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BeGreen What can you do about your impact on global warming? Lots of things. Drive less. Use less electricity. Buy less stuff. And one of the most effective options is available right here, right now. With just a few clicks, you can calculate and offset your carbon footprint. BeGreen Carbon Offsets from Green Mountain Energy Company. It’s a fast, easy way to be part of the solution. http://www.begreennow.com/
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United Nations Environment Programme
To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring
for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling
nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without
compromising that of future generations. http://www.unep.org/
WaterAid is an international charity dedicated to helping people escape the stranglehold of poverty and disease caused by living without safe water and sanitation. http://www.wateraid.org.uk/
Worldwatch Institute The Worldwatch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Our work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it.
Bangladesh Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF)--The Ministry of Environment and Forest takes care of the
management aspect of biotechnology activities. The following
institutions are under Ministry of Environment & Forest (MOEF)
:1. Bangladesh Forest Research Institute 2. Department of
Environment 3. Forest Department.
Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay--CSRE is one of the Centres at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Since its inception in 1976, the Centre has been actively involved in developing remote sensing technology and its application to natural resources management and Environmental monitoring. The Centre has also done pioneering work in the area of Low Cost Geographical Information System (GIS) development in the country. http://www.csre.iitb.ac.in
Center for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United
Kingdom--The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s site at Wallingford
is home to the hydrology research centre for the United
Kingdom (the former Institute of Hydrology), as well as the
British Geological Survey’s hydrogeology research group, the
publishing office of the International Association of
Hydrological Sciences (IAHS Press) and a section of the
Natural Environmental Research Council’s (NERC) central IT
Solutions and Services Group.
Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT),
Ahmedabad, India--The Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)
is sponsored by the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). The
CEPT is a voluntary non-profit organisation established in
1935, devoted to the cause of education at all levels in
several branches of learning. It is now a registered society
and a public trust. CEPT offers full time undergraduate
programmes of five year duration in Architecture,
Construction Technology and Interior Design supported by
State Government and post graduate programmes of one and a
half year duration in Urban and Regional Planning, Housing,
Environmental Planning, Urban Design and Landscape
Architecture funded by All India Council of Technical
Education (AICTE) and Construction and Project Management
and Structural Design which are self financing. The ultimate
aim of education is to make students aware of the
multidimensional issues of contemporary society and to meet
the challenges arising out of resolving these issues. It
deals with accumulated knowledge helping students to
translate these into actions, appropriate to their own time.
In process, it is dynamic analysis of culture, values,
knowledge and methodology.
Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE), Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Bombay, India CESE has a dedicated group of ten faculty members with multi-disciplinary background and interests together with faculty co-opted from allied disciplines to lead the activities of the centre. The Centre offers M.Tech. and Ph.D. programmes, which are interdisciplinary in nature and consists of course work followed by a research project. The centre is offering wide professional expertise and is actively pursuing several sponsored research, consultancy and technical services and has established strong links with leading industries, institutions and national/international agencies. CESE has been very active in man-power development by organizing tailor-made workshops and training programmes. During 1999-2000 the centre offered two training programmes on hazardous waste and biomedical waste management for representatives from various industries and central and state pollution control boards. The centre plans to consolidate the on-going programmes in the emerging fields of Environmental biotechnology, clean technology, environmental impact assessment, novel technologies for industrial/hazardous waste management besides addressing issues of global concern like ozone depletion. http://www.cese.iitb.ac.in
Environmental Health Network
[Sep 10 06]--The Children's
Environmental Health Network is a national
multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect
the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards
and promote a healthy environment. To achieve this mission,
the Network has had several goals:
Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD), El Salvador (Central American Commission for Environment and Development)--It is called to protect and, at the same time, give value to the regional patrimony, which is characterized by its biological diversity and ecosystems. Accordingly, it is also called to be a bridge of collaboration between the countries of the region seeking the adoption of the themes of sustainable development by soliciting the collaboration of all the parties that work in the field of development. It is the regional institution in Central America responsible for the coordination of Corridor activities and other regional environment and development initiatives in Central America.
