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To find the most energy efficient products — from home appliances to office equipment, electronics, windows and insulation — look for the Energy Star label. Go to the Energy Star Web site for a list of products that qualifyCONTACT: 888/STAR-YES; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: www.energystar.gov
American Council for an Energy-Efficient EconomyOffers a consumer guide to home energy savings, a list of the top-rated efficient appliances on the market, and a green guide to cars and trucks.
CONTACT: 1001 Connecticut ave.NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20036; 202/429-0063; Web: www.aceee.org
Alliance to Save EnergyLearn how to perform a home or business energy checkup. Get a Power$mart booklet with tips on ways to save energy and money at home. Find out how to support pending energy-related legislation. Comprehensive Web site offers information on residential, commercial, industrial, federal, and school energy efficiency; consumer energy education; and energy policy reform. Also offers energy-efficiency lesson plans for educators at all levels.
Urban Consortium Energy Task Force/Public Technology, Inc.Consult this task force to find out how to cut costs and create revenue from local energy assets, develop innovative approaches to energy management, or address the overlap between energy and environmental policy issues with your local government.
Energy Information ClearinghouseProvides free energy assistance and expertise in policy planning, building, and land to California communities. Their Local Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) can help cities, developers, and homeowners save money by becoming energy efficient.
CONTACT: 877/674-5159; Web: http://www.lgc.org/energyclearinghouse/index.html
Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST)Interested in renewable energy? Efficiency? Sustainable living? Environmentally conscious products? The CREST Web site is a virtual encyclopedia of renewable energy information.
Climate SolutionsHelps people find out about affordable clean energy options, as well as programs and policies that support clean energy. Read their "top five things you can do to stop global warming" and the top five reasons for doing them.
withdraw support for the Global Climate Coalition
Ozone ActionIf you're a student, you can get involved in Ozone Action's call for universities to divest from companies in the Global Climate Coalition, the industry group that is fighting action on climate change. If you're a shareholder, you can support shareholder resolutions that call on companies to withdraw membership from the GCC.
Whether you're interested in getting off the grid (and generating energy from sun, wind, or water) or becoming more efficient, the world's largest supplier of renewable energy and sustainable living products can help. Also offers technical assistance in design and installation of renewable energy systems. Real Goods operates the Solar Living Center and non-profit Institute for Solar Living, which offer classes on renewable energy and sustainable living. Full product catalog available.
Solar Energy International
Offers workshops on the design, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems and solar homes.
CONTACT: PO Box 715, Carbondale, CO 81623-0715; 970/963-8855; Fax: 970/963-8866
make your city bike-friendly
National Center for Bicycling and Walking
This organization can help your city or town become more bicycle-friendly through a number of great publications including a toolkit for promoting pedestrian access to transit and a guide to creating bike-friendly cities. Many publications can be viewed on-line.
get around car-free
Offers information and ideas on how to design a city that is less dependent on cars. Their Web site provides information about car-free city design, ways to explore the possibilities for redesigning your city, and examples of other cities who have grown less dependent on the automobile.
ZapWorld products include electric bicycles, motorbikes, scooters, and other electric vehicles. (See article on page 25.)
Sierra Club: Global Warming and Energy Team
Increasing the fuel efficiency of automobiles is the biggest single step the US can take to reduce fossil fuel consumption, according to the Sierra Club. They've made it easy for you to contact your senators and the president to let them know you support increased fuel efficiency (CAFE) standards.
United States Green Building Council
Promote the adoption of green building practices, technologies, standards, and policies through the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Join the USGBC to add your voice to the growing movement for green building policies through market-based solutions and to access comprehensive green building information.
EPA Global Warming Website
To learn the possible effects of global warming where you live, visit the EPA's Web site, which details the impacts to human health, coastal areas, water resources, agriculture, forests, and ecosystems for all 50 states. Your business can also join the EPA's Climate Wise program, where companies learn to reduce emissions and implement comprehensive energy efficiency and pollution prevention strategies. Partners pledge to adopt cost-effective measures such as altering production processes, investing in energy-efficient technologies, and developing employee and fleet transit programs. Energy Star offers government tools that evaluate energy use, document energy performance, set goals, and recognize energy excellence.
