Organizations and Governmental Resources in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative –“The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) is an an independent, economic development organization established to enhance the Commonwealth’s knowledge-based Innovation Economy. In addition, MTC administers the Renewable Energy Trust, which was established to promote the supply and use of renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, solar, hydroelectric and fuel cells. “

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association — “The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the nation’s leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies.” Lots of interesting links, tours of solar homes, alternate-fuel transportation, workshops.

DOER Renewable Energy Programs — Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources (DOER) Renewable Energy Programs. Tax incentives, definitions and examples of Massachusetts area projects.

Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program — Information on environmentally considerate building materials, products and supplies. Links to general recycled product and service information.

Green Seal – provides a rating system for the environmental sensitivity of products and services. Includes product recommendations.

Clearinghouses of Resources

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives — The mission of the ICLEI is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable development conditions through cumulative local actions. The site offers ICLEI publications, including case studies, environmental campaigns and projects, and links to regional resources.

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) — tools for businesses striving to operate in environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner.

Ecosustainable Hub — connects users to many examples of sustainability projects, tools, information, discussion forums. Links page provides index of very large number of resources, organized by topic.

Sustainable USA Network — news, job database, examples of projects, youth programs, help getting involved.

Seed Coalition — Texans supporting clean air and clean energy.

Renewable Energy Policy Project — knowledge exchange for renewable energy, sustainable development practices and energy efficiency. Information on solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy, hydrogen, hydropower and more. Rich resource list in ‘Global Energy Marketplace.’

ASES – the American Solar Energy Society. Dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. ASES promotes the widespread near-term and long-term use of solar energy.

The Twin Cities Green Guide – while much of this site is specific to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, there are many great articles on a wide variety of sustainable-living topics, from recipes for household cleaners to “green business” tips.

Green Media Toolshed – Green Media Toolshed is a nonprofit project of the Tides Center, established in 2000. Our mission is to provide media-related tools and information to our members – environmental nonprofits – so that they can more effectively project their messages to the public and decision-makers.

Planning Links and Resources


PLANetizen – The Planning & Development Network – a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning and development community. Offers urban planning news, job opportunities, commentary and event calendar.

Cyburbia – the urban planning portal – Formerly the Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center (PAIRC), this site, run by Dan Tasman, is the oldest and most respected directory of planning websites. Offers hierarchical directory of resources, forums, columns.

Open Directory – Urban and Regional Planning – One of the largest, human-run web directories; the urban planning section is well-maintained by editor Richard Carson.

Yahoo! Urban Planning and Design – Yahoo!’s well-known and eclectic urban planning directory.

Professional and Industry Associations

American Institute of Architects – The AIA is the membership association for professional architects; the site features an “architect finder”, as well as online continuing education courses.

American Planning Association – The APA is the membership association for professional planners; the most authoritative source of planning information on the web.

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning – Consortium of university programs in urban planning; their website includes a list of all accredited planning programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Congress for the New Urbanism – The most prominent and respected advocate for The Newco Urbanism; the website is a comprehensive resource for all things related to New Urbanism.

National Association of Home Builders – The voice of America’s housing industry, with a federation of more than 800 state and local builders associations.

Urban Land Institute – The ULI is the membership association for real estate development professionals; their website is a comprehensive portal to real estate research and news.


ArchNewsNow – Kristen Richards’ website and daily e-newsletter features architecture and design news from around the world.

Environmental News Network – The single-best source for daily news coverage of major environmental issues.

GEOPlace – Home of many GIS publications online and in print; the site offers access to current and archived articles of GEOWorld magazine.

Metropolis Magazine – The online version of Metropolis Magazine, which examines contemporary life through design, architecture, interior design, planning, and preservation.

PlannersWeb – Home to the Planning Commissioner’s Journal, a respected newsletter for planning commissioners and citizen planners.

Planning and Markets – Devoted to the study of planned interventions versus market approaches, P&M was the first entirely-electronic academic journal in planning.

The Planning Report – The insider’s guide to managed growth in California, featuring monthly planning news and interviews.

