U.S. Government Websites
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a
variety of environmental programs. This site provides information on
federal policies, programs and priorities as well as background
information on a wide range of environmental topics.
For data standards, see the EPA's Data Standards Website and the Exchange Network's Data Standards list.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS serves the Nation as an independent fact-finding agency that
collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding
about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. This site is
an excellent source for research in the following areas: biology,
geology, mapping, water resources.
National Park Service (NPS)
Find information on individual parks as well information relating to resource conservation.
Provides access to a cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.
Science.gov is a gateway to authoritative information provided by U.S.
Government agencies, including research and development results.
Subject areas include environmental quality, biology and nature, earth
and ocean sciences, natural resources and conservation, agriculture,
State and Local Government Websites
California Environmental Protection Agency
Access USGS - San Francisco Bay and Delta
San Francisco Environmental Health - Department of Public Health
San Francisco Estuary Institute
San Francisco Estuary Partnership
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) See the section called "Environment" for relevant programs and reports
The National Environmental Directory
A directory of more than 13,000 organizations in the United States
concerned with environmental issues and environmental education.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The IPCC was established to provide an objective source of information
about climate change. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive,
objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical
and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the
understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed
and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP’s activities cover a wide range of issues, including encouraging
protection of ecosystems, the promotion of environmental science and
information, and developing capacities to deal with environmental
disasters and at-risk habitats.
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization and is now the largest professional global conservation network. Provides a neutral forum for governments, NGOs, scientists, business and local communities to find practical solutions to conservation and development challenges. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.
World Resources Institute
WRI provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental
problems by working with organizations and individuals throughout the
world. At this website you’ll find environmental data and full-text
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
WWF is the largest privately supported international conservation
organization in the world. It directs its conservation efforts toward
three global goals: protecting endangered spaces, saving endangered
species and addressing global threats.
Center for International Earth Science
CIESIN’s mission is to provide access to and enhance the use of
information worldwide, in order to advance understanding of human
interactions in the environment. The center specializes in on-line data
and information management, spatial data integration and training, and
interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the
environment. Many statistical datasets and documents (such as full text
of environmental treaties) are available here.
EnviroLink is a non-profit organization which provides an online
community for people interested in environmental news and information,
uniting hundreds of environmental organizations and volunteers around