The Environmental Professionals World Wide Web Non-Technical Directory
|Ashok Kumar & Ronak Desai
Department of Civil Engineering
The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606
Global Education and Consulting Services
Missisauga, Ontario, Canada L5R2A1
In recent years extensive development has taken place in computer networking. This has made Internet a popular source of information and knowledge. Internet is becoming one of the biggest libraries of the world. But unlike library of books here the information available on the sites is frequently changing.
In an attempt to develop directories of useful sites for the day to day use for environmental professionals we archived across several thousand sites in recent years. Several directories on specific technical topics have been published in this journal. Therefore, this paper concentrates on groups of site not covered before and a summary of useful sites on non-technical matters in environmental field. The sites are segregated in six different categorizes depending upon the information they provide. Since the search engines play an important role in finding information, a category on search engines is included in the discussion.
Due to constant increase in sites on the Internet, there is a need of a tool that categorizes all these sites. The solution to this problem is the introduction of search engines. A list of eight search engines along with their address is given in Table I. The results of two keyword searches: "environmental" and "pollution" are included in the Table I to give you an idea of number of sites available on the Internet. The search was done on April --, 1998.
Table I: A list of commonly used Search Engines
|Site Name||URL||Keyword Search Results|
These search engines look through a database of sites and provide a list
of sites, which match with the query, one typed in. However all the sites may not be
covered under the database of a particular search engine. Therefore, looking for the same
query on different search engines will produce different results.
In recent years searchable databases for the environmental sites as well few vast sites with nearly all the information which have a search index have emerged. Table II is a list of four such sites. Table II: A List of Searchable Environmental Databases
|Site Name||Site URLs|
|Directory of Environmental Resources on Internet||http://www.envirosw.com|
|Search the Virtual Library||http://www.ulb.ac.be/ceese/english/manual.htm|
Environmental Legal Resources & Regulatory Agencies
The environmental laws for different countries are different. All the major countries of the world have an environmental regulatory agency, which defines the laws for a particular country. A list of sites that provides a brief description of the laws and the sites of some major regulatory agencies is given in Table III.
The Table III includes regulatory agencies in Australia, England,
Canada, and USA. These pages provide information regarding the environmental laws in these
countries and other environmental related information.
The Code of Federal Regulation (www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html) is a site sponsored by Office of the Federal Register and National Archives and Records Administration on the United States Government Printing Office web site. It is a searchable site with a list of all the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) titles listed along with the year. Table III: A List of Environmental Law related sites
|Site Name||Site URL|
|U.S Environmental Protection Agency||http://www.epa.gov|
|U.S EPAs page of Laws & Regulations||http://www.epa.gov/epahome/rules.html|
|Australian Environmental Dept.||http://www.erin.gov.au/|
|UK Department of Environmental, Transport & Regions||http://www.detr.gov.uk|
|Environmental Law in Europe||http://www.igc.apc.org/envlaw/europe/europelaw.html|
|Code of Federal Regulations||http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html|
|The Pace Virtual Environmental Law Library||http://joshua.law.pace.edu/env/vell6.html|
|The Journal of Environmental law||http://www.oup.co.uk/envlaw/|
|Fedworld Information Network||http://www.fedworld.gov|
|Environmental Law Institute||http://www.eli.org/|
|U.S EPA Government Printing office||http://www.epa.gov/docs/GPO.html|
The Journal of Environmental Law (www.oup.co.uk/envlaw) is an electronic edition of the same journal. It has major articles on a wide variety of topics, refereed and written to the highest standards, providing innovative and authoritative appraisals of current and emerging concepts, policies and practice. It also has a case law section covering a selection of English-language cases from recent months, the judgement is reproduced in full, and is followed by a detailed analysis.
The Pace Virtual Environmental Library (joshua.law.pace.edu/env/vell6.html) is a product of the Pace University School of Law's Center for Environmental Legal Studies. This "library" uses the resources found on the Internet to facilitate and supplement access to important legal sources throughout the world. It provides links for international as well as the US laws.
