“With the exception of some high-flying migrant species, nature doesn't commute to work.” - Janine Benyus, Biomimicry

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Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center- U.S. Department of Energy

The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center was developed in 1991 in response to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The site features a database with state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the North Carolina Solar Center. The organizationís mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.

State Government

The State of Iowa has implemented numerous sustainable agriculture initiatives, biodiesel programs, and much more.

Woodbury County

Woodbury County in Iowa recognizes the economic, environmental, and social benefits of organic farming and therefore is offering a tax incentive to farmers using sustainable practices. Starting in January of 2006, approved farmers receive a property tax rebate for five years as long as they become certified organic within three years. The Iowa County is willing to spend up to $50,000 a year on the program, with no more than $10,000 a year going to any one farm. Program administrators estimate that a 100-acre farm would save about $2,000 a year in taxes. Organizers expect employment to increase in the county, as well as farm productivity and profits.

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