Environmental Resources

Browse by topic to find action project ideas or learn more about an environmental issue. You will also find other helpful web resources such as environmental footprint calculators, online mapping tools, and more.


 Exploring Walden Woods

United States Geological Survey of Walden Pond
http://pubs.usgs.gov/wri/wri014153/report.pdf
The USGS report from 2001 provides topographical and hydrological information about Walden Pond and its surroundings.

National Public Radio's The Infinite Mind: Place
http://www.lcmedia.com/mind472.htm
Listen to a radio show on the importance of place, including discussion about Walden Woods.

Environmental Heroes

The Goldman Environmental Prize
http://www.goldmanprize.org/
Learn about the winners and their projects at the website for the annual worldwide prize in environmental stewardship and leadership. 2007 winners were from Zambia, Mongolia, Ireland, Iceland, Canada, and Peru. Grist interviews the winners at http://grist.org/news/maindish/2007/04/24/nijhuis-goldman/?source=daily

National Geographic Emerging Explorers
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/emerging/
Since 2004, each year National Geographic has highlighted six to nine ambitious young people who are exploring our world in exciting ways. Read or watch videos about a marine ecologist, environmental advocate, conservationist, oceanographer, plant biologist, herpetologist, and more.

Ramon Magsaysa Award Winners
http://www.rmaf.org.ph
The Ramon Magsaysa Award Foundation honors leaders in Asia in the fields of public service, international understanding, communication and the arts, and community leadership.

Ecology Hall of Fame
http://www.ecotopia.org/ehof/
The Ecology Hall of Fame spotlights Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, John Muir, and others with online biographies, writing excerpts, historical impact, and further web links.

Wangari Maathai on Environmentalism
http://greenbeltmovement.org/c.php?id=8
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai launched the Green Belt Movement organizing women in Kenya to plant trees to improve their quality of life and the environment. Read speeches and articles from Maathai at this website.

Environmental Impact Calculators, Online Mapping, and other Project Tools

Ecological Footprint Quiz
http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.asp
Based on your choices in food, housing, and transportation, how many Earths would it take to support the human race if everyone lived like you do?

Conservation International
http://www.conservation.org/xp/CIWEB/
Take the ecological footprint quiz, calculate and purchase carbon offsets, and read up on the top 10 things you can do for conservation.

Energy Race
http://www.energyrace.com/
Keep track of your energy use over time so you can mark the environmental impact of positive lifestyle choices. Read commentary on hot issues in climate change, including discussion on carbon offsets and mercury in energy efficient lightbulbs.

National Geographic Map Machine
maps.nationalgeographic.com

Google Earth / Google Ocean
earth.google.com

United Nations Environmental Programme: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
na.unep.net/digital_atlas2/google.php
View satellite images from all over the world that demonstrate the changes in the environment, from deforestation to glacier retreat, over the past few decades. You can view images or download files to view the sites within Google Earth.

Google Language Tools - Translator
www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en

eNature Field Guides
www.enature.com/fieldguides/

About.com: Top 5 Time Management Tips
http://homeworktips.about.com/od/timemanagement/tp/time.htm

About.com: 9 Presentation Tips for Students
http://presentationsoft.about.com/od/classrooms/tp/student_tips.htm



Project Ideas and Resources By Topic

 All / General

Envirolink
http://www.envirolink.org
Browse through thousands of environmental links by topic, category, or city.

EE-Link - Environmental Education Websites
http://eelink.net
Find environmental education links for teachers and students, including special categories for endangered species, environmental jobs, and resources in Spanish. From the North American Association for Environmental Education.

National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Yearbook 
http://www.nwf.org/campusEcology/dspYearbook.cfm
The Campus Ecology Yearbook showcases a wide selection of environmental projects carried out by college students.

US Environmental Protection Agency for High School Students
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/

Learn about environmental issues in the United States and in your neighborhood and check out the extensive lists of resources and links by category.