CONTACT: 888/star-yes or 888/782-7937; Web: www.epa.gov/globalwarming/
learn about the effects of climate change on wildlife
World Wildlife Fund
For information on the impacts of climate change on oceans, forests, coral reefs, the Arctic, and much more, get the World Wildlife Fund's information packet. For a look at some proposed solutions, read their report, "America's Global Warming Solutions."
CONTACT: 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037-1175; 202/293-4800; Fax: 202/293-9211; Web: www.panda.org/climate
Greenpeace Arctic Action will send you regular updates and action alerts so you can let industry and government know how you feel about further exploration and development of fossil fuels. Other initiatives include a campaign for investment in renewable energy and the removal of barriers to renewable energy. Greenpeace also promotes the use of Greenfreeze regrigerators as an ozone and climate-safe alternative to HFC refrigeration.
CONTACT: 800/326-0959;Web: http://act.greenpeace.org
National Wildlife Federation
To learn about how climate change could affect wildlife or to join a grassroots effort to improve public understanding of the consequences of climate change on wildlife and habitats, contact the National Wildlife Federation.
CONTACT: Climate Change and Wildlife Program, National Wildlife Federation, 1400 16th St. NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20036; 202/797-6898; Fax: 202/797-5486; E-mail: glick@NWF.org; WEB: www.nwf.org/
help regreen the planet
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
Your city can become a member of ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection Campaign and join with other cities in implementing a range of local solutions to global warming. The ICLEI Web site gives many examples of what cities throughout the world have done to meet this challenge.(See article Cities Take the Lead.)
CONTACT: 15 Shattuck Square, Suite 215, Berkeley, CA 94704; 510/540-8843; WEB: www.iclei.org
get active in clean energy campaigns
Earth Day Network
Join the preparations for Earth Day 2000, April 22, which will focus on clean energy. Learn how you can organize your own environmental fair or events. Volunteer locally. Become a member of the Clean Energy Now! campaign or a college campus coordinator. Or, pick up a Teach Out Action Guide to learn education strategies.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Provides information about the top 20 carbon producers. You can also find out what reforms the NRDC has proposed for the utility industry.
CONTACT: 40 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011; 212/727-2700;
E-mail: email@example.com; Web: www.nrdc.org
make up for your carbon footprint
American Forests works to produce significant greenhouse gas reductions while achieving important environmental and economic benefits. Projects expand wildlife habitat, protect watersheds, and heal damaged forest systems while sequestering carbon in a simple, credible way. Projects include urban tree planting, rural forest restoration, domestic carbon plantations, and international joint implementation projects.
reduce your business' carbon footprint
The Stonyfield Farm Environmental Cookbook
This booklet shows you how to determine your company's "carbon footprint" and then offers detailed strategies for ways to offset your carbon emissions. Also available on their Web site.
CONTACT: 800/PRO-COWS; Web: http://www.greenbiz.com/
Climate Savers Program
Your company can dramatically increase its energy efficiency (and thereby reduce its greenhouse gas emissions) with help from this program developed by World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. Helps companies adopt innovative strategies to reduce emissions.
CONTACT: Rebecca Eaton; 202/822-3465; E-mail: RebeccaEaton@WWFUS.org
Rocky Mountain Institute
Through its "Green Development Services," RMI can help your company redesign manufacturing processes and buildings and rethink operations to achieve resource efficiency. RMI also helps communities achieve sustainable (efficient) development through its Economic Renewal program.
CONTACT: 1739 Snowmass Creek Rd., Snowmass, CO 81654-9199; 970/927-3851; FAX: 970/927-3420; Web: www.rmi.org
The Natural Step
Provides training workshops and conferences to help businesses implement systems that preserve resources and encourage efficiency. The Natural Step is devoted to teaching and supporting environmental systems thinking in corporations and other institutions.
