Natural Resource Economic Valuation
[Stallworth, H. et al. ] 2003 Mar 10. Economics of Sustainability. Listed on the US EPA Watershed Academy Web. <http://www.epa.gov/watertrain/acad2000_a.html>
This document includes issue papers developed on by the EPA’s former Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation for seven different socioeconomic aspects of the watershed approach. It provides a good overview of key debates that occur when considering the environment and economics of an area: environment-employment, cost-benefit analysis, green marketing, etc. This document is used by the EPA as a watershed academy module.
[Green Seal] <http://www.greenseal.org>
Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC dedicated to identifying and promoting environmentally-friendly products. This site provides links to its “greening” programs: Product Standards and Certification, Product Recommendations, Greening the Lodging Industry, and Policy. Green Seal also offers downloads and free printed copies of its publications and reports.
[Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design] <http://www.usgbc.org/leed/leed_main.asp>
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a program of the US Green Building Council that was established to set standards for and promote green buildings, stimulate green competition, raise consumer awareness, and transform the building market. This site provides background on the program, training workshops, certification information, and downloadable manuals and publications pertaining to green building.
[Scientific Certification Systems] 2004. <http://www.scscertified.com/>
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) was started in 1984 as an independent, third-party certifier of environmentally sound products. This site provides links to lists of certified products for food & agriculture, manufacturing, forestry, fisheries, electricity, and corporate social responsibility purchasing.
[EPA] 2004 Dec 7. What is the ETV Program? Environmental Technology Verification Program. < http://www.epa.gov/etv/>
The US Environmental Protection Agency started the ETV program in 1995 to asses the performance of technologies that protect human health and our environment. These environmental technologies are associated with air, water, soil, ecosystems, waste, pollution prevention, and monitoring. This site provides links to testing protocols, verified technologies, current evaluation projects and events, and downloadable documents.
[US Department of State] 2002 May. Overview of Sustainable Ecotourism in the United States of America. Submitted to the World Ecotourism Summit. <http://www.state.gov/g/oes/rls/or/19412.htm>
This document overviews the occurrence, planning, regulation, promotion, and future of ecotourism in the US. It provides further information of ecotourism supported by federal agencies such as the National Park Service, National Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and National Marine Fisheries Service.
Green Economics Resource Center. < http://www.progress.org/green/>
This site is founded on three principles: people are precious, national resources are important, and innovation (in the form of green economics) can be lonely. It has links to a library with recommended reading in green economics and relevant websites.