Research and Data

Economagic – This researcher’s paradise features a vast and free collection of easily available economic time series data useful for economic and planning research, with a focus on economic forecasting.


Census Bureau – The premier gateway to all things related to the Census, demographic and business data.

Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development – The US Department of Energy’s Smart Communities Network featuring a wealth of resources for sustainable development.

Department of Housing and Urban Development – From webcasts to an online library, HUD is the portal to US housing and urban resources, including archived consolidated plan executive summaries.

Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress – This extensive collection includes several thousand historical digital images created from maps and atlases and organized into seven categories including cities, transit, landscapes, and the environment.

National Transportation Library – Run by the US Department of Transportation, this website features an impressive repository of transportation publications, statistics and other resources.

Environmental Protection Agency – Everything you always wanted to know about US environmental policies.

US Geological Survey – A large collection of data, information and maps relating to geology, biology, water, topography and mapping.

US Green Building Council – promoting enviromentally friendly buildings. Includes lists of certified projects and accredited professionals, training workshops and industry research, as well as accreditation programs.

The Natural Step – non-profit organization helping businesses and governments integrate sustainability into their operations. Research, consulting services, conferences.

Special Focus

Building America – [Select the Building America icon on the National Building Museum home page.] This educational site contains a fascinating historical perspective about land, accessible through an impressively designed interactive timeline.

Carfree Cities – Provides a collection of examples and solutions to achieve car-free cities.

Housing Zone – This web portal for professional builders covers a broad spectrum of news and topics such as affordable housing, building materials, and remodeling.

Knowledge Plex – The leading portal for the affordable housing and community development field, supported by the Fannie Mae Foundation.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – The Institute is dedicated to improving the quality of debate about land use and tax policy, and maintains an impressive collection of materials from past courses.

National Geographic: Sprawl vs. Smart Growth – National Geographic’s outstanding introduction to New Urbanism is only one part of their impressive EarthPulse website, which features a variety of conservation tutorials.

National Trust for Historic Preservation – A resource center for documenting, preserving, and protecting diverse historic and cultural places.

Project for Public Spaces – PPS offers technical assistance, research and education to create and sustain public places such as parks, plazas and central squares; transportation; public buildings, architecture and public markets.

Reis – Reis is the web portal for the real estate investment community offering research, news, editorials and market data for over 100 metro areas.

Sierra Club – Offers a variety of tools and information to promote responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources.

Smart Growth America – A nationwide coalition promoting smart growth; the site provides a wealth of information about how to get started in smart growth advocacy. – A program of Reason Public Policy Institute, the website provides an extensive database of research about market-oriented analysis of land use and economic development issues.

Regional/Local Sites

EcoCity Cleveland – Promotes ecological design, smart growth, and transportation choices in Northeast Ohio. The website demonstrates how planning theory is being applied in the region.

LUPIN: Land Use Planning Information Network – LUPIN is part of the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System, and the model site for what a state planning website should be. The website features an extensive collection of zoning codes, plans, reports, and other resources.

Michigan Land Use Institute – MLUI seeks to help Michigan avoid the patterns of suburban sprawl by offering original research and commentary about the environment, transportation, land management and conservation.

International Sites

International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism – INTBAU is a new international network for all those who design, make, maintain, study or enjoy traditional building, architecture and places.

PLANUM – The online European planning journal, featuring editorials and news from around the world.

Outside The Box – The leading source for information about skyscrapers around the world, featuring an impressive database of images and statistics for over 42,000 buildings.

Radical Urban Theory – A simple but elegant collection of writings and excerpts about the urban condition. – A journal of the built and natural environments, featuring articles, essays, editorials, poetry, fiction, artwork, and the “UnSprawl” case studies.

Consumer Information

OPT Consumer: Buying Clean Electricity — DOE Office of Power Technologies guide to buying clean electricity.

OPT Consumer: Making Your Own Clean Electricity — DOE Office of Power Technologies guide to making clean electricity at home.

DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy — has a good amount of info about alternative energy and energy efficiency. — information to help in choosing the greenest conventional cars. Buyer’s guide, news and articles, answers to frequently asked questions.

