature writer.

Environmental Justice

Cultural Politics: Environmental Justice Cultural Studies

Recommended books, websites, and other resources to further the environmental justice conversation.

Earth Justice

Environmental law organization focusing on the wilderness and wildlife, healthy communities, and clean energy.

Environmental Defense Fund

Economists, scientists, and public policy professionals working to protect the environment.

Environmental Justice:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Summary of EPA’s work to promote environmental justice.

Environmental Justice Office (OEJ) of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Overview of OEJ’s work to promote environmental justice.

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA)

Membership network that connects grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color who are working to achieve environmental justice.


West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice)
Community-based organization focusing on building healthy neighborhoods by advocating for all-inclusive and impartial environmental health and protection policies and practices.


Farming & Food

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)

Search AFSIC for news and resources about sustainable food systems and practices.

Farmland Information Center

Clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. 

National Pesticide Information Center

Oregon State University and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency teamed up to provide information about how pesticides alter human health and the environment.

Statistical overview of the land dedicated to organic farming including the number of producers and domestic sales.

SARE: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

Grants and educational services for sustainable agriculture.

United States Department of Agriculture

Use the drop down menu for ‘topics’ located on the top menu bar to explore conservation, environmental and natural resources, organic agriculture, and more.

USDA Economic Research Service

Data and reports covering agriculture, food, the environment, and development.

Your Food Environment Atlas by USDA Economic Research Service

Statistics by county that including details about food choices, health and well-being, and more.

Green Jobs

Green Career Information

Learn about wages, projected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions, and required education, training, and credentials for green jobs.

Green Careers New York

New York State’s portal to green careers.

The Green Economy

Key occupations for the green economy.

Measuring Green Jobs

Information about the Bureau of Labor Statistics green jobs initiative.

Health & Medicine

CDC:  Environmental Health

Environmental health topics from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Alliance of individuals and organizations that focuses on the relationship between environmental hazards and human disease.  The site offers a database of toxicants and diseases along with general information about health.

Environmental Health and Medicine Education, by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Information about environmental health concerns for health professionals, community groups, and the public.

Environmental Health and Toxicology Information
Use the left menu bar to locate information about chemicals and drugs, occupational safety, pesticides, and more.

Health & Environmental Research Online (HERO), by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

HERO is a database of scientific literature that examines health risks from chemical contaminants and other stressors found in the environment.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

NIEHS provides information about diseases and conditions that may be linked to environmental exposures.


Before New York, by the National Geographic Magazine

Computer generated images of Manhattan’s ecosystem in 1609, when Henry Hudson and his crew sailed into what is now New York Harbor.

Darwin Correspondence Project

Full text of more than 7,500 letters written by Charles Darwin.  Explore the site by clicking on ‘Themes’ from the top menu bar.

EPA History

A timeline of the EPA’s accomplishments, discussions of its origin, interviews with EPA administrators, historical publications, and images.

Evolution of the Conservation Movement:  1850-1920, by the Library of Congress

Records the development of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage.

Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day:  The Making of a Modern Environmental Movement

Gaylord Anton Nelson (1916–2005), a senator from Wisconsin, was the principal founder of Earth Day.  This site is a rich resource for historical information about the environmental movement, the founding of Earth Day, and a digitized collection of Nelson’s papers.

The John Muir Exhibit
Biographical information, tributes, bibliographic resources, images, videos, and more for the founder of the Sierra Club.

New York Environmental Affairs Documentation Project
Project devoted to documenting the history of environmental affairs in New York State.

The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University

Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) was the first American president to present conservation as a significant domestic political issue.  The Theodore Roosevelt Center is a digital archive of President Roosevelt’s papers.  The website includes a biographical overview and a timeline of significant events.


 E – The Environmental Magazine

Popular environmental news magazine covering a variety of topics.

 Opinion - Environment, by The New York Times

The New York Times has compiled a collection of opinion articles related to discussions, case studies, and scientific discoveries around climate change and the environment.

Environment News Service

Independently owned and operated international wire service focusing on the environment.

Inside Climate News

Brooklyn-based non-profit and non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy, and environmental science.  Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

Orion Magazine

Go to “Orion Classics” for groundbreaking essays by Wendell Berry, Barry Lopez, Barbara Kingssolver, and others.

Renewable Energy World

News about all forms of renewable energy.
Clearinghouse for green news and product information.

Yale Environment 360

A publication of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies covering global environmental news, opinions, and analysis.


Aquatic Commons

Aquatic Commons is a digital repository for documents related to marine, brackish, and freshwater environments.  Browse the site by year, subject, or issuing agency. 

Center for Watershed Protection

Go to "Wetlands 101"for an overview about the importance of wetlands and the connection between wetlands and watersheds.



Managed by the Groundwater Protection Council, FracFocus provides information about the history of hydraulic fracturing, how hydraulic fracturing works, and the impact of hydraulic fracturing on groundwater.

Great Lakes Information Network

Information and data pertaining to the environmental, economic, and public policy issues related to the Great Lakes.

Harte Research Institute:  Gulf of Mexico Studies

Harte Research Institute, located at Texas A&M University, is an excellent website for students researching the Gulf of Mexico.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at New York City Harbor Parks

Overview of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

National Water and Information System

Data for surface water, ground water, and water quality collected from nearly 1.5 million sites located throughout the 50 states and key territories of the United States.

National Wild & Scenic Rivers

A joint project of four government agencies providing general information about protecting the nation’s rivers.


Surf Your Watershed

Enter your zip code to learn about your local watershed.

U.S. Drought Portal

Information about current droughts and their effects on the environment as well as forecasting future droughts.

USGS:  Water Resources of the United States

Data, publications, and maps created by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Water, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Gateway for information about all aspects of water including drinking water, ground water, wetlands, oceans, watersheds, and wastewater management.

Wilderness & Wildlife

Animals, Plants, Aquatic Life by the New York State Department of Conservation

Learn about how New York State preserves essential habitats and establishes regulations and policies that protect plant and animal resources.

Audubon Guide to North American Birds

Discover what birds tell us about climate change and more from this beautifully designed site.


Endangered Species from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Portal for researching all aspect of endangered species.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Database of endangered plants and animals.

NOAA Habitat Conservation

Information for protecting and restoring coastal and marine habitats.

URL: is an educational website that focuses on the wilderness and the importance of public land preservation.  The site contains an impressive image library of America’s wilderness areas. 


Compiled by Prof. Elizabeth Tompkins, Robert J. Kibbee Library, and updated on March 23, 2016.  Please send questions, comments, and suggestions to

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