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

Aquinas College




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.


The citizens and government of Eugene, Oregon have a strong commitment to sustainability. Eighty five percent of the city's electricity comes from hydropower and wind turbines. They also have experienced considerable green space preservation success, as well as protection of wetlands and waterways.


Portland has an office of sustainable development devoted exclusively to making Portland a sustainable city. The site contains a wide variety of information on their programs like a city-wide composting program, green building initiatives, and energy conservation measures.

State of Oregon

Oregon has a sustainability board that works to find solutions that enhance Oregon's practice and spirit of sustainability and the web site explains the solutions the board has implemented at the state level. In particular, the State of Oregon has implemented a successful energy incentive, called the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC). The BETC gives businesses a 50% tax credit for up to $20 million invested in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Funded by the Steelcase Foundation of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Header photo by Carol Y. Swinehart, courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant Extension
Site by CMC/GrandNet