Research Tools

These are some great resources for research on topics in sustainability and environmental science.

The Encyclopedia of Earth is a free, expert-reviewed collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and are accessible and useful to anyone who wants to learn about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. Browse the offered topics for background information as well as related featured articles.


Schools that are certified in the Eco-Schools USA program undergo a thorough application process and succeed in organizing and implementing a comprehensive assessment of their school. The Eco-Schools USA program is made up of seven steps, incorporating eight environmental pathways. This site provides leads to financial savings, reducing waste and conserving resources.


New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
is a public benefit corporation that aims to help New York meet its energy costs: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment. Here you'll find great information on state incentives and programs as well as energy statistics and information in general.


Roots and Shoots is a free site from The Jane Goodall Institute that includes resources for service-learning with networking for project sharing and ideas for inspiration. Explore their site to learn how together, youth from pre-K through college, are taking action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. 

Sourcemap is a platform for researching, optimizing and sharing supply chains. Great for research on product life cycles and consumer choices. Use this site for project research or to educate yourself and make informed decisions about the products you use and buy.


U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science for Schools web site offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.


National Library of Medicine: Tox Town Interactive site there students can investigate environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work and play



U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Interactive games, tips and facts for kids who want to save energy! Lesson plans for K-12 classrooms.

U.S. Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids Energy information, tips, interactive games and more for researching energy topics and reduction ideas, including an energy calculator.

Explore water-related issues from multiple perspectives. Introduce humanitarian design as a viable and necessary solution for a more sustainable future. DOWNLOAD the FREE EDUCATOR'S GUIDE AND STUDENT SUPPLEMENTS from CELF.

Submit your own Water Story!


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