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Going Green

 

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Sustainability Books @ OCPL

 

 


Green Resources - Choose A Category

 

Local Government and Organizations

Green Building

Green Business and Research

Sustainable Communities

Green Home Office and Garden

Green Jobs

Water Conservation

Energy Conservation

Environmental Health

Recycling


Local Government and Organizations

Syracuse Bureau of Planning & Sustainability 

 

Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency (SOCPA) 

 

Onondaga Citizens League
Read the What Does it Mean to be Green or Rethinking I-81 reports and survey results from this organization that studies and proposes solutions to problems that concern Onondaga County.

 

Onondaga County Resource and Recovery Agency OCRRA  

 

Onondaga County's Office of the Environment 

 

SaveTheRain
Onondaga County Save The Rain

Green Improvement Fund: Financial Assistance for green infastructure projects on private property.

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Green Building

EPA Green Homes
A room by room list of suggestions for greening your home. This site has "... solutions that will add value to your home, reduce energy use and energy costs..."

 

EPA Green Building
EPA website on how building green relates to energy and resource conservation. It includes lists of funding opportunities for homeowners, industry, government organizations and nonprofits.

 

Green Building Council
"The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation". Find information here about LEED certification, how to register your building project and attending workshops. Upstate N.Y. Chapter.

 

International Green Construction Code
Read the code or view their other printed resources on solar power in your community, sustainable design and training material.

 

Natural Resources Defense Council, Building Green
On this site you can read about green building projects, print case studies and investigate LEED requirements.

 

NYSERDA New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Find information on green building, NYS alternative energy programs, funding opportunities for communities, companies and governments, seminars, programs and training for contractors, businesses, builders and individuals.

 

Power Naturally
Incentive programs for solar, small wind and other funding opportunities.

 

Sustainable Building Took Kit
"This tool kit was originally created by the now defunct, California Sustainable Building Task Force to assist project managers and provide quick, direct access to helpful information and documents." Contains fact sheets, case studies, financial and training information.

 

Sustainable Living
NYSERDA's programs and resources for communities and builders of green buildings. Includes information about remodeling, LEED certification, lighting, tax credits, cost analysis, and building materials.

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Green Business and Research

Carbon Fund
Calculate your carbon footprint and find ways to offset your emissions.

 

Clean Tech Center
"The Clean Tech Center develops renewable and clean energy technology companies in New York State.  A program of The Tech Garden, it is funded by NYSERDA..."

 

Syracuse Center of Excellence
A federation of business, institutions and organizations with the goal of inventing ways to improve clean and renewable energy, water quality and indoor environmental health. They suggest this list of Internet links.

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Sustainable Communities

Clean Communities of Central NY
Central NY is one of nearly 100 volunteer coalitions across the country working to reduce our reliance on petroleum by promoting "...alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction."

 

Electronic Green Journal
Read articles on international environmental issuse. Published by the University of California and the UCLA Library.

 

Environmental Finance Center
"The Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University is tasked by the EPA with facilitating the development of sustainable communities... [T]he EFC-SU leverages more than 200 SyracuseCoE partners to connect local government officials and private organizations with technical assistance, assessment tools, and funding offered by our large network of collaborators and resources.  EFC also provides professional training and community outreach..."

 

Greening USA.org
Syracuse is the home of this coalition group. Their purpose is to educate and promote green design, sustainable communities, and all environmental activities of other groups in Central NY and beyond.

 

Community Indicators Report, 2011pdf- by F.O.C.U.S. (Forging Our Community's United Strength), CNY Community Foundation, Inc and The Maxwell School Of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

 

Slow Food of CNY
A local organization for food farmers, sellers and artisans. The site includes links to blogs, local markets and farms, and serves as a voice for local growers.

 

Sustainable Communities Online
A deep resource for communities looking for green practices and research for their economies, governments, homes, food sources and environments.

 

Sustainable Housing
HUD Office of Sustainable Housing website with information about grants, cooperative community programs and sustainable urban housing. "The mission of the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities is to create strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy. "

 

Syracuse First
A network of local business, individuals and organizations who are dedicated to buying local in support of a sustainable community. This page is a good resource for finding local businesses.

 

Syracuse Grows
Community gardening and urban agriculture in Syracuse.

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Green home, office and garden

Clean Ingredients
A database of cleaning products.

 

Consumer Reports GreenerChoices

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension Community Events Onondaga County
See what environmental activities are happening in our area. Programs in our community include: Master Gardener, 4-H Youth Development, Workforce Development, Alternative Energy, and more.

 

Green Building
Home construction and remodeling tips and materials suggestions

 

Green Home Guide
From the U.S. Green Building Council, this site lets you ask construction experts questions and see answers other's have asked.

 

Green lawns and Garden Tips from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation

 

Green Office
Tips from Harvard University about how to make your work areas more energy efficient, increase recycling and reduce waste.

 

Here's One Step We Can All Take
Blog hosted by Tamara Krinsky with interesting facts, tips and statistics on small things you can do to help the environment. See how much energy can be saved by Changing the Margins on your print outs.

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Green Jobs

CDC Center for Disease and Control and Prevention
Occupational safety and health in green jobs.

 

Solar Energy International
Online and face to face Training for solar power installation and renewable energy education in wind, micro-hydro, and green construction.

 

Solar Living Institute
Online and hands-on training for beginners to advanced students in solar installation, marketing and sales. Courses to prepare you for the NABCEP Exam. Sustainability workshops.

 

Sustainability Degrees
SustainabilityDegrees.com is a resource for learning about careers, resources, and degrees in sustainability, and how you can get involved in the field.

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Water Conservation

SaveTheRain
Onondaga County Save The Rain

 

Sustainable Water Infrastructure
"EPA is committed to promote sustainable practices that will help to reduce the potential gap between funding needs and spending at the local and national level." Find out more about sustainable water infrastructure needs, watershed management, federal funding, grants, educators' resources, and public health issues.

 


Energy Conservation

Energy Savers
Energy saving and renewable energy tips for your home from the U.S. Department of Energy. Includes links to tax credits, rebate, mortgage and home improvement programs.

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Get Energy Smart
Discover ways to save energy and money in your home from New York State's Energy Research and Development Authority website. You'll find links to Energy Star builders and retailers, tips for heating and cooling your home, search for a contractor or high performance building programs in your county

 

Home Energy Saver
Learn how to save money on heating and cooling your home, hot water heaters, lighting, and appliances. Look up you home by zip code and compare it to other homes in your area.

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Environmental Health

Drinking Water Database
Find out what's in your tap water. Database shows the quality analysis for water companies around the the U.S.

 

Environmental Working Group

"At EWG, our team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions."

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Recycling

Onondaga County Resource and Recovery Agency OCRRA

 

How to Recycle Batteries in Onondaga County

 

Earth911
Locate recycling center by location or by type of material.

 

The Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act
This law will ensure that every New Yorker will have the opportunity to recycle their electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner.

 

Freecycle
A site where you can post items you want to give or get for free. The non profit site lets you locate items in your community and keep good items out of the landfill.

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Last updated: February 9, 2015