United Nations Environment Programme Youth Website
www.unep.org/tunza/youth
Find out about UNEP's youth programs all over the world, including Clean Up the World, World Environment Day, and Focus on Your World photo competition.

UNEP Atlas of Our Changing Environment
http://na.unep.net/digital_atlas2/google.php
View satellite images from all over the world that demonstrate the changes in the environment, from deforestation to glacier retreat, over the past few decades. You can view images or download files to view the sites within Google Earth.

Google Earth Environment Blog
http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/environment/
Find out about the latest community updates to Google Earth related to the environment. Scan through the archives to learn and download extra Google Earth files with images of anything from weather to forest fires to the ocean floor.

 Advocacy

National Resources Defense Council
http://www.nrdc.org
The National Resources Defense Council is dedicated to protecting wilderness and preserving a clean environment, with the help of lawyers, scientists, and over a million members.

Step It Up: Next Steps
http://stepitup2007.org/article.php?list=type&type=16
On April 14, 2007, over 1,400 groups in all 50 states in the U.S. organized events to raise awareness of climate change and to call on Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. Now you can take the next step and learn how to lobby the government, from the local through the national level, to take meaningful action on climate change.

Sierra Club Student Coalition
http://www.ssc.org
You can start a student chapter of the Sierra Club at your high school or college. Find out about current activities and how to join.

Environmental Defense
http://www.environmentaldefense.org
Environmental Defense campaigns to address and solve environmental problems, with a focusing on bringing together leaders in science, economics, and industry.

Environmental Justice Foundation
http://www.ejfoundation.org
The Environmental Justice Foundation works to ensure fairness and equality in environmental protection for all people. The foundation trains local people to combat environmental degradation in their communities.

Leonardo Dicaprio Eco-Site
http://www.leonardodicaprio.org
Find out about the actor's environmental projects and what you can do to help the environment. Check out the extensive and useful selection of links.

Earthwatch Institute
http://www.earthwatch.org
Earthwatch also sponsors expeditions and fellowships for students offer trips all over the world to research and aid conservation efforts. Financial aid may be available.

 Air

US EPA for High School Students: Air
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/air.htm

Learn about air pollution and the atmosphere and check out the helpful resources and links.

 Biodiversity

BioBlitz from the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
http://www.eowilson.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=49
Conduct an intensive survey of the organisms in your schoolyard or community.

PlantNative
http://www.plantnative.com/

Get listings of native plant species by state in the United States plus a directory of native plant nurseries so you can remove invasive species and grow native species.

US EPA for High School Students: Ecosystems
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/ecosystems.htm
Learn about endangered species and habitat protection and check out the helpful resources and links.

 Community Gardening

EnAct Environmental Action Teams
http://www.enactwi.org/madisonguide.htm
This program provides information and resources to protect the environment by improving our lifestyles. Check out the chapter from the online guide on food.

Organic.org
http://www.organic.org

Considering switching your school, group, or home to organic food? Learn about the benefits of organic meat and produce and where you can purchase organics in the United States.

 Conservation

US EPA for High School Students: Conservation
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/conservation.htm
Learn about animal, plant, soil, water, and energy conservation and check out the helpful resources and links.

 Earth Day

Earth Day Network
http://www.earthday.net/
Find out about how you can promote the ideals of Earth Day everyday or get tips for planning an event on Earth Day.

 Education and Public Awareness

EnAct Environmental Action Teams
http://www.enactwi.org/madisonguide.htm
This program provides information and resources to protect the environment by improving our lifestyles. Learn about how to start a group in your neighborhood or community and check out the online guide to waste, energy, transportation, water, and food.

 Energy

EnAct Environmental Action Teams
http://www.enactwi.org/madisonguide.htm

This program provides information and resources to protect the environment by improving our lifestyles. Check out the chapter from the online guide on energy.

US EPA for High School Students: Conservation
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/conservation.htm
Learn energy conservation and check out the helpful resources and links.

Ecological Footprint Quiz
http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.asp

Based on your choices in food, housing, and transportation, how many Earths would it take to support the human race if everyone lived like you do?

