About Louise Deis

Science & Technology Reference Librarian Emerita Princeton University

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

From C&RL (College & Research Libraries) News, April, 2019, p. 243:

This organization is a partnership between the UN Environmental Programme and the British non-profit, World Conservation Monitoring Centre. https://www.unep-wcmc.org

The purpose of the UNEP-WCMC is to preserve biodiversity, improving its management while trying to minimize the environmental impacts of humans.  The organization collects data and creates tools for its visualization and analysis.  There are 28 projects currently described.  The “Resources & Data” tab leads to publications and data visualizations.  In addition there is a link to the Biodiversity Heritage Library for older resources.



Green Chemistry at the EPA — website updated

“…check out US EPA’s redesigned green chemistry website: www.epa.gov/greenchemistry
Notable highlight: For the first time, you can view a table (or download a spreadsheet) of all nominated technologies.

We hope you find it helpful!

Green Chemistry Program

From an email this day from greenchemistry@epa.gov

Sustainability at Princeton University

Contents of the September-October, 2013 Newsletter:

If you want to sign up to receive this, write to sustainabilitynews@princeton.edu

Here is the webpage: sustain.princeton.edu

The Office of Sustainability Welcomes New Staff Members Summer Interns Focus on Higher Ed. Sustainability Collaboration and Organic Gardening
Move-in 2013: Hundreds of Freshmen Receive ‘Sustainability Survival Kits’ Sustainability Promoted at Student Information Fairs
Sustainability Staff Ambassador Program: Consider Joining this Fall! Staff Profile: For One Builder, Impossible Becomes Routine
New Sustainable Fashion Exhibit at the Greenspace Kiosk Where can I recycle this?
Upcoming Events on Campus

National Technical Reports Library: Alternative Energy & the Environment

Vol. 6 (2) of the Newsletter, dated Aug. 15, 2013, lists some key reports about alternative energy, more specifically about solar energy, wind power, hydrokinetic power, biofuels, and geothermal. 

“This issue features a sampling of new and historic information available from NTIS via the NTRL V3.0 and the NTIS website related to the topic of Alternative Energy and the Environment. “ 

Free subscriptions of this monthly newsletter can be had by writing to G. Guthrie at Greg Guthrie [GGuthrie@ntis.gov]

International Polar Year, new website & Report of sea-level rise on West Coast

“A new website highlights the International Polar Year, an intense program of research, analysis, and observations at Earth’s poles that has yielded insights important to the entire planet. Meet the scientists who are exploring these icy landscapes and watch a webinar presentation.

Watch a video outlining some of the conclusions from a new National Research Council report on sea-level rise along the U.S. west coast, specifically north and south of Cape Mendocino, Calif.”

These include a webinar and video.

Source:  What’s New @ the National Academies, July 9, 2012

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trends; the latest on Carbon Capture and Storage


“This has been a busy and exciting month for Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy team. We published two Vital Signs Online trends, on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the status of Carbon Capture and Storage; finalized our first Sustainable Energy Roadmap in the Dominican Republic; and continued our tireless research on global sustainable energy issues.”

Alexander Ochs, Worldwatch Institute [alexander.ochs@worldwatch.org]

“Changing Planet” — videos for Earth Day

In preparation for Earth Day – April 22, 2012 – explore NBC Learn’s “Changing Planet” Special Collection. These climate science videos, produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation, cover headline issues from rising sea levels to falling lizard populations, thawing permafrost to withering crops. Each video is accompanied by an activity provided by “Windows to the Universe” at the National Earth Science Teachers Association, to engage and involve your students in examining and understanding climate issues.

Higher Ed subscribers: To access the “Changing Planet” collection, please click here.

EPA Toxics Release 2010 now available

27 Jan 2012

*NLM Technical Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2012, The National Library of Medicine TOXMAP and TOXNET Now Include 2010 EPA Toxics Release


From: NLM New files for the week of Jan 23, 2012

More information is here at Toxmap News: http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov/toxmap/news/2012/01/toxmap-now-includes-tri-2010-data.html

UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

UNESCO: Rio+20


“The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 and the hope is that this gathering will refocus on the original goals of the first Rio convention held in 1992. UNESCO hopes that Rio+20 will “underpin a broader, longer-term process of redressing imbalances, a rethinking of priorities, and the necessary institutional reforms to bring about coherence in economic, environmental and social policies, which benefits all members of society.” On this site, visitors can learn about UNESCO’s “messages” for those participating in Rio+20, which cover “Education for a Sustainable Future” and “Building Awareness for Green Policies”. Moving along, the “Resources” area contains timely research documents like “From Green Economics to Green Societies” and “Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability”. Also, visitors shouldn’t miss the “Video” area, which includes information about UNESCO’s outreach efforts in addressing the digital divide and incorporating media partners into educating the public about sustainable development.”

Source: Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, Jan. 20.

Strategic Plan for U.S. Global Change Research Program

(photo ©image 100/Corbis) Plan for U.S. Global Change Research Program Reviewed
The draft 10-year strategic plan for the U.S. Global Change Research Program is “evolving in the right direction,” but several key issues could strengthen these planning efforts, says a new report from the National Research Council.”

Source: What’s New at the National Academies, Jan. 9, 2012