Thursday, October 15, 2009

50 Climate Change Tools and Resources for Blog Action Day 2009

Climate change in Google Earth has built a site where you “explore the potential impacts of climate change on our planet Earth and find out about possible solutions for adaptation and mitigation, ahead of the UN’s climate conference in Copenhagen in December.”

MNN’s 15 Best Carbon Calulators: Some of the best online calculators to estimate your carbon footprints .

The Top 100 Effects of Climate Change: A list of the consequences of climate change.

10 Solutions for Climate Change: Ways of combating climate change including details of what we can do to solve these problems.

Water Sustainability Tool: The tool is designed to help individual companies build a business water strategy.

Telework Assessment Tool: This site enables users to estimate the net environmental impacts of telework as well as non-telework and telework impacts separately, as they relate to transportation, electronic and electrical equipment use at home and in the office, lighting use at home and in the office and heating and cooling at home and in the office.

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI): GEMI provides businesses with tools and strategies to help foster global environmental health and safety as well as economic success.

OpenEco: "OpenEco is a new global on-line community that provides free, easy-to-use tools to help participants assess, track, and compare business energy performance, share proven best practices to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and encourage sustainable innovation."

GHG Protocol Initiative- World Business Council for Sustainable Development: "The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The GHG Protocol Initiative, a decade-long partnership between the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is working with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective programs for tackling climate change."

Safe Climate for Business: Safe Climate is a joint project of the World Resources Institute and the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and is dedicated to helping business of all sizes understand and take action on climate change. The site contains a helpful tool for determining your carbon footprint.

Carbon Footprint: "Carbon Footprint is proud to be the United Nations (UN) offset partner. Selected to offset emissions from the first ever General Assembly Debate on climate change - held earlier this month in New York." This is a great site to read more about the carbon footprint, climate change and carbon dioxide reductions.

Carbon Offsets: This link seeks to explain what offsets are and the benefits they offer companies seeking to eliminate the climate impacts of their operations.

Climate Change: Yahoo! Green: This site was created by Yahoo! to fight against global climate change. It offers news and articles on related subjects and also allows you to calculate your own carbon footprint. If you have questions about global warming, this is a great resource!

EPA's Climate Change Site: "EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments."

Pacific Southwest Research Station: "PSW scientists collaborate with National Forest System and other natural-resource managers to provide scientific bases for new methods on adaptation and mitigation to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions."

The Center for Climate Strategies: "The Center for Climate Strategies was formed in 2004 to support states and other entities in the creation and management of climate change mitigation plans and policies, along with related energy, economic, and environmental policies." This site provides an analysis on policies and plans to reduce GHG emissions.

United States Climate Action Partnership: The USCAP is a group of businesses and leading environmental organizations that have come together to call on the federal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions."

Widgetbox: An extremely handy paper calculator that assesses the environmental impact of any print job, from cards to resumes to brochures and more.

Vehicle Eco Calculator: takes everything into account including carbon impact, ROI, cost, fuel efficiency and more.

World Wildlife Fund: The (WWF) has a simple, handy calculator that looks at the impact of food, transportation, work and other important indices.

Environmental Protection Agency: A comprehensive carbon calculator that takes a number of important factors into account and offers helpful resources for further information.

TerraPass: Everything you need to make your airline travel a little more green. Offset flights and much more, and see how many trees get planted. Even with increases in airfare, carbon offsets are inexpensive. It’s not completely greening your travel – only staying home does that – but it does help.

Water filter comparison: Tool that illustrates how much plastic is used when you drink bottled water as opposed to tap water.

Home Energy Saver: A great DIY home energy audit tool that offers resources for making your home more efficient.

eco Flock: The green browser

Eight eco-friendly Facebook Applications: (Look for next week’s post on green social media for more.)

Earth 911: Everything from recycling center information to carbon calculators to green resources to product reviews and company analysis. A great consumer resource.

Brighter Planet: A linear thinker’s ideal resource. With streamlined, well-organized directions for a number of carbon-impact-related issues, this is a very helpful resource.

Build It Green: A nonprofit dedicated to improving housing standards and reducing sprawl in California. Full of helpful tips for building and retrofitting according to green standards.

EcoBroker: Real estate agents, affiliates, information, regional resources and much more for all things related to eco property management and sales.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Essential reading for anyone interested in learning the truth about global warming and climate change, industry efforts to reduce environmental regulation, lobbying and corruption, and science-by-press-release. Dispelling myths, exposing lies, educating the eco-minded.

Green Drinks: is a real-life organization that holds meet-ups internationally (visit the site to see if there’s a Green Drinks chapter in your town). The topic: green. The event: drinks. A good time is had by all. Sign up online – Green Drinks is on Facebook.

Local Harvest: has a comprehensive online map that helps you to find local, organic farmers, farmers’ markets and CSAs (community supported agriculture) in your area.

Agricultural Marketing Service: offers a complete national guide to farmers’ markets and co-ops for the United States.

Interactive map: For all the commiserating about China, the state of California alone emits more carbon dioxide. Learn about global comparisons you may not have known before with this resource that covers everything from poverty to fuel to resources to food.

EcoFlip is classifieds gone green. Everything you’d find on Craigslist or Freecycle, but green.
Green search is everywhere.

WebEcoist green search engine: There are dozens of excellent green search options listed in the roundup.

Life Cycle Assessment Tool

Climate Change Mitigation Strategies

Online tools for offline green living from CNET
CNET eco-friendly downloads.

More green tools

Mashable’s list of 80+ sites, blogs, resources, tools, and calculators.

25 of the Best Green Blogs and News Websiites

25 of the Best Green Web Tools, Applications and Resources

25 of the Best Green Forums and Social Media Websites

25 of the Best Green Agencies and Organizations Online

Next week: On October 24, is organizing the International Day of Climate Action. See what people all around the world are planning to do next week to demonstrate their commitment to stopping climate change.

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