Smart Communities Network — U.S. Department of Energy sustainable development information. Includes a range of topics, with definitions and principles, success stories, regulations, articles, and educational materials relating to sustainable development.

Sustainable Communities Network — links to sustainability and smart growth resources. News about sustainable community projects, resources for a variety of sustainablility issues. — a network of communities, organizations and individuals promoting sustainable development. Site gathers resources on topics ranging from household tips to organizing action teams. – energy saving tips, factsheets, news, software tools.

Sustainable Living Tips

Consortium for Energy Efficiency — The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), a national, non-profit public benefits corporation, promotes the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services.

RealMoney — a newsletter offering practical tips for individuals who wish to spend and invest their money in harmony with their values.

The Twin Cities Green Guide – while much of this site is specific to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, there are many great articles on a wide variety of sustainable-living topics, from recipes for household cleaners to “green business” tips.

Green Building Information

Green Design Network — newsletters, regional directories for California, Florida and Georgia; links covering issues from site selection to construction.

Green Building Concepts — information exchange for home builders and upgraders. Guides to building with energy-efficiency, product tips, free newsletter, more.

Sustainable Building Resources — more resources for building projects, including searchable database of Green Building Professionals, bookstore, real estate listings, calendar and discussion groups.

Green Building Primer — informational article from Building Environmental Science and Technology discussing what green building is and why it is important.

Solar Energy Information

The Million Solar Roofs Initiative — Million Solar Roofs (MSRI) is an initiative to install solar energy systems on one million U.S. buildings by 2010. Site includes links to financial incentives, outreach tools and more.



How Solar Cells Work — informational page from How Stuff Works. Easy-to-follow explanation of the technology and its applications.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory — “The U.S. Department of Energy’s premier laboratory for renewable energy research and development and a lead lab for energy efficiency R&D.”

Fuel Cell Information

How Fuel Cells Work — informational page from How Stuff Works. Easy-to-follow explanation of the technology and its applications.

Fuel Cell Online — fuel-cell related news, discussion board, links to information, events, products, companies and more.

Fuel Cells: Green Power — PDF-format report from Los Alamos National Laboratory, discussing fuel cell technology and its potential.



Weblinks for Sustainability Information

Here is a list of weblinks where you can find information on sustainability. There are lots of them. Please feel free to contact us to tell us which ones you like and to suggest additional sites– If anyone wants to volunteer to organize them, please contact me. Thank you.

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods
The Playbook provides local governments with guidance and resources to rapidly advance green buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure.

Green Museum
Welcome to the Toolbox for Communities. This introduction is part of an ongoing resource designed to highlight and help encourage public participation in the creation of environmental art. If art is fundamentally about communication, community-based art can help ensure that what gets made fits the people and the place and contributes to a sense of public empowerment.

PV BALLE- Poineer Valley Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts we are blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of independent businesses, wonderful family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It’s a rich and diverse culture and one that the Pioneer Valley Business Alliance for Local Living Economies is dedicated to protecting and strengthening.

Foundation for Global Community
The Foundation for Global Community (FGC) is the current manifestation of a series of prior organizations, all of which have made their contribution, both financially and in terms of a legacy of experience and collected wisdom, to FGC. All these organizations, Sequoia Seminar, Women to Women, Building the Earth, Creative Initiative, Beyond War, and the Foundation for Global Community, have been iterations of a fundamental philosophy.

Sustainability Institute
The Sustainability Institute. We focus on understanding the root causes of unsustainable behavior in complex systems to help restructure systems and shift mindsets that will help move human society toward sustainability. Our staff includes biologists, writers, social scientists, system dynamics modelers, and facilitators bringing a wide variety of experiences and skills to our work.

New American Dream
The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
The International Institute for Sustainable Development, IISD champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications.

ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability
is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.

Sustainable Step New England helps organizations to grow and thrive within a changing global environment

Center for Creative Community Delopment
The Center for Creative Community Development (C3D) – a joint project of Williams College and MASS MoCA made possible through a major grant from the Ford Foundation – will serve as a national focal point for research, education and training on the role of the arts in community re-development.

Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to education for sustainable living.