ENDA--ENDA is involved in environmental development in the third world. http://www.enda.sn
• Environmental Systems Research Institute [ESRI] and Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] Hazards Information Site--Under the Project Impact initiative, FEMA and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) formed a national partnership aimed in part at providing multihazard maps and information to U.S. residents, business owners, schools, community groups, and local governments via the Internet. The information provided via the ESRI Web site is intended to assist in building disaster-resistant communities across the country by sharing geographic knowledge about local hazards. This site allows users to create online hazard maps for which they can specify both location and the hazards to be shown. www.esri.com/hazards
Environment and Society Institute (ESI), State University of New York, Buffalo, USA--It offers courses on engineering and applied sciences and hosts the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), the Center for Urban Studies. The Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) is an affiliated research center. http://www.buffalo.edu
European Environment Agency (EEA), Copenhagen, Denmark--The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe’s environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public. http://www.eea.eu.int
Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security (GMES)--GMES is a joint initiative of the European Space Agency and the EC. Many programmes (EC, ESA, others) will eventually contribute to GMES. In November 2001 the ESA Ministerial Council approved a new 5-year ESA programme dedicated to GMES, called the Earthwatch GMES Services Element (GSE for short). This is the very first programme dedicated to GMES. GSE will deliver policy-relevant services to end-users, primarily (but not exclusively) from Earth Observation sources. GSE is a key element of GMES, because it will enable end-users to become key players in the move from present generation Earth Observation satellites to future European systems that will deliver vital information on global environment and security. http://earth.esa.int/gmes
Geoscience Australia (GA)--Geoscience Australia is the national agency for geoscience research and information. It contributes to enhance economic, social and environmental benefits to the community – by providing input for decisions that impact upon resource use, management of the environment, and the safety and well-being of Australians. Its major planned outcomes are: enhanced global attractiveness of Australia’s offshore and onshore exploration, improved resource management and environmental protection, safer communities and transportation. http://www.ga.gov.au
Health - An EcoSystem Approach--Many ecological disasters can be directly traced to careless exploitation of the environment, with human beings as first perpetrator and then victim. Our health closely mirrors the health of our surroundings: this is the basis of the “Ecohealth” approach. It recognizes the inextricable links between humans and their biophysical, social, and economic environments, and that these links are reflected in a population’s state of health.http://www.idrc.ca/in_focus_cities/ev-27266-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html
Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER),
Managua, Nicaragua, (Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial
Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS)--The Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) unites the major satellite and surface-based systems for global environmental observations of the atmosphere, oceans and land. http://ioc.unesco.org/
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)--In 1988, UNEP and WMO jointly established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as concern over climate change became a political issue. The purpose of the IPCC was to assess the state of knowledge on the various aspects of climate change including science, environmental and socio-economic impacts and response strategies. The IPCC is recognized as the most authoritative scientific and technical voice on climate change, and its assessments had a profound influence on the negotiators of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. The IPCC continues to provide governments with scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to evaluating the risks and developing a response to global climate change. http://www.ipcc.ch
International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal--ICIMOD is committed to developing an economically and environmentally sound ecosystem and improving living standards of mountain communities, mainly in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas area.
International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI), New York, USA--IRI was established as a cooperative agreement between US NOAA Office of Global Programs and Columbia University. IRI is a unit of the Columbia Earth Institute located at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The vision of the IRI is that of an innovative science institution working to accelerate the ability of societies worldwide to cope with climate fluctuations, especially those that cause devastating impacts on humans and the environment, thereby reaping the benefits of decades of research on the predictability of El Niño-Southern Oscillation phenomenon and other climate variations. By orchestrating a wide network of collaborations and comprehensive programs that couple physical science research and applications research with capacity building, the IRI is a unique institution in the international development of applications of climate prediction. http://iri.ldeo.columbia.edu
Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y
Recursos Naturales (MARN), El Salvador (Ministry of
Environment and Natural Resources)
Ministry of Environment, Planning and Public Works, Greece--In order to activate the participation and further the cooperation of all responsible Ministries and organisations, the Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works has developed a coordinating mechanism so that the concept of sustainable development is incorporated in their actions and their activities. http://www.minenv.gr
NASA Earth Observatory, USA--The purpose of NASA's Earth Observatory is to provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth's climate and environmental change. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov
National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC) [Mar 5 06]--The National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center, NARAC, provides tools and services that map the probable spread of hazardous material accidentally or intentionally released into the atmosphere. NARAC provides atmospheric plume predictions in time for an emergency manager to decide if taking protective action is necessary to protect the health and safety of people in affected areas. Located at the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NARAC is a national support and resource center for planning, real-time assessment, emergency response, and detailed studies of incidents involving a wide variety of hazards, including nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, and natural emissions. http://narac.llnl.gov/
National Environment and Planning
Agency (NEPA) (formerly the Natural Resources Conservation
Authority, (NRCA), Jamaica
National Environmental Health Association [Sep 10 06]-- The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) had its origins in the state of California where it was incorporated in 1937. The original impetus behind the creation of a national professional society for environmental health practitioners was the desire by professionals of that day to establish a standard of excellence for this developing profession. This standard, which has come to be known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian credential, signifies that an environmental health professional has mastered a body of knowledge (which is verified through the passing of an examination), and has acquired sufficient experience, to satisfactorily perform work responsibilities in the environmental health field. http://www.neha.org/
