Sustainable Communities


Stack of Books with Computer mouse: Copyright iStock Photos Sustainable Communities: In the Library's Rural Collection

USDA. National Agricultural Library. Rural Information Center.

Type of Material:Book
Author(s):Christopher Nobbs.
Title:Economics, Sustainability, and Democracy : Economics in the era of climate change
Published:New York : Routledge, c2012.
Descriptionxxiv, 273 p. ; 24 cm.

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Oak Tree Sustainable Development

USDA. Office of the Chief Economist.

"The mission of the Director of Sustainable Development is to advance the principles and goals of sustainable development through partnerships, collaboration, and outreach."

Earth Global Change Data and Information System

United States Global Change Research Program.

"Coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society."

Gas pump nozzles: Copyright iStock Photos Waste To Biogas Mapping Tool

United States Environmental Protection Agency.

" interactive map created to connect organic waste producers (e.g. grease rendering facilities or food processing facilities) and potential users (e.g. wastewater treatment facilities) for the purpose of biogas production through co-digestion."

Copyright iStock Photo solar panels on roof The Sustainable Education & Economic Development (SEED) Center

American Association of Community Colleges and ecoAmerica.

"The Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center aims to advance sustainability and green workforce development practices at community colleges by sharing innovative models and resources and building the capacity of college administrators, faculty, and staff to contribute as leaders."

Solar energy panels DSIRE - Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

North Carolina Solar Center. Interstate Renewable Energy Council. U.S. Department of Energy.

"DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency."

National Rural Transit Assistance Program

American Public Works Association; Community Transit Association of America. National Transit Resource Center.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Logo Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).


Trees in the Deschutes National Forest Wood to Energy

USDA Forest Service. Forest Products Laboratory.

A Forest Service Research Emphasis for Woody Biomass Utilization.

Truck coming down a country road with a barn in the background Rural Transportation Report

USDA. Agriculture Marketing Service.

"The report reviews transportation and its effect on rural communities, with an emphasis on agricultural transportation."

Windmills Farm Energy Alternatives

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Includes sections on renewable energy and energy efficiency and publications on topics including energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy options, reducing indirect energy usage and reducing transportation energy.

Water Conservation area: NRCS Photo Gallery Local Offices for Water Resources by State

DOI. United States Geological Survey.

"The USGS manages water information at offices located throughout the United States."

White crane-like bird in a field Natural Resources Conservation Service

United States Department of Agriculture.

Helps communities and farmers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources through partnerships by offering need-based technical and financial assistance.

Environmental Planning for Small Communities: A Guide for Local Decision-Makers

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This book was developed to act as a tool for local decison-makers who are creating community environmental plans.

A field with a barn and silo in the background American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust.

Provides information on farmland conservation, agricultural easement programs, and sustainable land management.

Family Around a Table Personal Emissions Calculator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Use this online calculator to obtain an estimate of your personal greenhouse gas emissions or your family's greenhouse gas emissions."

National Rural Water Association

National Rural Water Association.

A farm bordered by a housing subdivision Smart Growth Online

Sustainable Communities Network. Smart Growth Network.

"Works to encourage development that serves the economy, community and the environment."

Rural and Agricultural Transportation

USDOT. National Transportation Library.

Provides links to information and data on commodities, freight (exports, freight rates, inland waterways, shippers), and infrastructure (capacity, ports, railroads, rural roads).

Grants and Environmental Financing

United States Environmental Protection Agency.

State and Territorial Environment Agencies

United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Links to State offices.

National Association of Development Organizations; NADO Research Foundation.

Water tower Sustaining Rural Economies Through New Water Management Technologies

USDA. Agriculture Research Service.

Research on irrigation, precipitation management and integrated crop/livestock systems with socioeconomic considerations and an assessment of all available water resources for scientifically sound information for public policy decisions.