Links to Sustainability Websites, Virtual Tours, and Podcasts

The following is an evolving list of websites, virtual tours and podcasts which feature information on Sustainability and campus eco-design.  The website URLs will be categorized, and each will include a brief summary of the content that can be found at that site.

It is hoped that the college community will help this list to grow by submitting URLs and brief descriptions of appropriate and interesting websites which they have encountered.  Contributions to this page can be sent for review and uploading by using the Webform for Submission of Sustainability Project Content, clicking "Submit Link" on the drop-down menu, and writing the full URL and giving a short synopsis of the content of the site in the content field.

Virtual Tours
A virtual tour of the City University of New York's "Sustainable CUNY" initiative -- its purpose, its components, and what it means to the CUNY and global community.

Agencies / Resources
The Sustainability Program of EPA’s Office of Research and Development maintains this Web site to provide one-stop access to EPA and related programs and the latest research and activities related to Urban Sustainability and the Built Environment; Water and Ecosystem Services; Energy, Biofuels and Climate Change; and Materials Management and Human Health.
The Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design: The National Park Service / U.S. Department of the Interior.
The College Sustainability Report Card: is the first website to provide in-depth sustainability profiles for hundreds of colleges in all 50 U.S. States and Canada. The Report Card is designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability. The aim is to provide accessible information for schools to learn from one another's experiences, enabling them to establish more effective sustainability policies.
Website of the Sustainable Products Corporation.  Sustainable products are those products providing environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health, welfare, and environment over their full commercial cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to final disposition.
The Daily Green: A Consumer's Guide to the Green Revolution.  Links to Sustainability news, tips and advice.
Sustainable Measures develops indicators that measure progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment.  They work with communities, companies, regional organizations and government agencies at all levels. To help you with an indicator project, this site offers: free training materials; a searchable database of indicators; explanations of indicators and sustainability; a list of online, print and other resources; and answers to frequently asked questions about indicators and sustainability.
The Sustainable Communities Network promotes exchange of information to help create community sustainability in both urban and rural areas.  It presents a broad range of issues and resources in order to increase the visibility of what has worked for other communities.

Professional Associations
The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development.

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (SSPP) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability. The e-Journal fills a gap in the literature by establishing a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion of empirical science as well as practice and policy developments related to sustainability. Sustainability facilitates communication among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers who are investigating and shaping nature-society interactions and working towards sustainable solutions.
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) is the world's first fully-refereed journal on the theory and practice of sustainable development in higher education.

Homepage of the City University of New York's sustainability initiative.  Website committed to promoting a culture of environmentally sound practice throughout the CUNY community by investing the resources necessary to construct, retrofit and maintain more sustainable facilities, as well as working to incorporate sustainability into the fabric of the University by integrating sustainability into the curriculum, supporting research and partnering with civic and business leaders to achieve a more Sustainable CUNY and a more Sustainable New York.
Homepage of Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability.  The university offers professional certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sustainability Programs through its School of Sustainability,
Homepage of Cornell University's Sustainable Campus.  Cornell University Finance and Administration (CUFA) identified seven leadership priorities, one being to “integrate the value of sustainability into all major operations.” The leaders of CUFA are working with the president to help realize his commitment; to that end, they have brought together leaders from many different parts of Cornell to identify shared priorities and develop concrete strategies for collaborative action. The Advancing Sustainability Action Plan (ASAP) is a result of that effort (read the website's ASAP report (pdf), for more detailed information).
Homepage of UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara) Sustainability in Academics and Research, a resource for curriculum development, journal articles, and programs for faculty, students, and researchers interested in promoting sustainability in their work and courses.  The website works to support the mission of the Campus Sustainability Plan, Academics and Research Committees.
Sustainability at the University of California at Berkeley.  The linked .pdf file is the campus' 3-year Sustainability Assessment Report, providing a comprehensive look at the status of Sustainability on the campus.
Sustainability Smarts: Best Practices for College Unions and Student Activities. Check out The Association of College Unions International's (ACUI's) "Sustainability Smarts", a publication dedicated to sustainability in college unions and student activities. Topics covered include sustainability rating systems, college tours, sustainability blogs, fair trade, green cleaning, and more.


