As part of the Campus Greenlight project, ESI collected the following online resources that provide additional guidance on how to better conserve energy and live a greener life.
Energy Efficiency & Impact Calculators
Texas State Energy Conservation Office: Helps Texas make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies.
Alliance to Save Energy: Promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.
Energy Star Products: 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.
EPA Household Emissions Calculator: Hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency, this calculuator helps you estimate the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by your household. The site also provides you with the opportunity to compare CO2 emissions associated with recycling and alternative energy methods.
Stoney Brook University Energy Saving Calculator: Energy saving calculator stemming from sustainable initiatives at Stony Brook University in New York.
Alternative & Clean Energy
American Wind Energy Association: Promoting wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education.
Environmental Protection Agency Clean Energy Programs: Programs work with state policy makers, electric and gas utilities, energy customers, and other key stakeholders. By identifying, designing and implementing clean energy policy and technology solutions, we are delivering important environmental and economic benefits.
Greener Choices: Launched on Earth Day 2005 by Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, Greener Choices is a Web-based initiative to inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices.
Solar Austin: A nonprofit advocacy and information organization for renewable and sustainable energy. Solar Austin works to accelerate the transition to clean renewable energy, building healthy communities, strong economies and energy independence.
Solar Electricity Basics: From the Florida Solar Energy Center, introductory information about how solar panels work.
U.S. Department of Energy: Government resource leading the nation’s efforts in research of sustainable programs, such as Wind and Water Power, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, and Solar Technology. Topics such as Space Heating and Cooling are offered.
The University of Texas Bloomhouse (Solar Decathlon 2007): An interdisciplinary team of students, faculty and industry partners at The University of Texas program is dedicated to the design, construction, testing and public demonstration of market-ready dwellings that integrate human, natural and technological systems, are adaptable by design, and entirely powered by the sun.
MIT Energy Initiative: MIT researchers partnered with results-oriented scientists, engineers and planners in industry and government, working together to transform the world’s energy marketplace.
Pages for Kids and Students
Alliant Energy: Powerkids: Kid-friendly information on the energy and the environment, including wind power and storm readiness games.
Energy Hog Interactive Game: Learn how to defeat Energy Hogs and become an official Energy Hog Buster.
Energy Kids: Operated by the Department of Energy, include facts about including descriptions of renewable and nonrenewable resources are made available in a way accessible to children.
The Sustainability Guide for College Students on a Budget: This list is meant to be a green guide for everyday living for students and also provide ideas for how to effect positive policy changes on campus.