CERES – Investors and Environmentalists for Sustainable Prosperity
Ceres is the largest coalition of investors, environmental and public interest organizations in North America.
A partnership of Earth Communications Office and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

CNU – New Urbanism and the Booming Metropolis
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl.

Rocky Mountain Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization. We foster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining.

The Conservation Economy
The conservation economy pattern map offers a visual guide to the sustainability patterns that provide a framework for developing a conservation economy.

UNEP – Creative Gallery on Sustainability Communications
A creative gallery on sustainability communications–a database of ads from around the world.

Sustainable Business provides global news and networking services to help green business grow, covering all sectors: renewable energy, green building, sustainable investing, and organics.
Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us.

Redifining Progress – The Nature of Economies
Redefining Progress is the nation’s leading public policy think tank dedicated to smart economics. We find solutions that ensure a sustainable and equitable world for future generations.
A website of inspirational environmental messages.

Ecological and Environmental Economics
A listing of more wesbites related to environmental and ecological economics.

Eco Steps – Sustainability Partner
An Australian website of sustainability consultants.

SEDAC – Environmental Sustainability Index
An Initiative of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission-provides access to the Sustainability Index.

Futerra Sustainability Communications
Futerra is a communications company. Since 2001 Futerra has built a unique expertise in communicating sustainability with clients such as Sky, Greenpeace, Royal Dutch Shell, Yorkshire Forward, the United Nations and Ben and Jerry’s.

Tufts University
Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute.

Global Community Initiatives
Global Community Initiatives (GCI) helps communities move forward with confidence and enthusiasm to achieve their vision for a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, good governance, and a sense of connection to their neighbors and the world.

Global Footprint Network
Global footprint network–supporting a sustainable economy by advancing the ecological footprint, a measurement and management tool that makes the reality of planetary limits relevant  to decision-makers throughout the world.

Harvard Innovations – Energy Resources
The Government Innovators Network is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation for policy makers, policy advisors, and practitioners.

Grass Roots Recycling Network
The grassroots recycling network.

Green Media Toolshed
Resources for successful comunications campaigns for the environmental movement.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior
Resource for community-based social marketing–fostering sustainable behavior.

MBDC – Cradle to Cradle Community Forum
MBDC is a product and process design firm dedicated to revolutionizing the design of products and services worldwide. William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart founded MBDC in 1995 to promote and shape what they call the “Next Industrial Revolution” through the introduction of a new design paradigm called Cradle to Cradle Design, and the implementation of eco-effective design principles.

New Ecology Inc.
New Ecology, Inc. (“NEI”) was founded in 1999 to spearhead sustainable development in distressed urban communities in New England.

A website full of energy conservation calculators.

Sustainable Development Indicators
A website full of links to sustainable development indicator websites and research.

Local Government Commission
The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.

Northeast Recycling Council
Northeast Recycling Council–NERC’s mission is to advance an environmentally sustainable economy by promoting source and toxicity reduction, recycling, and the purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services.

Iowa State University
Measuring Community Success and Sustainability: An Interactive Workbook
was initiated as part of a project by the Aspen Institute’s Rural Economic Policy Program, funded by the Ford Foundation.

Green Communities
Minnesota Green Communities is a collaboration of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund, and Enterprise designed to foster the creation of affordable, healthier, and more energy efficient housing throughout Minnesota.

National Association of Counties
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.

Arbor Day Foundation – National Tree Trust
The Arbor Day Foundation–inspiring people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees.

U.S. Department of Energy
United States Dept. of Energy– Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

Network Weaving
A social network blog about the creation of robust & vibrant economic and community networks… using network mapping, weaving and leadership development.

Sustainable Living Choices
Government of South Australia–sustainable living choices information.

One Day – City of Vancouver
One Day is about taking small steps to reduce energy use, at home and on the road, to make Vancouver the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world.

ACEEE – American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.

Policy Link
olicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®

Regional Progress
Provides a forum for measuring the San Francisco Bay Area’s progress toward the achievement of regional sustainability: a healthy environment, vibrant economy, and equitable society. Some of the people involved with the Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network have been thinking we would like to replicate this kind of a resource for our region.