Conservation International
http://www.conservation.org/xp/CIWEB/
Take the ecological footprint quiz, calculate and purchase carbon offsets, and read up on the top 10 things you can do for conservation.

Energy Race - http://www.energyrace.com/
Keep track of your energy use over time so you can mark the environmental impact of positive lifestyle choices. Read commentary on hot issues in climate change, including discussion on carbon offsets and mercury in energy efficient lightbulbs.

Environmental Disasters

NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides information for students and teachers on environmental disasters on the coasts. Learn about oil and chemical spills and how to respond. 

Forests

PlantNative
http://www.plantnative.com/

Get listings of native plant species by state in the United States plus a directory of native plant nurseries so you can remove invasive species and grow native species.

National Geographic Habitats: Forests
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/habitats/forests.html
Explore your local habitat to find out about the life all around you and what you can do to benefit your environment. Check out the related links for more information about your habitat type.

Billion Tree Program
http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/

Join the global campaign to plant a billion trees. Get information on the benefits of trees and learn how to plant your own trees.

Global Warming

Climate Crisis
http://www.climatecrisis.net/
The official website of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth provides background information on the science of climate change and suggests ways you can take action.

Step It Up: Next Steps
http://stepitup2007.org/article.php?list=type&type=16

On April 14, 2007, over 1,400 groups in all 50 states in the U.S. organized events to raise awareness of climate change and to call on Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. Now you can take the next step, from lobbying the national government to hosting a climate teach-in to converting your city to a "Cool City."

Billion Tree Program
http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/

Join the global campaign to plant a billion trees. Get information on the benefits of trees and learn how to plant your own trees.

US EPA for High School Students: Air
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/air.htm

Learn about climate change and the atmosphere and check out the helpful resources and links.

US EPA for High School Students: Conservation
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/conservation.htm
Learn about energy conservation and check out the helpful resources and links.

Green Buildings

Pangea Partnership: Green Buildings for the Developing World
http://www.pangeapartnership.org
Learn about the benefits of strawbale buildings and sign up for an upcoming workshop.

Building Green TV
http://www.buildinggreentv.com
The website for the Building Green television program offers articles, forums, newsletters, and a video archive all about green building.

Green Building Checklists
http://buildsustainably.org

View a checklist for building green:
Residential: http://doerr.org/checklists/Green-Residential.pdf
Commercial: http://doerr.org/checklists/Green-Commercial.pdf

Invasive Species

PlantNative
http://www.plantnative.com
Get listings of native plant species by state in the United States plus a directory of native plant nurseries so you can remove invasive species and grow native species.

National Invasive Species Information Center
http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/
Get information on invasive species in your area and what you can do to help. Information provided focuses on the United States, with links to international resources.

Oceans and Coasts

15 Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in Your Watershed
http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/earthday/earthday.html
Learn about your local watershed and how you can monitor water quality, reduce harmful input, and educate your community.

National Geographic Habitats: Oceans and Coasts
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/habitats/oceans_coasts.html
Explore your local habitat to find out about the life all around you and what you can do to benefit your environment. Check out the related links for more information about your habitat type.

US EPA for High School Students: Ecosystems
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/ecosystems.htm
Learn about aquatic ecosystems and ecosystem monitoring and check out the helpful resources and links.

Pollution / Clean Up

Scorecard Pollution Report for United States Counties
http://www.scorecard.org/
Find out how your community stacks up in toxics, air pollution, water quality, and environmental justice.

US EPA for High School Students: Ecosystems
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/ecosystems.htm

Learn about the effects of pollution on ecosystems and check out the helpful resources and links.

Preservation

UNEP Atlas of Our Changing Environment
http://na.unep.net/digital_atlas2/google.php
View satellite images from all over the world that demonstrate the changes in the environment, from deforestation to glacier retreat, over the past few decades. You can view images or download files to view the sites within Google Earth.

US EPA for High School Students: Ecosystems
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/ecosystems.htm
Learn about aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and ecosystem monitoring and check out the helpful resources and links.

