Links and Resources

As members of a broader community concerned with environmental issues, Augsburg College draws on the insights and work of many off-campus organizations, agencies, and groups. For more information, look to the links below.

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Environmental resource use

Transportation

Waste reduction and recycling

Consumer information

Campus greening

Religion and environmental stewardship

Environmental education

Local, state, and regional agencies

National advocacy organizations


Environmental resource use

Ecological Footprint Quiz www.myfootprint.org - A quiz to find an individual’s “ecological footprint.”

Turn the Tide www.newdream.org/tttoffline - Simple actions anyone can take to make a difference for the environment.

U.S. Green Building Council www.usgbc.org - A building industry group promoting environmentally friendly design and building practices.

Natural Step www.naturalstep.org/en - A group working towards global sustainability.

Renewal Energy Policy Project www.repp.org/ – A group that promotes renewable energy.


Transportation

Metro Transit www.metrotransit.org - Public transit provider for the Twin Cities.

The Hub Bike Co-op thehubbikecoop.org - A local bicycle co-op.

Freewheel Bicycle Store freewheelbike.com - A local bicycle store.

Midwest Mountaineering www.midwestmtn.com - A local outdoor equipment store with bicycling resources.

City of Minneapolis Bicycling website www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles - Information about biking in the Twin Cities. Provided by the City of Minneapolis.


Waste reduction and recycling

REDUCE.ORG www.reduce.org - Learn about ways to reduce waste. Provided by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Recycling Association of Minnesota http://recycleminnesota.org/ - Information about recycling in Minnesota, along with other waste reduction information.

The Freecycle Network www.freecycle.org - Listings of items being given away for free, allowing unwanted items to be reused.

Twin Cities FreeMarket www.twincitiesfreemarket.org – Listings of items being given away for free, allowing unwanted items to be reused.

Wheels for Wishes – The Minnesota Wheels for Wishes organization accepts any vehicle (cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, motorcycles, boats, jet skis, etc.), whether it is running or not. They recycle or auction old vehicles, benefiting Make-A-Wish Minnesota. To find out more about the program or to donate your vehicle, visit http://minnesota.wheelsforwishes.org/


Consumer information

Alliance for Environmental Sustainability www.alliancees.org - A group that provides information regarding sustainable practices to both consumers and industry.

Co-op America http://www.greenamerica.org/ - A group that provides consumer information with a focus on sustainability.

GreenBiz www.greenbiz.com - An environmental responsibility resource for businesses.

The Green Guide www.thegreenguide.com - A guide to help the individual consumer make environmentally sound choices.

The Green Life www.thegreenlife.org - A guide to help the individual consumer make environmentally sound choices.

Greener Cars www.greenercars.org – An environmental guide to cars and trucks.

Tesla Motors www.teslamotors.com - A manufacturer of electric sports cars.


Campus Greening

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) www.aashe.org - An organization of educational instituations working for sustainability.

Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future www.ulsf.org - An international nonprofit working with colleges and universities for sustainable practices.

Campus Greening Initiative http://netimpact.org/ - An organization that works with campuses on sustainability projects.

International Institute for Sustainable Devlopment http://www.iisd.org/educate/ - The Institute provides a toolkit for thinking about green campuses.

Second Nature www.secondnature.org - A consulting group that works with educational institutions for sustainability.


Religion and Environmental Stewardship

Center for Environmental Philosophy www.cep.unt.edu - An international journal of environment, culture and religion.

ELCA Social Statement on Caring for Creation http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Social-Statements/Environment.aspx - The ELCA’s social statement  regarding care for the environment and additional resources

Evangelical Environmental Network www.creationcare.org - An evangelical ministry focused on care of the environment.

Eco-Justice Programs of the NCC http://nccecojustice.org/ - An office of the National Council of Churches.

Lutherans Restoring Creation www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org – a grassroots movement promoting care for creation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

National Religious Partnership for the Environment www.nrpe.org - An association of independent faith groups.


Environmental education

Center for Ecoliteracy www.ecoliteracy.org - A center dedicated to education regarding sustainable living.

Environmental Education and Training Partnership www.eetap.org - A partnership between the EPA and the University of Wisconsin.

Environmental Law Institute www.eli.org - An indpendent, non-partisan environmental education and policy research center.

Environmental Literacy Council www.enviroliteracy.org - Tools for teachers on environmental topics.

