Resources for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Climate Action
Climate Change and
An organization that is building a grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. ASPI & KSP have organized actions with 350.org and the Frankfort Climate Action Network since 2007.
Action Network (CAN)
Network of NGO's whose goal is to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.
Critical Mass Energy Project
The Critical Mass Energy Project is sponsored by the public interest group Public Citizen. Their site contains background literature, congressional testimony, fact sheets, and publication lists for a variety of energy related legislation.
A local citizen's group in Frankfort, Kentucky working to raise awareness and take practical steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Frankfort and Franklin County.
Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
ICLEI is building and supporting a worldwide movement of local governments to improve global environmental conditions through local actions. More than 240 cities, towns, and counties as members. Their site includes project descriptions, newsletters, and a "tools guide" for local governments.
KCC is the state's only organization dedicated solely to providing a non-partisan voice for Kentucky 's environmental community in Frankfort . KCC works to make sound environmental stewardship a priority for elected officials and voters.
The Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance (KySEA) works to promote clean, sustainable and affordable energy solutions for Kentucky. We’ve created this site to be a resource to the wide range of individuals, businesses and organizations who are working to advance sustainable energy policies and practices in our state. Together we can help Kentuckians save money and energy, create new jobs, and benefit our health, environment and climate.
Union of Concerned Scientists
UCS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing responsible public policies in areas where science and technology play a critical role. The UCS web site includes an in-depth examination of global warming as well as energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation issues.
NRDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world's natural resources and ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all. Their site includes many documents on energy efficiency under the air/energy program.
"RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. They aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary."
Alliance to Save Energy
A coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy, and national security. Their site includes summaries of Alliance programs, links to Alliance Associates, press releases, and a publications list.
American Council for an Energy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.
The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings - The Consumer Guide will help you find energy-saving products and show you how to use them most effectively. From light bulbs to furnaces, air conditioners to washing machines, windows to refrigerators, all are covered in this guide for consumers who care about the environment and about their budget. Published by ACEEE and available at click here.
The Home Energy Checklist for Action - click here
An independent reference library of energy conservation tips for homes and businesses.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network of the US DOE
EREN is an enormous database and search engine on all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The site provides access to a wealth of information about renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.
Energy Efficient Building Association
EEBA promotes energy-efficient and environmentally responsible buildings and communities. Their site includes an electronic bookstore, links to sponsors, conference information, and member news.
Energy Star Products and Programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are promoting the purchase and use of energy-efficient appliances and equipment by awarding the Energy Star label. Their site includes programs descriptions, product specifications, lists of qualifying products and manufacturers, news and updates.
Federal Fuel Economy Site
The new Federal Fuel Economy website provides official miles-per-gallon numbers for Model Year 2000 cars and light trucks. This newly enhanced government website now includes features for comparing vehicles by fuel cost and global warming pollution.
Green Lights Program of the US EPA
The U.S. EPA Green Lights Program encourages the widespread use of energy-efficient lighting. Their site includes a list of Green Lights participants, support services, and on-line manuals and publications.
Home Energy Magazine is dedicated to housing quality, comfort, and energy efficiency. The Home Energy web site includes an index to all feature articles, some full articles, and energy links.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Energy Efficiency &
Renewable Energy Program
Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct a wide range of basic and applied research and development to advance the nation's energy resources, environmental quality, scientific knowledge, educational foundations, and economic competitiveness. Their energy efficiency and renewable energy program web site includes on-line publications, databases, project descriptions, and news.
With Energyguide.com, you can learn how to lower your energy bills, through selecting a new supplier, replacing equipment in your home, or changing the way you use energy. You can also learn how your choices impact the environment. ENERGYguide offers, for sale, a growing list of high quality products to help reduce your energy costs along with the information you need to guide your decisions. Many of the products bear the ENERGY STAR? label from the Environmental Protection Agency. The site also has interactive features.
Nexus Energy Software
This site offers an online home energy audit program and access to resources related to home energy efficiency. Nexus sells home energy audit software on CD and other energy-related software.
Rocky Mountain Institute
RMI is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining. We do this by inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth. RMI's site contains a wealth of resources related to green building, energy efficiency, and other topics related to sustainable resource use.
