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Green Websites and Blogs for the Children

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For the volumes of green websites that focus on the environment and green industry, few offer such exemplary experiences as those created for the green education of our children. Those listed in this section represent a few of the best planned and most effective. By design, many offer excellent resources for the parents, with the intended effort to induce a shared experience.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): NRDC is an environmental action group, and this webpage aggregates a large and comprehensive listing of resources for kids of all ages; categorized links to sites that cover the environment, animals, plants, habitats, oceans, air pollution, global warming, recycling, parks, forests and global activism.

Care2: Although Care2 is a great site for all ages, this section also presents a very nice collection of websites dedicated to kids.

Environmental Kids Club: Who better to present the environmental story to kids than the EPA.

National Geographic Kids: Exactly what we expect from National Geographic.

Recycle City: A great EPA site for kids to learn the basics of recycling by creating their own Recycle City.

Charity Guide: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and facilitate flexible volunteerism with a Volunteering on Demand approach; how you can make a difference in 15 minutes, in a few hours or while on vacation, for a variety of concerns including children’s issues, animal welfare, health and safety, community development, poverty and environmental protection; however, the relevancy here is the information offered in the sections addressing the environmental education of children and consumers; many common sense tips on how consumers can be environmentally responsible and save money; this page is specific to the environmental education of children.

Family Education: Has Your Child sections for age groups 0-6 yrs, 7-11 yrs, 12-18 yrs.

GreenMyParents: A revolutionary, nationwide program to help young people teach their peers and parents how to work together to help the economy, earn money at home, and save the planet through simple, everyday actions.

Kids F.A.C.E. (Kids For A Green Environment):  Provides information on environmental issues to children, to encourge and facilitate youth’s involvement with effective environmental action and to recognize those efforts which result in the improvement of nature.

Kids for Saving Earth: The mission of Kids for Saving Earth is to educate, inspire, and empower children to protect the Earth’s environment; Kids for Saving Earth provides educational materials, posters, and a highly acclaimed web site featuring environmental education curriculum and activities.

Ollie’s World: Child-friendly, comprehensive, fun and stimulating website presenting information on all sorts of issues relating to sustainability principles; an interactive sustainability resource site for youngsters covering topics such as recycling, water conservation, biodiversity, green projects and includes a family of characters for the children to relate to on their level.

Kids Geo – Geography for Kids: Comprehensive educational Kids Know It Network that must be visited; topics covering the earth, astronomy, biology, geology, history, spelling, math and so much more. Includes Miamiopia, a free educational virtual world.

DITC Environmental Education Foundation, Inc: Resource for education to all, particularly eight to twelve year old children learning about animals, trees, air, water and oceans, recycling and pollution.

Ology: A science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History.

Eartheasy: A good website for general green living information but also has a nice collection of children’s green websites.

Meet the Greens: This site has created an array of high-traffic, compelling, award-winning content for getting kids to think about the world and their place in it; highly interactive, using animation and other visual techniques to keep its readers attention, Meet the Greens is a website for all ages.

Energy Kids: U.S. Energy Information Administration site that explains what energy is, what sources provide energy, how we use and can save energy, also has games for the kids.

PBS Kids: Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows.

Children of the Earth United: Geared towards youth and their families and teachers.

Rainforest Alliance: Have fun while learning all about rainforests and the people and wildlife that call them home.

Be A Green Kid: Reduce the amount of stuff you use and throw away. Reuse stuff when you can. Recycle cans, bottles, paper, books, and even toys. Enjoy the Earth — walk in the woods, plant a tree, and eat some of the delicious food it produces.

Environmental Websites for Kids: Neat collection of sites: Best Websites for Kids, Best TV for Kids, Best Movies for Kids, Best Books for Kids, Best Music for Kids, Best Apps for Kids, Best Games for Kids, Best for Character Development for Kids, Best for Learning for Kids.

EPA Student Center: Well-conceived EPA site for mid to upper level school age children that begins with environmental basics and includes topics such as ecosystems, air, water, conservation, waste and recycling, human health and climate change. Includes sections for games, videos and quizzes.

EPA WaterSense Kids: Great site teaching kids about water, why save water, simple ways to save water, includes game.

Cyberspace Safety

Every parent is concerned about the perils their children may be subjected to whenever they interact in cyberspace, whether it involves social networking, chat rooms, blogging or just surfing the web. We encourage parents to supervise their children so that they do not disclose any personal information about themselves in any of our public discussion areas.

Microsoft Online Safety

ConnectSafely

GuardingKids

Cyberbullying

Facebook’s New Anti-Bullying Tools

Whitehouse Conference for Bullying Prevention

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Green Websites and Blogs for the Family

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The list of reference websites and blogs included at this level grew to be much longer than originally intended, and for good reason. The sites located at the top of the list were selected for their content focusing on environmental issues that need to be addressed if we are to adopt responsibly sustainable lifestyles – reducing waste generation, energy and water conservation, and indoor air quality. The remaining sites offer additional consumer oriented information, strategies, products and commentary.

