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Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment. Through CARE, a community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people’s exposure to them. By providing financial and technical assistance, EPA helps CARE communities get on the path to a renewed environment. Read More

Biodiesel Sustainability

Biodiesel is made from sustainable renewable resources that are abundant and available right here in the United States. It is made from plant oils, animal fats and even recycled grease and works in conventional diesel engines, with one major exception – biodiesel significantly reduces harmful emissions. Read More

Joint Service Pollution Prevention and Sustainability Technical Library

The P2 Library is a comprehensive clearinghouse for pertinent and timely environmental information to help installations and facilities proactively plan for the future of their missions and operations. A source of proven approaches to problem solving and solutions to common environmental challenges. Read More

Phytoremediation Online Decision Tree

Phytoremediation is implemented by establishing a plant or community of plants that have been selected to provide the required remediation mechanisms. The technology exploits the natural hydraulic and metabolic processes of plants, and thus is passive and solar driven. The technology can be used in combination with mechanical treatment methods or as a “stand alone” treatment method. Read More

Phytoremediation Resource Guide

Identifying and accessing pertinent information resources that will help site cleanup managers evaluate innovative technologies is key to the broader use of these technologies. This Guide is intended to increase awareness about technical information and specialized resources related to phytoremediation technologies. Specifically, this document identifies a cross section of information intended to aid users in remedial decision-making, including abstracts of field demonstrations, research documents, and information to assist in the ordering of publications. In addition, the look-up format of this document allows the user to quickly scan available resources and access more detailed abstracts. Read More

Brownfields Technology Primer: Selecting and Using Phytoremediation for Site Cleanup

The Brownfields Technology Support Center (BTSC) has developed this document to provide an educational tool for site owners, project managers, and regulators to help evaluate the applicability of the phytoremediation process at brownfields sites. Cleanup technologies that reduce costs, decrease time frames, or positively affect other decision considerations (for example, community acceptance) can have a significant effect on the redevelopment potential of brownfields sites. Increased attention to brownfields sites and the manner in which they are redeveloped places greater importance on the selection of cleanup technologies. Read More


EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.


EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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