Get the latest inside news on energy-efficiency research, policy, and events with this electronic newsletter published by the Alliance to Save Energy.
Energy.com is an on-line source of consumer information about energy consumption and generation. Consumers can purchase energy-related products and, for those in states with a deregulated utility industry, choose an energy supplier or join a buying group through the site.
Affordable Comfort's mission is to advance the performance of residential buildings through it's annual and regional training events for building professionals on ways to remodel, repair, build, and diagnose homes, so they perform their best. The site includes the training schedule as well as technical resources for contractors, builders and technicians.
Building Green offers extensive resources related to sustainable building design. Publishers of Environmental Building News, a monthly newsletter featuring comprehensive, practical information on a range of topics related to sustainable design in the built environment.
Building Standards and Guidelines
DOE's Building Standards & Guidelines Program is developing compliance tools and training materials, providing information, and offering technical assistance on building energy codes. Their site contains model energy codes, code compliance materials, training information, news and contacts.
Homes Across America
Homes Across America aims to build the bridge between homebuyers, builders, designers and technical assistance providers who have questions, ideas and information to share about resource efficient features and innovations. A broad spectrum of national partners have contributed to this searchable technology showcase of resource efficient homes and contacts across the nation.
Cool-Companies.org is the official site of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a one-stop-shop that helps organizations reduce greenhouse gas emissions with practical advice, tools and technologies.
E SOURCE is a membership-based, information service company providing independent analysis of markets and technologies. Their site includes lists of services, publications, and members.
Sustainable Business.com is a focal point for the sustainable business community on the Internet. Their site consists of the Sustainable Business Insider journal, Library, Sustainable Business Opportunities, and Green Dream Jobs.
Regional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Organizations
Florida Solar Energy Center
The Florida Solar Energy Center researches and promotes energy efficiency and solar energy in Florida. Their site includes project descriptions, on-line research reports, software demos, news and events.
Kentucky Department for Energy Development
The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence oversees the development of Kentucky's comprehensive energy strategy. Their Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency provides leadership, resources, and information to support the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Kentucky. Their weekly ENERGY WATCH newsletter provides a summary of state and national news related to energy.
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is a regional network of organizations collaborating to promote energy efficiency. MEEA's vision is to be a leader in raising and sustaining the level of energy efficiency in the Midwest region by fostering increased market penetration of existing energy-efficient technologies and promoting new technologies, products and best practices, including renewable energy.
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is a nonprofit network for sharing ideas, resources, and information with individuals, businesses, and communities to promote a sustainable future through renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Association for Community Economic Development
MACED works to create economic alternatives that make a difference to people and places in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. We invest in good ideas and help others move their good ideas forward.
North Carolina Solar Center
Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center serves as a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. Through its programs and services, the Solar Center seeks to stabilize energy costs for consumers, stimulate local economies, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, and mitigate the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuels.
Southface Energy Institute
The Southface Energy Institute works to promote environmentally sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. Programs such as the Greenprints conference and tradeshow foster the Southface mission and present quality learning opportunities for those new to green building, in addition to offering a dynamic forum for for design and construction professionals to interact with experts.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a national organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. ASES promotes the widespread near- and long-term use of solar energy. Publishers of Solar Today magazine (http://www.solartoday.org).
The hands-on journal of home-made power, grew out of our passion for renewable energy (RE). We're concerned about a world that is increasingly polluted. We're concerned about the high energy use and waste of "developed" cultures. And we're concerned that people are dependent and unable to care for themselves when it comes to energy. Renewable energy gives people control over their energy future by using energy that is provided daily by nature.
The National Renewable
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the nation's leading center for renewable energy research, also conducts energy efficiency and energy policy research. Their site features program and project descriptions, partnership opportunities, publications, news and events.
Solar Cookers International
Solar Cookers International assists communities to use the power of the sun to cook food and pasteurize water for the benefit of people and environments.
Solar Energy Industries
The national trade organization of solar energy manufacturers, distributors, dealers, contractors, installers, architects, consultants and marketers.
The Solar Guide
The Solar Guide aims to give consumers the practical information they want, about buying solar and renewable energy systems.