OAS's Unit for Sustainable Development (USDE); Washington, DC, USA, (Organización de Estados Americanos)--The Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment (USDE) is the principal technical arm of the OAS General Secretariat responsible for meeting the needs of the member states in matters of sustainable economic development. Among its areas of concern are transboundary water resources management, reduction of vulnerability to natural hazards, public participation in decision-making, climate change and sea- level rise, coastal-zones management, renewable-energy planning, and biodiversity. Formed in 1963, the Unit has evolved from an office dealing with natural resource inventories in different countries to one whose main task is to follow up on the mandates emanating from Agenda 21 and the Bolivia Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development. Its mission is to serve the interests of the member states by helping to improve integrated management of natural resources as a key component of sustainable development. This mission is defined by the technical and political mandates derived from the Summit process and the political bodies of the Organization. http://www.oas.org/usde
Pan-American Engineering Association for the Public Health and Environment (Asociación Interamericana de Ingeniería Sanitaria y Ambiental (AIDIS)--To promote sound environmental practices, policies, management, and education to improve the quality of life throughout the Americas. http://www.aidis.org.br
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany--The founding of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in 1992 arose out of the growing need among political decision-makers to be informed about the consequences of Global Change. Of particular importance in this respect was the question of increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere and the effect this would have on climate, the environment and society. Since then PIK has been involved in investigating the ecological, geophysical and socioeconomic aspects of worldwide climatic change, and climate-impact research has become part of a comprehensive Earth system analysis. http://www.pik-potsdam.de
SADC Food and Natural Resources Coordination Unit--The SADC Environment and Land Management Sector (ELMS) has been given the responsibility to make the transition towards environmentally sustainable development within the SADC countries. Thus the overall objective of the sector, like its mandate, is long term and conforms to the SADC treaty “to achieve sustainable utilisation of natural resources and effective protection of the environment.” http://www.sadcreview.com
Safe Drinking Water [Mar 5 06]--Safedrinkingwater.com is a resource for the drinking water quality community. Our free electronic newsletter, safedrinkingwater.com NEWS, presents general news stories of interest to the drinking water quality community, with a combination of timely articles and incisive commentary from the leading observers in the industry.
SAHEL Institute (INSAH), Bamako, Mali--INSAH, a specialized institution of CILSS, provides food security in a balanced ecological environment; coordinate, harmonize and promote scientific and technical research and training and disseminate scientific and technical information on issues related to drought control, desertification management and population. http://www.insah.org/index.html
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden--SEI's mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development. http://www.sei.se
StormCenter Communications, Maryland, USA--StormCenter Communications provides leading-edge monitoring and visuals to help the media, government agencies and emergency managers better understand environmental issues to enable the media and educators to increase public awareness. http://www.stormcenter.com/
Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf--EAWAG's task as the national research center for water pollution control is to ensure that: Concepts and technologies pertaining to the use of natural waters are continuously improved. Ecological, economical and social water interests are brought into line. Multidisciplinary teams of specialists in the fields of Environmental Engineering, Natural and Social Sciences jointly develop solutions to environmental problems. The acquired knowledge and know-how is transmitted nationally and internationally by publications, lectures, teaching, and consulting to the private and public sector. http://www.eawag.ch
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)--WSL is a federal research institute within the domain of the Federal Institutes of Technology. WSL conducts research into the environment and sustainability. Its key areas are the "use, management and protection of near-natural terrestrial habitats" and the "management of natural hazards". These provide a basis for the sustainable use of the landscape. http://www.wsl.ch/welcome-en.ehtml
The Environmental Site [Sep 10 06]--The Environmental Site is a unique information and training resource for environmental practitioners, educators, students, and librarians, dedicated toward public understanding of environmental issues. The Environmental Site: provides an online guide to internet resources about the environment for learning/training/teaching purposes, and can make available specific educational/training opportunities on environmental issues upon request. http://www.envirosite.com/
The Groundwater Foundation [Mar 5 06]--The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and motivating people to care for and about groundwater.
The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
[Sep 10 06]-- The Society of Environmental Toxicology and
Chemistry (SETAC) is a nonprofit, worldwide professional
society comprised of individuals and institutions engaged
Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) [Mar 5 06]--The Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) is the most comprehensive and up-to-the-minute online resource of security information for America’s drinking and wastewater utilities. It provides a unique link between the water sector and federal environmental, homeland security, law enforcement, intelligence and public health agencies.
Water Security - EPA [Mar 5 06]--Improving the security of our nation's drinking water and wastewater infrastructures has become a top priority since the events of 9/11. Significant actions are underway to assess and reduce vulnerabilities to potential terrorist attacks; to plan for and practice response to emergencies and incidents; and to develop new security technologies to detect and monitor contaminants and prevent security breaches. This Web site provides resources for water utilities, state and local governments, public health officials, emergency responders and planners, assistance and training providers, environmental professionals, researchers and engineers, and law enforcement, among others.
World Resources Institute [Jan 12 06 Washington DC]--The World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to create practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. The World Resources Institute is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to create practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. Our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment for current and future generations. Our program meets global challenges by using knowledge to catalyze public and private action: To reverse damage to ecosystems. We protect the capacity of ecosystems to sustain life and prosperity; To expand participation in environmental decisions. We collaborate with partners worldwide to increase people’s access to information and influence over decisions about natural resources; To avert dangerous climate change. We promote public and private action to ensure a safe climate and sound world economy; To increase prosperity while improving the environment. We challenge the private sector to grow by improving environmental and community well-being. www.wri.org
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