was created to facilitate better communication between the average consumer and solar panel installers in California. The site connects end users with the resources needed to make a more informed decision when installing solar panels. Readers can learn more about the basics of solar energy, pose questions to professionals in the industry, and browse and review solar panel installers in their area.

Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (CCEP)

The CCEP is a not-for-profit organization based in Ontario, focused on emergency risk management in both government and the private sector. The site provides information on and links to disaster management principles and practices, standards, community programs, education and training, research results, and products and services. CCEP produces the Annual World Conference on Disaster Management, and publishes Emergency Management Canada.

Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE)

CSSE is a national health, safety, and environmental organization for professionals in Canada that works with industry, governmental agencies, and other safety organizations to promote a greater awareness of health, safety, and environmental issues. The site offers news, training courses, certification information, and CSSE’s annual conference.


This site produced by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) provides access to occupational health and safety information provided by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments of Canada and by CCOHS. It contains access to information on legislation, topics, publications, statistics, training, research, and good practice.

Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a U.K.-based not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help businesses and the public sector boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercializing low-carbon technologies. Included on the organization’s Web site are links to its PDFs, guides and studies on all aspects of carbon reduction.

Carbon Trust: Carbon Saving Advice by Sector

This section of the U.K.-based Carbon Trust’s Web site offers advice by sector to help facilities services and other professionals cut carbon in the workplace. Sectors include: business activities (office-based); central government; ceramics, glass, cement; chemicals and chemical products; construction; electricity, gas and water supply; engineering; food, drink and tobacco; healthcare; higher and further education; hospitality; local government; metals and metal products; paper products and printing; retail and distribution; schools; sport and leisure; and textiles. The section also offers a free Better Business—Management Guide that shows how to identify measures where energy and cost savings can be easily made with little or no cost.

Nonprofit organization that educates the public about the dangers of climate change and makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses, and organizations to reduce their climate impact and support climate-friendly projects. It promotes low-cost carbon reductions and supports renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects that reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions. Offers a Carbon Calculator.

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)

CARE is a joint industry-government effort to increase the amount of recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpet and reduce the amount of waste carpet going to landfills. The site offers news, CARE Annual Reports, a map of companies that reclaim carpets, lists of carpet baler manufacturers, and numerous links to procurement/recycling companies and organizations.

CCIM Institute

This global organization confers the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation (for a “recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate”) and is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The site includes information on the institute and its educational services, a Find a CCIM Commercial Real Estate Professional search, property listings, and much more.

Ceilings and Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA)

CISCA serves the acoustical and specialty ceilings and interior finishes industry. The association provides market-driven solutions, including dynamic networking, quality education, accessible resources, and expert technical guidelines to enhance members’ success and profitability. CISCA publishes Interior Construction magazine and the Wood Ceilings Technique Guidelines Handbook and produces an annual convention and INTEX Expo. The site offers e-newsletters, events, publications, a membership directory, and other resources.

Center for Health Design

A research and advocacy organization of healthcare and design professionals seeking to improve the quality of healthcare through evidence-based building architecture and design. The site contains numerous resources, news, research, education programs (including the Center-sponsored HEALTHCARE DESIGN conference), and a list of Exemplary Facilities that use evidence-based design at some level to create healing environments that contribute to the quality of healthcare.

Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP)

This site from the Academic Health Center–University of Minnesota contains comprehensive news, research, and analysis on infectious diseases, and recommendations to prevent their use as a terrorist weapon. Topics include avian flu, pandemic flu, bioterrorism (anthrax, botulism, plague, smallpox, tularemia), biosecurity, food safety (irradiation, foodborne disease), SARS, West Nile virus, monkeypox, and chemical terrorism.

Center for Quality of Management (CQM)

An international non-profit organization that offers educational programs, advising services, research initiatives, and networking activities that build upon a foundation of Total Quality Management (TQM) and address the three areas it says are critical to long-term business success: planning, operations, and managing change. The site offers a course calendar, success stories, and information on membership and CQM awards.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), this government agency conducts and publishes research on public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. It also responds to health emergencies. Site includes safety and health topics such as Emergency Preparedness & Response; Environmental Health; Injury, Violence, & Safety; and Workplace Safety & Health; and offers data & statistics, publications, and tools & resources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), this government agency conducts and publishes research on public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. It also responds to health emergencies. The site includes safety and health topics such as Emergency Preparedness & Response, Environmental Health, Workplace Safety & Health, and Injury & Violence; publications and products; and data and statistics.