Global Footprint Network http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/ - A group advancing the use of the Ecological Footprint as a measure of impact.

An Inconvenient Truth www.climatecrisis.net - Information on global warming. Linked to the film An Inconvenient Truth.

Next Step www.nextstep.state.mn.us - An informational site about sustainability.

Rocky Mountain Institute www.rmi.org - An institute focused on energy policy.

Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge www.seek.state.mn.us - A Minnesota network of Environmental Education resources

SEDAC Environmental Sustainability http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/theme/sustainability - A central point to access data about sustainability.


Local, state, and regional agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency www.pca.state.mn.us - State agency for pollution control.

Alliance for Sustainability www.afs.nonprofitoffice.com/ - A Minnesota-based non-profit supporting projects for local, national, and global sustainability.

Audobon Minnesota http://mn.audubon.org/ - The Minnesota chapter of the national conservation group.

Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota www.cleanwateraction.org/mn - The Minnesota chapter of the national organization Clean Water Action.

Envision Minnesota http://www.envisionmn.org/ - A nonprofit organization promoting environmentally responsible development.

Fresh Energy http://fresh-energy.org/ - A nonprofit working towards cleaner energy options.

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area www.friends-bwca.org - A Minneapolis-based group dedicated to protecting the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area.

Friends of the Mississippi River www.fmr.org - A group working for a healthier Mississippi River, especially in the Twin Cities area.

Institute for Local Self-Reliamce www.ilsr.org - Assists organizations of all types to operate in environmentally friendly and sustainable ways.

Izaak Walton League www.minnesotaikes.org/ – A wildlife and environmental conservation group.

Land Stewardship Project http://www.landstewardshipproject.org/

 - A group supporting stewardship of farmland and sustainable land use.

Minnesota Association for Environmental Education www.minnesotaee.org/ – An environmental education promoter and professional network.

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy www.mncenter.org - A Minnesota environmental advocacy group.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources www.dnr.state.mn.us - Our state’s Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota Environmental Fund www.mnenvirofund.org - An organization that helps fund a number of environmental groups.

Minnesota Environmental Initiative www.environmental-initiative.org/ – An organization that uses partnerships to advance environmental projects.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership www.mepartnership.org - A coalition of environmental and conservation groups in Minnesota.

Minnesota Environmental Quality Board www.eqb.state.mn.us - A state policy group.

Minnesota Food Assocation www.mnfoodassociation.org - A group that works towards a more sustainable food system.

The Minnesota Project www.mnproject.org - A nonprofit organization working towards a range of sustainability initiatives.

Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota www.parksandtrails.org - For the management of Minnesota’s public parks and trails.

Recycling Association of Minnesota http://recycleminnesota.org/ – Resources for finding recycling centers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro and in out-state Minnesota

Sierra Club www.northstar.sierraclub.org - The Minnesota chapter of the national conservation organization.

The Tree Trust www.treetrust.org - A community forestry and tree-planting group.

Trust for Public Land www.tpl.org - A national land conservation organization.

Voyageurs National Park http://voyageurs.org/ - A significant national park in northern Minnesota.

White Earth Land Recovery Project www.nativeharvest.com - An organization dedicated to reclamation of land to more sustainable practices.

Wilderness Inquiry www.wildernessinquiry.org - A nature appreciation organization.

Women’s Environmental Network http://fwef.org/ - A professional organization for women with careers in the environmental field.


National environmental advocacy organizations

CLSP Environmental Advocacy Project http://www.nesl.edu/centers/clsr_environmental.cfm - A group coordinating efforts on environmental causes.

Environmental Defense Fund http://www.edf.org/ - A national advocacy group.

Friends of the Earth www.foe.org - The U.S. arm of the international organization.

National Resources Defence Council www.nrdc.org - A national advocacy group.

Campus Ecology Program http://www.nwf.org/Campus-Ecology.aspx/ - A program of the National Wildlife Federation

The Nature Conservancy www.nature.org - A conservation organization.

Rainforest Action Network www.ran.org - A conservationn organization focused on the rainforests of the world.

Save Our Environment Action Center www.saveourenvironment.org - A site that coordinates efforts for environmental causes.

World Wildlife Fund http://worldwildlife.org/ - An organization dedicated to protecting endangered species and their habitats.