University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research: Putting Maps and Geographic Data on the Web

This website is designed to get researchers, educators, and outreach professionals started on sharing geospatial data over the web. It is organized from simple to complex techniques. Some require knowledge of GIS software, but many do not. Sharing geospatial data and maps on the web does not need to be complicated or expensive. In fact, some methods are free AND simple. Read More

Welcome to Nanoscience: Interdisciplinary Environmental Explorations, Grades 9–12

Welcome to Nanoscience introduces nanotechnology through investigations of groundwater and is targeted for use in high school Biology, Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science Classes. The curriculum consists of a set of nano-science lessons which can be taught as stand alone lessons or as a whole curriculum. Taken as a whole, the materials span approximately three weeks of in-class instructional activities. The curriculum booklet includes several introductory chapters that provide background on nano-scale science and technology. Each classroom-tested, inquiry-based investigation follows the BSCS 5E Instructional Model and includes step-by-step instructions, materials lists, and data charts. Teachers may choose to use individual lessons or adopt the book in its entirety. Welcome to Nanoscience helps biology, chemistry, and Earth and environmental science teachers at the secondary level introduce the science behind nanotechnology into their curriculum. The authors begin with historical background, include tips on how to use the book, and lessons are mapped to National Science Education Standards. The book provides a unique framework for the study of nano-scale science through environmental science, specifically groundwater pollution. Read More

Discover Life

An interactive encyclopedia about the taxonomy, natural history, distribution, abundance & ecology of species. Includes identification guides, maps & tools to study nature. Read More

UGEC Viewpoints

Urbanization is a global phenomenon that has transformed and continues to alter landscapes and the ways in which societies function and develop. For this issue of UGEC Viewpoints, the editors collected case-studies presented at the Open Meeting that span across regions and themes: from Australia and the United States, as well as the less developed nations in Africa, megacities of Asia such as Dhaka, Bangladesh and Delhi, India, vulnerable coastal areas of the Yucatan Peninsula, and the largest rainforest in the world, the Brazilian Amazon. Currently, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities; the United Nations projects that by 2030 the world will advance to the 60% urbanization threshold. Rapid urbanization effects will not only be present within the immediate locations (cities and their metropolitan areas), but will be experienced regionally and globally. The UGEC project seeks to better understand these implications and the complex dynamic systems of urban areas that affect and are affected by global environmental change (e.g., climate change, natural disasters, loss of biodiversity, freshwater ecosystem decline, desertification, and land degradation). Several commonalities are readily identifiable in the authors’ research, some of which include an attention to the roles of the governance structures within … Read More

Designing and Remodeling a Home

Before you design a new home or remodel an existing one, you should consider investing in its energy efficiency. You’ll save energy and money in the long run. It’s also a good time to invest in a renewable energy system that will provide your home with electricity, water heating, or space heating and cooling. Read More

Understanding Hurricanes

Scientist Kevin Petty, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, studies hurricanes. He is helping to improve hurricane forecasts and warnings by learning how to better predict the intensity and duration of hurricanes. Running time 2:43 minutes. Available by subscription. Read More

Legumes in Soil Conservation Practices

Describes measures for preventing soil erosion through the planting of legumes. Read More

Climate Change: Atmospheric Particulates

Atmospheric particulates (also called aerosols) are microscopic particles of solids or liquids that are suspended in a gas – think of dust motes floating in a sunbeam. There are many natural sources of atmospheric particulates: dust blown into the air by the wind, salts splashed into the air by sea spray, and soots from volcanoes and forest fires. Read More

Case Studies

Built Greenâ„¢ homes and communities are unique, with features chosen from hundreds of items on the Built Green checklists. Every Built Green home also meets strict state and local codes for water use efficiency, stormwater, energy and ventilation. Case studies of actual certified homes and communities are presented on this page to provide a glimpse into the wide variety of sustainable possibilities that you can discuss with your builder, remodeler or designer. Read More

Practical Industry Intelligence for Commercial Real Estate, “The Green Issue”

The term “green” evokes a broad range of sentiments among different people, even those under the umbrella of the real estate industry. To many, green means protecting and preserving what remains of pristine nature, often by careful urban and suburban planning. To others, the term implies a regulatory headache involving research on wetlands and costly environmental impact studies. Read More


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