The Fed World Information Network (www.fedworld.gov) was established to bring the public closer to the government. The (NTIS) National Technical Information Service established this network in 1992. Fedworld Information Network consists of an integrated network offering the public broad access to information including World Wide Web, searchable databases, ftp, Bulletin Board Service and subscriptions.
The Environmental law Institute (ELI) is an internationally recognized independent research and education center located at Washington, D.C. Its page has (www.eli.org) links to many periodicals and deskbooks, which are published by ELI. It also has links to some US and international Law Environmental Law resources on the Internet. The next two sites mentioned in Table III, Find Law (www.findlaw.com) & Hieros Gamos (www.hg.org/hg.html), are legal search engines.
EnviroSenSe (es.epa.gov/index.html) is
an integral part of the US EPA website. This site is a single major source for information
regarding pollution prevention, compliance assurance, and enforcement information and
databases. Included are pollution prevention case studies, technologies, points of
contact, environmental statutes, executive orders, regulations, and compliance and
enforcement policies and guidelines.
The environmental laws change from states to states. The Table IV is an index of all the state agencies of the 52 states of US and the available sites. The sites keep you updated to whatever is going on in each state. Table IV: List of State Agencies
|State||Department Name||Site URL|
|Alabama||Department of Environmental Management||http://www.adem.state.al.us|
|Alaska||Department of Environmental Conservation||http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/ENV.CONSERV/home.htm|
|Arizona||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.governor.state.az.us/dept/deq.html|
|Arkansas||Department of Pollution Control & Ecology||http://www.state.ar.us/|
|California||CAL Environmental Protection Agency||http://www.cahwnet.gov/epa/|
|Colorado||Department of Public Health & Environment||http://agency.resource.ca.gov/|
|Connecticut||Department of Environmental Protection||http://dep.state.ct.us/|
|Delaware||Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control||http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/|
|District of Columbia||Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs||http://www.ci.washington.dc.us/DCRA/dcrahome.htm|
|Florida||Department of Environmental Protection||http://www.dep.state.fl.us/|
|Hawaii||Department of Health||http://www.state.hi.us/health/|
|Idaho||Division of Environmental Quality||Not Available|
|Illinois||Environmental Protection Agency||http://www.epa.state.il.us/|
|Indiana||Department of Environmental Management||http://www.state.in.us/idem/|
|Kansas||Department of Health and Environment||http://www.kumc.edu/safety/kdhehw/kdhehazw.html|
|Louisiana||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.deq.state.la.us/|
|Maine||Department of Environmental Protection||http://www.state.me.us/dep/mdephome.htm|
|Maryland||Department of Environment||http://www.mde.state.md.us/|
|Massachusetts||Department of Environmental Protection||http://www.magnet.state.ma.us/dep/dephome.htm|
|Michigan||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.deq.state.mi.us/|
|Minnesota||Pollution Control Agency||http://www.pca.state.mn.us/netscape.shtml|
|Mississippi||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.deq.state.ms.us/|
|Missouri||Department of Natural Resources||http://www.state.mo.us/dnr/deq/homedeq.htm|
|Montana||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.deq.mt.gov/|
|Nebraska||Department of Environmental Quality||Not Available|
|Nevada||Division of Environmental Protection||Not Available|
|New Hampshire||Department of Environmental Services||http://www.state.nh.us/des/descover.htm|
|New Jersey||Department of Environmental Protection||http://www.state.nj.us/dep/|
|New Mexico||Environment Department||http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/|
|New York||Department of Environmental Conservation||http://unix2.nysed.gov/ils/executive/encon/dec007.htm|
|North Carolina||Department of Environment, Health, & Natural Resources||http://www.ehnr.state.nc.us/EHNR/|
|North Dakota||Environmental Health Section||Not Available|
|Ohio||OH Environmental Protection Agency||http://www.epa.state.oh.us/|
|Oklahoma||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.deq.state.ok.us/|
|Oregon||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.deq.state.or.us/|
|Pennsylvania||Department of Environmental Protection||http://www.dep.state.pa.us/|
|Puerto Rico||Environmental Quality Board||Not Available|
|Rhode Island||Department of Environmental Management||http://www.state.ri.us/dem/|
|South Carolina||Department of Health and Environmental Control||http://www.state.sc.us/dhec/eqchome.htm|
|South Dakota||Department of Environment & Natural Resources||http://www.state.sd.us/state/executive/denr/denr.html|
|Tennessee||Department of Environment & Conservation||http://www.state.tn.us/environment/|
|Texas||Natural Resource & Conservation Commission||http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/|
|Utah||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.state.ut.us/|
|Vermont||Agency of Natural Resources||http://www.state.vt.us/anr/|
|Virginia||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.deq.state.va.us/|
|Washington||Department of Ecology||http://www.wa.gov/ecology/|
|Wisconsin||Department of Natural Resources||http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/|
|West Virginia||Division of Environmental Protection||http://charon.osmre.gov/|
|Wyoming||Department of Environmental Quality||http://www.state.wy.us/state/government/state_agencies/deq.html|
International Development Organizations
A list of organizations involved in international environmental
activities is given in Table V. The table includes addresses of five active agencies.
UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) is the United Nations international program to provide leadership and encourage partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. The site has a searchable index and is well equipped to provide any information to the professionals. Table V: Organizations involved in International Environmental Activities
|United Nations Environmental Program||http://www.unep.ch|
|World Bank Environmental Dept.||http://www-esd.worldbank.org/html/esd/env/envmain.htm|
|International Finance Corp.Technical and Environmental Dept.||http://www.ifc.org/depts/html/environ.htm|
|UNDP - Sustainable Energy and Environment Division||http://www.undp.org:81/seed/|
|The US Agency of International Development. ( Environmental Section )||http://www.info.usaid.gov/environment/|
The objective of the World Banks Environment Department Home Page is to provide information on the Environment Department activities. The Environment Department's task is to provide intellectual and practical leadership and support in fulfilling the World Bank's four-fold environmental and social agenda.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, shares the primary objective of all Bank Group institutions, to improve the quality of the lives of people in its developing member countries. The objective of the Technical & Environmental Dept. of IFC is to provide support to the Investment Department.
The goal of all the International Departments is to assist and develop environmental projects to reduce pollution from the world and lead to a better world.
A list of 11 professional organizations related to the environmental field is given in Table VI. From their homepage information regarding the environmental activities is available. The programs given by the organizations are helpful in keeping you current. Table VI: Addresses of Professional Organizations
|Environmental Assessment Association||http://www.iami.org/eaa.html|
|Occupational Safety and Health Association.||http://www.osha.gov/|
|American Society of Civil Engineers||http://www.asce.org/|
|American Society of Mechanical Engineers||http://www.asme.org|
|American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers||http://www.ashrae.org/|
|American Institute of Chemical Engineers||http://www.aiche.org/|
|Air and Waste Management Association.||http://www.awma.org/index1.htm|
|Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)||http://www.setac.org|
ISO 14000 Sites
ISO 14000 is a series of standards for environmental management. ISO 14000 were proposed with goal to help any company in any country to meet the goal of "sustainable development" and environmental friendliness. Table V11: ISO 14000 sites
|Site Name||Site URL|
|International Organization for Standardization||http://www.iso.ch/welcome.html|
|Reality Interactives ISO 14000 Page||http://www.realtools.com/14kcd.htm#top|
|National ISO 9000 Support Groups Page||http://www.cris.com/~Isogroup/14000.html|
|Global Green Standards||http://iisd1.iisd.ca/greenstand/default.htm|
|Quality Networks IS014000 Page||http://www.quality.co.uk/iso14000.htm|
|Greeware Environmental Systems INC.||http://www.greenware.ca/iso_14000/article.htm|
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. ISOs homepage (http://www.iso.ch/welcome.html) provides all the informations regarding the standards to be taken care of for various projects.
ISO center is the page setup by SCS Engineers and ETI Corporation. This page (www.isocenter.com) gives all the description of the ISO 9000 and ISO14000. From this resource you can browse through a selection of material on ISO 9000 and 14000, including certification requirements, specific information on ISO standards and recommendations on how you can implement quality and environmental management systems.