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

U.K.-based professional body representing a wide range of professional disciplines working within building and construction supply chains. The increasingly international organization offers comprehensive knowledge concerning the management of the total building process, and provides accreditation for the professional designations MCIOB and FCIOB. The site offers news, education, advice, events, resources, and more.

Chemical Emergencies [CDC]

This site from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contains information about chemical emergencies, including specific chemical agents; info for the general public (sheltering in place, evacuation, and personal cleaning & disposal of contaminated clothing); info for professionals, including first responders, on training, medical management, lab info, surveillance, preparation & planning, etc.; and related resources, such as poison control centers and state and local health departments.

CHP on Campus Online Guidebook [IDEA]

This guide from the International District Energy Association shows the potential for the adoption of combined heat and power (CHP) systems in college and university, urban downtown, hospitals, government complexes, and airport campus applications. It discusses the suitability of installing district energy systems at large, multi-building sites, and offers information on siting and permitting, technical and economic feasibility, and next steps to take.

CitySwitch Green Office

CitySwitch Green Office is a national Australian tenant energy efficiency program run in partnership by several cities along with state government agencies, the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, and Sustainability Victoria. Encompassing approximately 70 percent of Australia’s office space, the program works with tenants to improve office energy efficiency and thereby reduce CO2 emissions.

Clean Fleet Guide [DOE]

This site from the US Department of Energy features tools to help fleets make “green” vehicle and fuel decisions. Supported by Clean Cities, a network of volunteer coalitions that supports local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption, this site offers specs on available alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, tools to perform cost analyses based on specific locations, and information on other technologies that can help improve fuel economy. In addition, users will find “clean fleet” strategies they can use to build their own green fleet.


This interactive site from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts—Lowell helps manufacturers find safer surface cleaning chemicals that perform as well as hazardous chemicals while reducing overall risks to workers and the environment. Users can search the online database by contaminant, solvent to replace, type of equipment, or material being cleaned. The search results list possible replacement products, performance test results, and safety information based on environmental and health indicators.

Cleanfax Magazine Online

Cleanfax Online, a resource for the carpet cleaning industry, offers information including a comprehensive directory of manufacturers and distributors of cleaning equipment, chemicals and supplies; a news flash area with recent industry developments; a library of back issues of Cleanfax magazine (published by NTP); and information about advertising in or subscribing to Cleanfax magazine.

Cleaning Industry Research Institute

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute site is designed to be a credible source for the latest scientific research focused on cleaning. Its goals are to help separate cleaning science facts from myths; present the latest, unbiased, cleaning-science information in a user-friendly, easy-to-read format; and allow for easy research on topics relevant to current and future industry trends.

This site offers an online product catalog for “green” cleaning product alternatives, and a “Quick Reference Index/Problem Solving Guide” with recommended environmental solutions to common cleaning problems. For answers to particular problems not listed in the index, trained Environmental Cleaning Consultants are available at 631/643-1882 during business hours or by e-mailing at any time.

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

This international organization was created by Canada, Mexico, and the US under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) to address regional environmental concerns, help prevent trade and environmental conflicts, and promote effective enforcement of environmental law. It complements the environmental provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The site offers news, events, data, and numerous

Compliance and Safety

Originally part of Easy Lift Equipment Co., this company offers high-quality safety training videos and programs from leading producers such as: JJ Keller, Marcom, Summit Training Source, Coastal Training Technologies, Dupont and more. The company offers training in the areas of: Workplace Safety Training (ergonomics, drugs and alcohol, OSHA compliance, materials handling, first aid, etc.); Transportation & D.O.T (including HAZMAT); Human Resources Training; Construction Safety; School Safety Training (facilities management, food safety, etc.); Healthcare Training (emergency preparedness, infection control, etc.); and Hazardous Materials (including asbestos and lead).