Green Building: EPA’s Green Building Web site is a “portal” site designed to give users one convenient gateway from which to access numerous EPA programs and topics related to environmentally friendly building

Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Energy Use : ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency. Simply put, energy efficiency is about using less energy to get the same job done – and in the process, avoiding high energy bills and unnecessary pollution.

Climate Change | What You Can Do At Home: Making a few small changes in your home and yard can reduce greenhouse gases and save you money. Explore the list of 10 simple steps you can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: Change five lights; Look for ENERGY STAR; Heat and cool smartly; Seal and insulate your home; Reduce, reuse, recycle; Use water efficiently; Be green in your yard; Purchase green power; Calculate your household’s carbon footprint; Spread the word. NOTE: This is an EPA website that has extensive links and ideas. Some of the more important links are also listed below.

ENERGY STAR | The Simple Choice for Energy Efficiency: EPA and U.S. Department of Energy joint program; like the Energy Savers site, another good place to start learning about energy conservation

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: EPA website to learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community.

WaterSense: EPA joint program on water conservation, products and resources; a good place to start learning about water conservation

GreenScaping – The easy way to a Greener, Healthier Yard: EPA website for water conserving landscaping strategies including information on maintaining healthier soils with compost and mulch

Energy Saver: U.S. Department of Energy site with energy saving tips and products for your home, vehicle and workplace; a good place to start learning about energy conservation

Qualified New Homes: EPA’s ENERGYSTAR website for new homes

Home Improvement: EPA’s ENERGYSTAR website for home improvement projects

Indoor Air Quality: EPA website addressing the quality of air inside the home; room-by-room tour of the IAQ home, addresses mold, asthma, radon, carbon monoxide and more

Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home: EPA webpage for valuable information regarding indoor air quality in the home; it’s important to know there is more to air filters than what aisle they are located in at your local hardware store

Green Home Guide: USGBC site with reviews and advice for green remodeling and living; articles, directories of recommended products and green building professionals and retailers

REGREEN Program: USGBC site focused on home remodeling projects; plenty of useful information on bathroom, kitchen and basement remodels as well as additions, energy retrofits, weatherization and green products

Forest Stewardship Council: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests

Sustainable Forestry Initiative: like the Forest Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) label is a sign you are buying wood and paper products from a responsible source, backed by a rigorous, third-party certification audit

Cradle to Cradle: The Institute prescribes a set of design principles, based on the laws of nature, to help businesses create products that are safe for people and the environment.

DOSOMETHING: 110 facts about Recycling

The Green Guide: National Geographic source for greening your life; includes tips on saving energy and water as well as sections on parenting, food and travel and a buying guide

Alternative Energy News: Alternative energy news, and information about renewable energy technologies.

H2ouse: Water Conservation; Appliances; Heating; Cooling; Exterior; Homesteading. If you’re building your own home, renovating an area of your home, or even just swapping out the carpet in…

David Suzuki Foundation: Small steps make a big difference on the path to living more sustainably and The David Suzuki Foundation will show you how to transform your home, office and community into a healthy and sustainable one; from everyday green living tips to helpful resources on fighting climate change, this site can help you make informed decisions to reduce your environmental footprint

Inhabitat: Dedicated to greener living through greener designs – from architecture to salt and pepper shakers; there is also a section devoted to green fashion and art

Treehugger: The mother of all environmental blogs covering general environmental news, events and products. Full of tips and tricks about how to “improve your world” – which also happens to be their motto; includes a “Family” section for tips on how to get kids involved

Lighter Footstep: Part of the Mother Nature Network, Lighter Footsteps is all about sustainable living and leaving less of an imprint by making greener living choices

Care2: As mentioned in the Beginners Level, this is a great site for all ages, as witnessed by the 14 million members

Charity Guide: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and facilitate flexible volunteerism with a Volunteering on Demand approach; how you can make a difference in 15 minutes, in a few hours or while on vacation, for a variety of concerns including children’s issues, animal welfare, health and safety, community development, poverty and environmental protection; however, the relevancy here is the information offered in the sections addressing the environmental education of children and consumers; many common sense tips on how consumers can be environmentally responsible and save money

National Center for Healthy Housing: Create healthy and safe homes for children through practical and proven steps

Best Green Home Tips: The usual selection of topics but also adds tips for homebuilding and remodeling

PlanetPals: A community dedicated to making environmental education fun – for kids and parents

Healthy Child: Has five easy steps to making your home more safe for babies and children with natural solutions to common problems that usually send people to toxic solutions

Mindful Momma: There are a lot of blogs out there about green parenting – it’s an entire niche unto itself – and Mindful Momma is one of the best

Green and Clean Mom: Her site proudly boasts how being green can be sassy, sexy and fun!

