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Data Nuggets

Data Nuggets are an innovative approach to bring authentic, cutting edge research and data into the classroom, revealing to students how the process of science really works and increasing the connections between scientists and the public. Data Nuggets give students practice interpreting quantitative information and making claims based on evidence. Students are challenged to answer a scientific question using data to support their claim, and are guided through the construction of graphs to facilitate data interpretation. Because of their simplicity and flexibility, they can be used throughout the school year as students build confidence in their quantitative skills. Data Nuggets have the potential to improve the understanding of science in society and help train and motivate the next generation of scientists and engineers. Read More

NOAA Data Resources for Educators

The Data Resources for Educators collection is designed to help educators find NOAA and NOAA-related data resources that range from classroom ready, student-friendly interfaces to raw real-time and historical data. The resources are grouped into several topic areas and may be cross listed if they fall under multiple categories. Classroom ready resources are defined as those resources which need little or no teacher preparation before sharing with students. The other tabs include data portals or resources that are related to the following topics but not necessarily packaged for classroom use: Oceans and Freshwater, Climate, Weather and Atmosphere, Visualizations, Cryosphere, and Historical. These resources often contain interactive interfaces and information that can be downloaded to a spreadsheet program. Resources near the top of the list are easier to integrate into the classroom, while entries lower in the list might possess a higher degree of difficulty to integrate. Read More

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC): Gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local, and international sources. Invasive species are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm. Read More

C-CAP Land Cover Atlas

This online data viewer provides user-friendly access to regional land cover and land cover change information developed through NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). The Land Cover Atlas eliminates the need for desktop geographic information system software, or advanced technical expertise, by processing C-CAP data for the user and providing easy access to that distilled information. The tool summarizes general change trends (such as forest losses or new development) and can highlight specific changes of interest (salt marsh losses to open water, or evergreen forest losses to development, for instance). Read More

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

Water Ecology

A seven-chapter manual on water hydrology and ecology in the state of Iowa. Read More

Search Online Resources: Microbial Life in Extreme Environments

This page provides a collection of general resources including websites, PowerPoint presentations, teaching activities, data sets, and other useful materials for creating or enhancing courses related to microbiology and extreme environments. These materials can be used to support lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and class projects and activities. By narrowing the view, you may define and refine your search according to topics of your special interest. Read More

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Resource Guide

This guide will help you navigate the EPA’s Web site and find information that can help you improve the environment in your community. The Resource Guide was developed for EPA’s Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. In the CARE program, EPA works with communities to help them come together collaboratively to investigate the toxics problems in their communities and ultimately use EPA voluntary programs to reduce emissions of toxics in the community. The goals of CARE are to reduce risks and empower communities to become stewards of their own environment. The Resource Guide is designed to help communities in the CARE program, but it can be used by anyone interested in any aspect of working with communities. In the CARE program communities go through a multi-step process: getting organized, analyzing risks, reducing risks, tracking progress. The Resource Guide enables you to find the on-line resources that can help communities through every step of the process as they move from getting organized to becoming stewards of their own environment. The first four parts of the Resource Guide track the Community for a Renewed Environment (CARE) process. They are roughly organized in order of the steps a community would go through as it moves through that process: Read More

U.S. Wind Energy Projects Database

Detailed listing of U.S. existing and planned wind power projects, organized by state. Includes installed capacity and location, as well as developer, power purchaser and turbine manufacturer. Read More

Education and Research: Research Databases and Collections

Researchers, farmers and students with an interest in sustainable agricultural practices can access a wealth of online databases and collections to find relevant research projects and results, current or historic literature, scientific reports, document abstracts, publications, data and more. 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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