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):Albrecht, Don E., editor of compilation.
Title:Our energy future : socioeconomic implications and policy options for rural America
Published:London : Routledge, 2015.
Descriptionxiii, 183 pages : illustrations, map ; 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."

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."

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."

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.

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.

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."

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.

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."

State and Territorial Environment Agencies

United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Links to State offices.

National Association of Development Organizations; NADO Research Foundation.

roadway with mountains Environmental Review Toolkit

DOT. Federal Highway Administration.

Highways in the United States and environmental planning, development and stewardship toolkit.

The Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund.

"Nonprofit dedicated to protecting America's most important landscapes and waterways for future generations."

Sun with green leaves: Energy Logo for U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Energy Investments Map

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"U.S. Department of Agriculture's Energy Investments web map contains information regarding USDA programs that provide assistance to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  The map displays investment location, type of energy investment, amount of assistance provided and the administering USDA program.  The energy investment data is also summarized by state, county and congressional districts to display total number of investments and total dollar amounts obligated by USDA."

U.S. Geological Service State Fact Sheets

DOI. U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS Fact Sheets (listed by state)

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."