Research Institute for Managing Sustainability
The Research Institute for Managing Sustainability at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration is committed to tackling the societal, political and economic challenges which arise in the context of sustainable development with interdisciplinary approaches in research, education and consulting.

Recource Renewal Institute
The Resource Renewal Institute facilitates the creation, development and implementation of practical strategies to solve the entire complex environmental problem by addressing it comprehensively.

RoadMap 2020
Saskatoon Canada’s road map for sustainability.

Sustainable Communities Network
The sustainable communities network. Communities with the greatest and most diverse citizen participation are often resilient and strong. Engaging citizens to address common issues is essential for educated decision-making. This area provides resources for encouraging civil discourse and involvement.

Score Card
The pollution information site–U.S.
Get an in-depth pollution report for your county, covering air, water, chemicals, and more.

Scottlan’ds Footprint
A resource flow and ecological footprint of Scotland.

Second Nature
Second Nature was founded in Boston in 1993 by a small group of forward-thinking leaders that included Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA), Teresa Heinz Kerry, Bruce Droste, and others. This group sought to establish an organization dedicated to bringing about the change in society that is vital to the success and livelihood of every current and future living being: a change for a just and sustainable future.

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) was founded by the major building trade associations in 1980 as the Passive Solar Industries Council. While we continue to be an association of associations committed to high-performance design and construction, we have since changed our name to more accurately reflect the full scope of our efforts in the allied fields of architecture, engineering, building systems and materials, product manufacturing, energy analysis, and “whole building” design.
United Kingdom government webiste to embed, monitor and report on sustainable development across Whitehall and the UK.

Starting Points for Sustainable Development
Best www starting points for sustainable development-many more weblinks!

Sustain Web
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity

Sustainable Measures
Everything you want to know about indicators of sustainability.

ATA – Alternative Technology Association
The ATA (Alternative Technology Association) is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation, promoting sustainable technology and practice in order to protect our environment.

The Commons
The Commons: open society sustainability initiative. An independent platform for new thinking and worldwide collaborative problem solving.

The Conservations Fund
The Conservation Fund is the nation’s foremost environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways for future generations.

The New Rules Project
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) proposes a set of new rules that builds community by supporting humanly scaled politics and economics.

Center for Sustainable Innovation
Center for Sustainable Innovation, CSI, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created in 2004 by its founder, Mark W. McElroy. Its purpose is to conduct research, development, training, and consulting for, and with, companies around the world interested in achieving sustainability in the conduct of human affairs, especially their own.

RE Sources is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1982 as Bellingham Community Recycling, now promotes sustainable communities.
What Eugene Tsui has done is create a wholly new paradigm for architectural understanding—that humanity and nature must become design partners to create a world of beauty and noble dignity fit for human beings—and we human beings have a moral obligation to create from the lessons of nature in order that both ourselves and nature can live in beauty and peace; each helping one another with ingenuity and creative insight; the imperative of the 21st century.

Sustainable Development
Worldwide web virtual library on sustainable development.

Tools of Change
Welcome to Tools of Change! This Web site, founded on the principles of community-based social marketing, offers specific tools, case studies, and a planning guide for helping people take actions and adopt habits that promote health and/or are more environmentally-friendly.

Urban Land Institute
The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

COWS – Center of Wisconsin Strategy
Center on Wisconsin STrategy, COWS is a national policy center and field laboratory for high-road economic development — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government.

Economic Development Council of Western MA
Economic Development Council of western MA–Founded in 1996, the EDC successfully brings together the three-county, Western Massachusetts region’s public and private leadership with one voice to create a positive environment for responsible economic growth.

Wiser Earth
Wiserearth serves the people who are transforming the world. It is a community directory and networking forum that maps and connects non-governmental organizations and individuals addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights and more.

CULLBRIDGE™ is a  research, marketing and communications consulting firm focused on social marketing, sustainability, green buikdings and more.

Future Friendly
Future friendly is a new initiative, a partnership between brands and leading sustainability experts, designed to help us do what we do every day in a way that promotes sustainable living without compromising on the performance we expect.

Fixing The Planet

Berkshire Pioneer RC&D