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Sustainability, the Youtube Way
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Rep. Maurice Hinchey and part II of Tria Case, executive director for the Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College. “Green Meter” inventor Dr. Craig Hunter on saving gas and the environment. Featured green artist: Chrissy Coughlin and Sustainable CUNY Shorts video contest features a top prize of $500 for winning submissions posted to Youtube.
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Clean Energy Revolution
Thursday, January 15, 2009
An excerpt from Governor David Paterson’s State of State address on his plans for New York’s transition to clean energy, Tria Case, Executive Director for the Center for Sustainable Energy at Bronx Community College, on implementing new energy policies, Pradeep Halder, Nanoscale Science and Engineering professor at the University at Albany on new technologies that help make buildings more energy efficient. Featured Green Artists: EMMPH and Nora Mathews.
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Free Music for a Cause
Friday, December 26, 2008
Dr. Robert Paaswell, co-chair of the Sustainable CUNY Task Force on developing a sustainable transportation infrastructure, Michael Martin, Prez of MusicMatters on engaging artists as well as fans to help save the environment and Ted Brown, executive director of the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development on how computer programs can fight global warming. Featured Green Artists: Beavin Lawrence, The Jim Small Band.
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Solar’s Bright Future in NYC
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Vincent Cozzolino on the business of solar energy in NYC, part 2 of Ed Begley Jr and David Ortiz on the potential of geothermal energy. Featured Green Artists: Emily Zuzik, Peggy Atwood.
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Ed Begley Jr.: Green on a Budget
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Robert Zagaroli III, chairperson of the architectural technology department at the New York City College of Technology on incorporating sustainable resources in CUNY campuses, actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. on living a greener life with low-cost alternatives and Thomas Mclellan, Founder and President of LED Green Power on the next generation of energy-efficient lighting. Featured Green Artists: Betty MacDonald, Scott Krokoff.
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A Ray of Light - New York’s Solar Future
Monday, November 10, 2008
Richard Perez, research professor at the State University of New York at Albany on the financial benefits of solar energy, Sanjoy Banerjee, Director of the Energy Institute at the City College of New York, on storing solar and wind power with rechargeable batteries and Brian Dolan of Intellidyne, LLC on energy-saving applications for commercial and residential climate control systems. Featured Green Artists: Richard Thron, The Classic.
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The Market Kitchen: Organic in The Bronx
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Fred Moshary, professor of mechanical engineering at the City College of New York on tracking pollutants in the wind. Wood Turner, project director of, on using consumerism to fight climate change and Stephen Ezell, owner of Market Kitchen, on the the benefits of purchasing locally-grown organic produce. Featured Green Artists: Flytrap, Kingfly.
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Sustainable Transportation
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Dr. Robert Paaswell, Director of the City University of New York Transportation Research Center on alternative technologies for transportation. Ira Dorfman, Emission Solutions on switching diesel engines in delivery trucks for those that run on natural gas. Mark Aubry, Smith Electric Vehicles on the advantages of electric commercial trucks. Featured Green Artists: MZ, Wet Pain.
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NYC’s Special (Green) Delivery
Friday, September 26, 2008
Small business owner Ed Taylor, on NYC’s first all electric delivery truck, Dr. Carolyn Williams, President of Bronx Community College on the “green collar” workforce, and major event producer Chris Wangro on making concerts and other events green. Featured Green Artists: Will Hawkins, Peggy Atwood, David Grubs.
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Sustainable Times
Friday, September 26, 2008
Ron Spalter, the City University of New York’s COO on making the change to sustainability. Lisa Shpritz, Bank of America on the Bank of America Tower, their new LEED skyscraper made with recyclable materials. Adam Gardner of the band Guster on Reverb, not for profit that helps musicians and concerts go green. Featured Green Artists: Emily Zuzik, Scott Krokoff, Guster.
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