Essential Websites

The following links will connect you to essential websites for getting a good understanding of the concepts of reGENERATIVE DESIGN, as well as  of related discussions in biology, ecology and environmentalism.



Climate Science and Environmental Websites a Green focused web search engine good for searches related to environmental issues.   James E. Hansen heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Hansen is best known for his research in the field of climatology, his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue, and his continuing advocacy of action to limit the impacts of climate change.    Stephen H. Schneider is Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change (Professor by Courtesy in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) at Stanford University. During the 1980s Schneider emerged as a leading public advocate of sharp reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming. In 2007 the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US vice president, Al Gore, "for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."   The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs.  The World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. Their mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI provides—and helps other institutions provide—objective information and practical proposals for policy and institutional change that will foster environmentally sound, socially equitable development.



Whole system Ecomomics  Earth Economics: Earth Economics is an independent, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to researching and applying the economic solutions of tomorrow, today. Since 1998, Earth Economics has been providing robust, science-based, ecologically sound economic analysis, policy recommendations and tools to positively transform regional, national and international economics, and asset accounting systems. Working with leading ecologists, economists and modelers, we serve a large circle of non-profits, government agencies, policy makers, businesses, and multi-lateral organizations with research, reports, presentations, workshops and investigations. Their goal is to help communities shift away from the failed economic policies of the past, towards an approach that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Natural Capital Project: the Natural Capital Project develops simple, use-driven approaches to valuing nature, works closely with decision makers, and provides free, open source ecosystem service software tools to a broad community of users. They are a partnership combining research innovation at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota with the global reach of conservation science and policy at The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund. They work with leaders around the world to test and demonstrate how accounting for nature's benefits can support more sustainable investment and policy decisions.  International Institute for Sustainable Development - Natural Capital: IISD, funded by Environment Canada, is undertaking research into the conceptual underpinnings of the Natural Capital Approach in order to devise a suitable framework for its application within Canada. United Nations Evironmental Program Magazine: The September 2010 issue of this magazine features a review of key issues related to the development of natural capital and biodiversity. 




Renewable Energy  The American Solar Energy Society (ASES): is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network: EREN contains comprehensive information on several alternative energy technologies, including: bioenergy, hydropower, wind, solar and geothermal. Solar Energy International: SEI's workshops give individuals the knowledge and skills to design, install and maintain renewable energy systems and to build state-of-the-art solar homes that are efficient, practical, and earth friendly. Alternative Technology Association: A non-profit community group that aims to use and promote environmentally friendly technology, including renewable energy sources such as the sun, wind and water; building with natural materials and conserving energy.  European Wind Energy Association: The main objective of EWEA is to ensure that the general public, the media, decision makers and politicians are made aware of the reality of wind power, and understand the rapid progress being made in the industry which will allow wind energy to play an increasing role as a clean power for generations. The National Wind Technology Center: Learn about the latest wind turbine research or browse the wind resource database. Union of Concerned Scientists: The UCS Energy Program examines the benefits and costs of our society's energy use, and promotes energy solutions that are renewable, safe, and cost-effective.



ReCYCLING  Resource Recycling Systems: The place to turn for recycling and composting expertise. Recycler's World: A world wide trading site for information related to secondary or recyclable commodities, by-products, used and surplus items or materials  EPA: Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines: Key component in the government's "buy-recycled" program. Strategic Materials is a company that converts recyclable materials into valuable products, enabling industrial users to achieve increased operational efficiency. The Economist Case Study As the importance of recycling becomes more apparent, questions about it linger. This case study some answers Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) is an industry association that promotes and sustains the recycling of all steel products.