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List of Gale databases. Includes GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources), a sustainability database of potential interest. Includes a list of indexed journals and reference works.
ONLINE SUSTAINABILITY LIBRARIES
Who: California’s Green Workforce Coalition, organization devoted to preparing a green workforce in California to support economic growth
Primary Audience: People interested in green job development in California (and to a lesser extent, the broader US)
Content: Divided into 11 sections: Carbon, Climate Change, Energy, Green Business, Green Economics, Green Jobs, Job Seeker Guides, Policy, Training, Water. Collection includes reports produced by California’s local governments, the federal government, corporations, economic development agencies, and academic researchers.
Notes: Nice, simple site design; tightly focused and well organized collection; and a prominent link inviting users to suggest documents to contribute to library.
Who: SustainAbility, organization dedicated to promoting the unique role of business within the sustainability agenda
Primary Audience: Members of the sustainable business community
Content: Articles, podcasts, interviews, webinars, and research reports on the intersection of business and sustainability, all created by SustainAbility.
Notes: I wasn’t crazy about the blog-like layout of the page, but it does allow users to refine library materials by theme, author, type, or date. I was impressed by the web 2.0 features, including comprehensive tagging, the ability to “like” and share items on popular social media sites and leave comments, and the search results’ integration with SustainAbility’s blog. (Free) log-in required to view all materials.
Who: SAP (Systems Analysis and Program Development), German software corporation that models sustainable practices and provides sustainability software/consulting.
Primary Audience: Corporate leaders who want to enhance the sustainability and profitability of their organizations Content: Divided into five sections: Sustainability; Performance Management; Energy & Carbon; Product Safety & Stewardship; and Environment, Health & Safety. Collection includes whitepapers created by SAP’s sustainability team; profiles of and testimonials from corporations that demonstrate sustainable business practices and/or make use of SAP sustainability software; reports that offer instructions for complying with federal environmental regulations; webcasts and videos including panel discussions, interviews, and information videos
Notes: While some of the content is freely accessible, accessing much of it requires users to register with SAP (which is free), and there is a definite marketing emphasis on the particular services that SAP offers.
Who: EarthCheck, sustainable consulting group for tourism and travel organizations
Primary Audience: Leaders from international tourism and travel organizations who want to make their businesses more sustainable
Content: Divided into six sections: Case Studies, Video Case Studies, Reports, Fact Sheets, Voluntary Carbon Offsetting, and Presentations. Most content created by EarthCheck. Case studies produced in partnership with organizations that EarthCheck has consulted for.
Notes: Well organized site; high-quality documents, all freely available.
Who: The European Commission, executive body of the EU
Primary Audience: Citizens/representatives of EU nations
Content: Divided into three sections: EU documents, Other international organisations, and Other supporting documents. Collection includes links to EU (and other, non-European government and UN) reports, action platforms, declarations and statements of principle, etc.
Who: US Joint Services
Primary Audience: Department of Defense employees and members of the US military
Content: Divided into eight sections: Pollution Prevention, EMS, Sustainability, Procurement, Energy, Electronics, Fleet Vehicles, Water. Collection includes links to government pages (EPA especially), press releases, news stories, and green organizations’ sites (such as BuildingGreen.com); fact sheets prepared by military organizations including US Army Corps of Engineers; best practices guidelines; etc.
Notes: Poorly designed site that, while it includes a wealth of content, is also not especially well organized.
Who: National Environmental Health Association, national professional association for environmental health practitioners
Primary Audience: Public & private sector workers, especially employees of state and local county health departments, and academics
Content: Divided into six sections: Renewable Energy, Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Pollution Prevention, Green Building, Excellence in Sustainability Award. Collection consists of weblinks and non-hyperlinked booklists. Links go to a variety of pages, including local, state and national government sustainability sites; articles from various magazines, newspapers, and green organizations.
Notes: A number of the hyperlinks are dead, and the collection as a whole seems a little scattered.