Pays to Live Green: Not only features green living ideas and advice, but shows how living green ultimately pays off in saving money – and the environment

Green Living Tips: A blog very well done at explaining issues, with stories and tips, related to building, cleaning, clothing, energy, family, food, health, home, pets, water and other topics.

The Green Guy: The Green Guy writes about “ethical living” and about how to go green without making drastic, life-altering changes to your routine

Got2BeGreen: A blog focused on all sorts of cool green technology; one of the top rated blogs of any category

The Chic Ecologist: eco chic sustainable green living

Architect Magazine: AIA magazine on green products + technology

ecoFabulous: Reviews of great green stuff for the house, home, and body

Saving the Planet, One Bag at a Time: Recycled, reusable canvas bags; they’re everywhere, you can customize them, and now they have a planet-saving blog

Plastic Pollution Solution: 10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution. Help keep our marine life from eating and swimming in garbage.

Eco Friend: EcoFriend is a blog about all those sexy, environmentally aware products you want but can’t afford

Happy Hippy: An Earth friendly Eco-Business directory

Sustainable Style: You can have your cake and eat it too, or in the case of Sustainable Style look good and do well for the environment

EcoGeek: Kinda says it all – writes about gadgets that are earth friendly

ecoStreet: A well-written and actively updated general environmental news and commentary blog

SelfSufficientish: A blog about how to live more sustainably in an urban environment; no access to a rooftop garden, or a compost bin in your tiny apartment?  this is the blog for you

Green TV: Green TV is a media company telling and propelling sustainability stories: connecting people with purpose

WebEcoist: One of the most popular green websites in the world, WebEcoist is a global source for sensational, educational and inspirational green design and sustainable technology as well as environmental science and natural wonders

SourceWatch: Greenwashing site giving rules-of-thumb ideas for detecting greenwashing

TerraChoice: The Sins of Greenwashing. Greenwashing is the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. There are more green products than ever before, and our Sins of Greenwashing tips can help you sort out the truly green products from the not-so-green ones.

GREENWASHING INDEX: Another greenwashing alert site

World Environmental Organization: If you haven’t seen enough already, here is a categorized selection of 1,000 environmental websites

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Green Websites and Blogs for the Professionals

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Organizations, Associations and Councils:

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

LEED Online website

LEED Online Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI)

LEED Online login

USGBC Regional Chapters

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)

Green Advantage

World Green Building Council

Building Research and Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)

Green Building Initiative (Green Globes)

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

NAHB Sustainability & Green Building

Greenroads Greenroads is a sustainability rating system for roadway design and construction projects

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Form-Base Codes Institute (FBCI)

SmartCode Central model transect-based planning and zoning document based on environmental analysis

Center for Applied Transect Studies

Government and National References:

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program

U.S. Department of Energy High Performance Federal Buildings Database

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative

Terms of Environment EPA Environmental Glossary, Abbreviations and Acronyms

California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA)

Brownfields and Land Revitalization

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (Annual Edition)

FEMA Flood Zones The purpose of this page is to define flood zones, a commonly used term in floodplain management

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program

NOAA Office of Protected Resources Endangered Species Act

Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) National Institute of Building Sciences

California Building Standards Commission

CALGreen

WaterSense

ENERGY STAR

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Uniform Plumbing Code

International Code Council (ICC)

Publications:

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC)

Green Builder

Architectural Record

Housing Zone | Professional Builder

Professional Remodeler

Legal:

Green Building Law Update

Green Real Estate Law Journal

GreenLaw

Green Building Law

Environmental Law Professor Blog

Websites & Blogs:

Top 100 Eco Friendly Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2020

Green Blog List

Autodesk | 3D Design, Engineering & Construction Software

Autodesk | Green Building Studio

Harvard Green Building Resource

BuildingGreen  LEEDuser host

LEEDuser The essential tool for any LEED project

The ReUse People

Cradle to Cradle Certified A globally recognized measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy.

The Encyclopedia of Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Sustainable living encyclopedia index

The Encyclopedia of Earth

GreenLearner

LeadingLEED

Inhabitat

Treehugger

Residential Architect

Trendir – Modern House Designs

Architype Review

Wallpaper*   the world’s number one global design destination, championing the best in architecture, interiors, fashion, art and lifestyle

ecohome   Architecture for Architects

PBS Green Builders

Sustainable Connections

Building Commissioning Association (BCxA)  An international not-for-profit trade association that serves as a source for unbiased information and advocacy for building commissioning.

DOE2  A widely used and accepted freeware building energy analysis program that can predict the energy use and cost for all types of buildings.

Facilities Management Resource

Alternative Energy News

GreenBiz Provides intelligent, focused content on business, technology and sustainability for people from every industry and discipline.

Cleantech

GreenBusiness

Michelle Kaufmann Studio

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