Global Green Standards (http://iisd1.iisd.ca/greenstand/default.htm) is an informative guide for business on ISO 14000 standards. On this page are the downloadable Adobe Acrobat Reader (*.pdf) files about the standards. This page has links to many informative pages on ISO 14000.
Transformation Strategies (http://www.trst.com/iso1.htm) is helping organizations benefit from ISO 14000 and environmental management systems. The important section on this page is the case studies. Here they have mentioned various examples of companies, which have already implemented the system, and the actual benefits of environmental management system and ISO 14000.
The Greenware Environmental Systems INC., is a Canada based corporation (http://www.greenware.ca/iso_14000/article.htm)
dealing with environmental problems. They have developed software products based on the
ISO 14000 series of international standards for environmental management systems. From
this page you can download a demo of these software as well order the software online if
There are many newsletters that are either free or can be subscribed on Internet. They provide regular news updates in environmental field. A list of 11 sites is given in Table VIII. Table VIII: A list of sites for Newsletters
|Site Name||Site URL|
|Environmental News Network(ENN)||http://www.enn.com|
|Science and Environment||http://www.cais.net/publish/|
|Living on Earth||http://www.loe.org/html/headlines/eaturedstories.html|
|Ends Environmental Daily||http://www.ends.co.uk/envdaily/index.htm|
|Global Network of Environment and Technology||http://www.gnet.org/|
|1995 Title 40 Environmental Protection CFR Pilot||http://earth1.epa.gov/epacfr40/|
|Natural Resources Canada||http://www.NRCan.gc.ca/|
|The Western Environmental Law Center||http://www.welc.org/|
Environmental News Network (ENN) is one of the leading news service providers in this field. It has to be subscribed. They have two kinds of services: one a daily newsletter in mail without links or the other online news letter. The subscription fees are $ 24.95 and $ 70.00 respectively.
Greenwire is the daily briefing on the news and events that shape the environmental debate at the state, national and international levels. Its is delivered through World Wide Web, email or fax. Subscribers of this news letter can archive through the Greenwire database of articles published in this news letter since 1991 and get an access to some links and a searchable index on preset keywords search. The subscription rate is $ 1,647 per year.
Compliance on line is the newsletter, which help the environmental professional stay up to date on EPA, DOT, and OSHA regulations. It also publishes one site, which is rated the best site for the month.
The Global Network of Environmental Technology (GNET) is the web site created and maintained by The Global Environment & Technology Foundation and Onesoft Corporation. It is updated with the latest news on environmental business, new technologies, and the international market. Its a free service. OnGNET is linked the TECHKNOW database that provides a wealth of reliable, accurate and high-quality environmental technology information in one comprehensive database.
Other newsletters, which will keep the environmental professionals updated with the
current proceedings through out the world, are given in Table VIII.
For the new comers to this field and for experienced people in this field who would like to look for a new position in same profession, there are six sites related to employment on the WWW (see Table VIII). Keep visiting these sites frequently in your free time and you may find some real good opportunities.
ECO (Environmental Careers Organization) has listed many jobs and paid
internships. To apply for positions listed on this site you will send them your resume.
This can be done online or can be send through E-mail or mail.
Environmental Temporary Services, Inc. (www.techassistance.com) provides training to environmental professionals and also provides temporary, contract and permanent positions. Table IX: Environmental Jobsites
|Site Name||Site URL|
|The Environment Employment Pages||http://www.datacor.com/jobfair/environment/home.html|
|Environmental Careers, Inc||http://www.environmentalcareers.com|
|US EPAs Employment Opportunities||http://www.epa.gov/epahrist/|
|Environmental Temporary Services, Inc||http://www.techassistance.com/|
Environmental professionals are using Internet as a useful resource for information.
The WWW is a place for learning, to buy equipment, to publish information and to locate
people, companies and products. With a collective effort of everyone in the field of
environment, there is a substantial amount of information available on Internet and the
amount of information keeps on increasing everyday. It has become very difficult to search
for a particular information in a short time due to vast amount of information. Moreover,
the site URLs keep on changing. During such moments this directory and other directories
published in this journal and elsewhere are useful.
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