CONTACT: PO Box 29372, San Francisco, CA 94129; 415/561-3344;
teach the children to be climate wise
California Energy Commission/ Energy Quest
You can download 22 fun and educational games and short stories related to global warming and energy conservation from the California Energy Commission's Web site.
CONTACT: Web: www.energyquest.ca.gov/index.html
If you want to teach elementary students about energy and conservation, find out more about the Destination Conservation program.(See article Green Schools)
CONTACT: 10511 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 4S1; 780/433-8711; Fax: 780/439-5081; Web: www.dcplanet.org.
Learn about global climate policy
Centre for Science and Environment
This organization actively maintains commentary and updates on current international treaties and policies on climate change.
Global Commons Institute
This unique organization offers a political and economic analysis of global climate change policy. The notion of "equity in the air"(see article) originated here. Also look at what legislators from over 100 countries are doing with the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) in affiliation with the Global Commons Institute.
CONTACT: Web: www.gci.org.uk
Common Assets Project
Find out about an idea to make the sky a trust every person will get a stake and share in.(See "Who Shall Inherit the Sky?" in YES! Spring 1999.)
CONTACT: 777 N. Capitol St. NE 410, Washington, DC 20002; 202/408-9788;
The David Suzuki Foundation
This foundation is geared towards solutions to global warming. News releases, publications, a climate change briefing kit, and the "Economist Statement on Climate Change" available on their Web site.
books and publications
Climate Crisis: a special issue of The Ecologist
Edited by Simon Retallack
The Ecologist, Unit 18 Chelsea Wharf, 15 Lots Road, London,SW 10 0QJ UK;
Compelling and thorough coverage of the science of global warming, as well as the potential ecological, social, economic, and cultural impacts of climate change.
Turning Down the Heat
By Jim Hamm Productions
3993 Perry Street, Vancouver BC, V5N 3X2, 1-800-542-2164 (US); 1-800-267-7710 (Canada); Order C9199020
An encouraging and dynamic film that documents new innovations for combating global warming and introduces people worldwide who are shifting away from fossil fuel dependency.
T he Heat is on: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-up, the Prescription
By Ross Gelbspan
288 pages (updated 1998); $13.00 paperback
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan documents signs of global warming and challenges readers to take a hard look at the solutions. (See Gelbspan's article on page 12.)
The Community Energy Workbook
By Alice Hubbard and Clay Fong
Rocky Mountain Institute, 1739 Snowmass Creek Rd., Snowmass, CO 81654;
970/927-3851; Web: www.rmi.org
This companion workbook to RMI's Economic Renewal Guidecan help reduce your community's energy consumption and improve the local economy at the same time. Outlines a comprehensive, step-by-step process for achieving sustainable, community-wide energy savings.
From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity
By John Perlin
Aatec Publications, PO Box 7119, Ann Arbor, MI 48107; 800/995-1470
224 pages; $32.00 hardcover
Perlin tells the fascinating story of photovoltaics and the courageous individuals behind the technology: its 19th century beginnings, its high-visibility success in the space program, and its current position as an indispensable and versatile power source. Photos from the book can be found on pp. 32-33.
Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate
By Alex Wilson, Jennifer L. Uncapher, Lisa A. McManigal, L. Hunter Lovins, Maureeen Cureton, and William D. Browning
Wiley Publishers, 1997
525 pages; $60.00 hardcover
If you're interested in learning about creating buildings and communities that are more comfortable, more efficient, more appealing, and ultimately more profitable, this book is for you. Describes the new field in which environmental considerations are viewed as opportunities. Companion CD-ROM also available.
By Joseph J. Romm
Island Press, 1718 Connecticut Ave., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009
277 pages; $24.95 hardcover
Full of inspiring examples of companies that are improving the environment while simultaneously boosting their profits. Romm shows managers how they can build or retrofit their operations to reduce emissions and achieve quick returns on the investment.