Environmental Planning Online
Environmental Planning Online is a selection of websites pertaining to environmental planning, supporting landscape architecture, environmental planning, and city planning programs at the University of California, Berkeley. The emphasis is on U.S. and California environmental planning. Note that abundant print resources on environmental planning are also available on the Berkeley campus; for additional assistance, please consult the reference staff of the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall.
Compiled by Deborah Sommer.
Content reviewed: September 2008
Use these gateway websites to identify many additional sites and resources to supplement the few listed on this web page.
Best Environmental Directories (Centre for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment) Lists hundreds of substantive environmental websites. International and multilingual.
EarthTrends: the Environmental Information Portal (World Resources Institute) "A comprehensive online database that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world." Each topic includes a searchable database, country profiles, maps, and data tables.
EnviroLink Comprehensive site for environmental issues. International coverage.
Environment & Nature (Yahoo!)
Virtual Library on Urban Environmental Management (Tokyo Institute of Technology) Excellent well-organized site. Includes statistics, glossaries, e-mail lists, and links to many other websites.
See also California Planning Online for links pertaining to California city planning.
Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development Formed by business, environmental, and government agencies to support regional cooperation in land use, growth management, transportation, etc.
Calfed Bay-Delta Program
California Center for Land Recycling (CCLR) Focuses on creating sustainable communities through land recycling, especially the reuse of brownfields. Includes links to many resources.
California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) (Calif. Resources Agency) CERES is an information system developed "to improve environmental analysis and planning by integrating natural and cultural resource information from multiple contributors." The site includes a section on environmental law, regulation, and policy, with a California emphasis.
California State Lands Commission "This Internet site provides information about the Commission, online copies of environmental impact reports and geographic information system data."
CEQA, California Environmental Quality Act (Calif. Resources Agency & Governor's Office of Plannng and Research) Includes the full text of CEQA, plus guidelines, case law, and other supplemental materials.
Environment California A statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.
Information Center for the Environment (UC Davis) The Center is a cooperative effort of environmental scientists at the University of California, Davis and collaborators at over thirty private, state, federal, and international organizations interested in environmental protection. Links to many projects with a California emphasis.
Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN) (Calif. Resources Agency) A project of the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES). Provides a searchable full-text database of California environmental assessment documents, general plans, maps, photos, regulatory documents, etc.
Planning and Conservation League The PCL is a "nonprofit alliance of citizens and conservation organizations united to protect and restore the quality of California's environment through legislative and administrative action." Site includes full-text PCL newsletters and information about current California environmental legislation.
Sierra Nevada Ecosystem
Project (SNEP) (UC Davis) This "ecosystem evaluation undertakes...a
scientific review of late-successional forests, key watersheds, and significant
natural areas...on federal lands of the Sierra Nevada ecoregion, and also
broadly evaluates the entire set of Sierra Nevada ecosystems, including
their social, economic, and ecological components."
Urban Habitat Program "Addresses issues of social and environmental justice from a regional perspective." Partners with various Bay Area organizations.
Education (Calif. Environmental Resources Evaluation System)
CREEC Network (California Regional Environmental Education Community)
Environmental Education (Envirolink) A directory of links for environmental education information, materials, and ideas on the web.
Environmental Literacy Council Includes resources and teaching modules.
Cities Environment Reports on the Internet (CEROI) (UNEP/GRID-Arendal) "A programme within the framework of Local Agenda 21 to facilitate access to environmental information for sound decision-making and general awareness-raising in cities." Site includes full-text reports and data for individual participating cities.
Green Cities (U.S. Dept. of Energy) "Clean Cities strives to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption."
Green Design Resources: Sources (UC Berkeley Library) Well-organized research guide to both print and digital resources on green design.
International Institute for Sustainable Development Excellent site. Many links throughout. Includes a searchable database of the IISD Research Library.
Smart Communities Network (National Center for Appropriate Technology) Includes annotated web links as well as bibliographies of books, articles, case studies, and online bibliographies on sustainability issues.
Sustainable Communities Network Includes links to full-text case studies of programs and projects creating sustainable communities.
Sustainable Measures Site includes a searchable database of sustainability indicators in use by specific locales.
Sprawl & the New Urbanism
(UC Berkeley Library) Research guide to print and web-based resources on urban sprawl and the New Urbanism.
WWW Virtual Library Sustainable Development (Univ. Libre de Bruxelles, Center for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment) Well-organized, comprehensive. International coverage.
Journals & Indexes
Included here are primarily lists of environmental journals that provide some level of content access via the web. Selected individual journal titles may be found in the topical sections of this guide. Note that many journals are now available full-text on the web to the UC Berkeley community. See The Library's home page→ Articles.
EnviroLink: Publications Provides extensive annotated listings of web-based environmental publications, primarily journals.
Environmental Planning Indexes & Abstracts (UC Berkeley Library) A selective list of periodical indexes that cover all aspects of environmental planning. Most indexes listed are available via the web.
GreenClips: Sustainable Building Design News Digest
Provides a summary of recent articles on sustainable building design and related government and business issues; published every two weeks.
Landscape Architecture Indexes & Abstracts (UC Berkeley Library) A selective list of periodical indexes that cover all aspects of landscape architecture. Most indexes listed are available via the web.
Environmental Planning Organizations
See also the Gateway Sites listings for extensive directories of environmental planning organizations.