Recycling

EnAct Environmental Action Teams
http://www.enactwi.org/madisonguide.htm

This program provides information and resources to protect the environment by improving our lifestyles. Check out the chapter from the online guide on solid waste.

US EPA for High School Students: Waste and Recycling
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/waste.htm

Learn about hazardous and solid waste and check out the helpful resources and links.

Research

US EPA for High School Students: Ecosystems
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/ecosystems.htm
Learn about ecosystem monitoring and check out the helpful resources and links.

Earthwatch Institute
http://www.earthwatch.org
Earthwatch also sponsors expeditions and fellowships for students offer trips all over the world to research and aid conservation efforts. Financial aid may be available.

Restoration and Protection

Billion Tree Program
http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/
Join the global campaign to plant a billion trees. Get information on the benefits of trees and learn how to plant your own trees.

Clean Up the World
http://www.cleanuptheworld.org/en/
Join a global campaign to clean up and fix up our environment. Read about past activities and how to become a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's worldwide project.

Sustainable Development

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
http://www.wbcsd.org

Read case studies, publications, and news reports to get information on sustainable development initiatives around the world.

Appropedia Sustainability Wiki
http://www.appropedia.org/
Browse user submitted and edited articles on sustainability, international development, and poverty reduction projects.

Urban Environments

Sustainable South Bronx
http://www.ssbx.org

Sustainable South Bronx, founded and led by Majora Carter, tackles urban environmental projects such as installing a green/cool roof and transforming a run-down waterfront into a greenway.

Green Roofs
http://www.greenroofs.com

Green roofs cool buildings, reduce energy costs, and provide attractive and healthy vegetation. Greenroofs.com provides news, resources, and product information to get started building a roof. Check out the student section for previous projects, forum, and articles from students.

Urban Gardens
http://www.greentreks.org/allprograms/roughterrain/urbangardening/

Get the basics on transforming a vacant lot into a beautiful and vibrant urban garden. The urban gardens program website provides helpful tips and links to more resources.

National Geographic Habitats: Cities and Suburbs
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/habitats/cities_suburbs.html
Explore your local habitat to find out about the life all around you and what you can do to benefit your environment. Check out the related links for more information about your habitat type.

Water and Wetlands

15 Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in Your Watershed
http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/earthday/earthday.html
Learn about your local watershed and how you can monitor water quality, reduce harmful input, and educate your community.

National Geographic Habitats: Fresh Water
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/habitats/freshwater.html
Explore your local habitat to find out about the life all around you and what you can do to benefit your environment. Check out the related links for more information about your habitat type.

US EPA for High School Students: Water
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/water.htm

Learn about water ecosystems and pollution and check out the helpful resources and links.

US EPA for High School Students: Ecosystems
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/ecosystems.htm
Learn about aquatic ecosystems and ecosystem monitoring and check out the helpful resources and links.

Wildlife Protection

World Wildlife Fund (International)
http://www.wwf.org
World Wildlife Fund is an international organization working in over 100 countries, from the local to the global level, to protect species and find a harmony between humanity and nature.

Audubon Bird Watch List: What You Can Do
http://www.audubon.org/bird/watchlist/bs-bc-what_you_can_do.html
Find out about vulnerable birds and what you can do to help them.

eNature Field Guides
http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/

Document and identify animals and plants at your site using informative online field guides.

US EPA for High School Students: Conservation
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/conservation.htm
Learn about animal and plant conservation and check out the helpful resources and links.

US EPA for High School Students: Ecosystems
http://www.epa.gov/highschool/ecosystems.htm

Learn about endangered species and habitat protection and check out the helpful resources and links.

Other

50 Things You Can Do the Save the Environment
http://www.justgive.org/html/guide/50waysenvironment.html
Ideas for your home, yard, car, shopping, and more.

101 Ways to Heal the Earth
http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC22/Guide.htm

Suggestions to help reduce energy use, combat climate change, increase civic participation, and develop environmentally conscientious personal decisions.