Green Resources - Environment

Interesting and alarming facts about our environment:

  1. In 1995, over 200 of the world landfills were full.
  2. Each person throws away approximately 4 pounds of garbage per day.
  3. Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.
  4. In 1931, Albert Einstein collected a Nobel Prize for work in solar and photovoltaic experimentation.
  5. 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year.

Think we have a problem? Here are some ways to help. It’s only a start. Source: 40 Environmental Facts by Solar Energy World

Clean Energy and Wildlife Preservation Organizations

This website focuses on clean energy and environmental initiatives in the state of Tennessee. These green living tips and news articles for Tennessee residents can also help inspire others across the nation, so feel free to explore the site no matter where you live. Together, we can work toward making our world a cleaner, greener place.

Earth 911 - "The Nation's Premier Environmental Resource"

Earth911.com is a privately owned, for-profit company that specializes in providing consumers with accessible and actionable recycling information across the country. Our online Recycling Directory is the most accurate and comprehensive directory of its kind and contains recycling information for over 300 different consumer products. We have collected over 1 million recycling locations and programs that people can search for to find their nearest recycling options and resources. We also have a toll-free and bilingual hotline (1-800 CLEANUP) and a free mobile application (iRecycle®).

Going Green on Black Friday

With a focus on the day after Thanksgiving as one of the biggest shopping days of the year, also known as Black Friday, learn how to shop wisely. This valuable resource explains the environmental impact of traditional decisions and provides ideas and offers resources to help us change some of our habits. Note: Resource suggested by Ms. Young's 6th Grade Class, Elm Grove Area Community Services Center

Environmental Defense Fund

Guided by science, the Environmental Defense Fund design and transform markets to bring lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

Green America

Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Green America went by the name "Co-op America" until January 1, 2009. Their mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Green Faith Interfaith Partners for the Environment

Green Faith's mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Their work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s great religions. They believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.

Greener Choices – Products for a better planet

For millions of environmentally conscious “green consumers” whose numbers are rapidly growing, Greener Choices provides practical, unbiased advice. For tens of millions more who would like to buy green, but may not have access to the information they need, they offer a unique online resource and are actively reaching out to these consumers.

National Green Pages

The National Green Pages® is a directory featuring 3,000 businesses that have made firm commitments to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products. For every category of conventional consumer goods and services, there are green businesses that can meet your needs. The National Green Pages® lists baby care products, organic, fair trade, flavored teas, and fuel-efficient cars for rent among the thousands of products. With each purchase you make through the National Green Pages®, you know you’re supporting truly green businesses. What's a Green Business? Green businesses operate in ways that solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems. These businesses adopt principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, their employees, communities, and the environment.

National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

The goal of NRCS is not just a sustainable, nutritious, abundant food supply, but also thriving ecosystems that support a diversity of life. In the next century, NRCS will not only continue to tackle familiar challenges like ensuring clean water and healthy soil, but will also rise to meet new issues, such as clean air, clean energy, climate change, and new technology.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

Sierra Club, Memphis Chapter

The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. The Chickasaw Group of the Sierra Club represents over 1000 members in Memphis and West Tennessee. Members advocate for policies that protect our natural environment, offer hikes and outdoor recreation for people of all ages, support environmental candidates for public office, and provide opportunities for people who want to develop leadership skills to help their community while enhancing the environment.

Worldwatch Institute

"Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing." One aspect of this website is that it provides simple solutions that anyone can choose to follow such as "10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green". The site has a bookstore, extensive research and much more.