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Michigan State University

Environmental Studies Resources: Government

Michigan Government Players

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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Whether you are a student, educator, homeowner or kid (ages 1-100), you can learn something about Michigan's environment and the many ways that you can care for it. New resources are added to our site every day that promote environmental education. We value your input and encourage you to contact us with comments and/or recommendations for the site.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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Department of Environmental Quality Water Programs establish water quality standards, assess water quality, provide regulatory oversight for all public water supplies, issue permits to regulate the discharge of industrial and municipal wastewaters, monitor State Water resources for water quality, the quantity and quality of aquatic habitat, the health of aquatic communities, and compliance with state laws.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
State of Michigan's Environment Triennial Reports

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Renewables Energy Program,1607,7-159-16393---,00.html
The Michigan Renewables Energy Program (MREP) was established by the legislature, and implemented by the Public Service Commission, to promote the use of renewable energy in the state. A diverse group of individuals and organizations with knowledge and experience in energy production, technology, education, and policy development have been assembled to identify and address barriers to the advancement of renewables and recommend initiatives to increase renewable use in Michigan.

Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission
In 2006, Michigan's leaders decided the state needed to make a focused effort to encourage the production and use of biodiesel and ethanol products in Michigan, increase the viability of Michigan's agriculture industry, and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil. In 2006, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm established the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission to lead the charge towards renewable fuel development in Michigan. In July of 2007, the RFC issued a report of their reccommendations for the Governor and the legislature. You can find this report here on our new site, along with many other important resources. The RFC is continuing their research and recommendation of policies that will help Michigan become a leader in sustainable fuel development.

U.S. Government Players

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement
U.S. Department of Interior agency responsible for regulating offshore oil and natural gas drilling.

Environmental Protection Agency
EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

National Council for Science and the Environment
Congressional Research Service Reports
A universal, timely, and easy-to-use single-point entry to environmental information and data for the use of all participants in the environmental enterprise. Includes 2137 Congressional Research Service reports on environmental and related topics.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Learn about NREL's research and development of renewable fuels and electricity that advance national energy goals to change the way we power our homes, businesses, and cars.
Learn about Renewable Energy Basics

National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)/
National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS)
EPA's Gateway to Free Digital & Paper Publications. More than 7,000 are in stock and 26,000 digital titles are available FREE of charge to search and retrieve, download, print and/or order from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP).

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Open CRS. American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology through the cooperation of several organizations and collectors of CRS Reports, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports. Type in keyword and review the results.

Science.Gov Environment and Environmental Quality Web links
Pulls together hundreds of links to rarely visited web pages published by federal offices and programs doing science on environmental and other topics.  It also has collections of links on agriculture and food; earth and ocean sciences; energy and energy conservation; natural resources and conservation; and other topics relevant to environmental research.

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce
Jurisdiction over legislation on electric utilities regulation, energy plant siting (including nuclear facilities), and proposals to label appliances to indicate energy consumption.

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Natural Resources
Includes information on how to use Google Earth to view the nation's national parks. 

U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Jurisdiction over legislation on electric energy research and development.

U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works

Proquest Congressional
Not an agency, but a portal to the many publications released by the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Department of Energy
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex

U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Information Administration

Prepares analyses and forecasts on electric power supplies, including the effects of government policies and regulatory actions on capacity, consumption, finances, and rates. Publishes statistics on electric power industry.

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of the Interior Library
The U.S. Department of the Interior Library promotes the mission of the Department by providing a full range of professional reference and research services, available to Interior employees in both the Washington, DC, area and nationwide. The Library's collections include Departmental publications, as well as a broad range of related books, journals, and other resources that support the Department’s missions.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Also see EPA Browse Topics.

US Fish and Wildlife Service
FWS's mission is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Endangered Species Program

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Midwest Region

U.S. Forest Service
The Forest Service was established in 1905 and is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres.

US Geological Survey
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

U.S. Geological Survey
Energy Research and News

International Government Players

International Atomic Energy Agency : The IAEA is the world´s center of cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as the world´s "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.

International Energy Agency :  (IEA) acts as energy policy advisor to 27 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. Founded during the oil crisis of 1973-74, the IEA’s initial role was to co-ordinate measures in times of oil supply emergencies. As energy markets have changed, so has the IEA. Its mandate has broadened to incorporate the “Three E’s” of balanced energy policy making: energy security, economic development and environmental protection. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major consumers and producers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries. With a staff of around 190, mainly energy experts and statisticians from its 27 member countries, the IEA conducts a broad programme of energy research, data compilation, publications and public dissemination of the latest energy policy analysis and recommendations on good practices.

International Police Agency Environmental Crime Page

Organization of the Petroleum Export Countries : OPEC's mission is to coordinate and unify the petroleum policies of Member Countries and ensure the stabilization of oil markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers, a steady income to producers and a fair return on capital to those investing in the petroleum industry.

UN Commission on Sustainable Development : Organization responsible for monitoring implementation of United Nations' policies on environment and sustainable development.

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) : Descriptions of UNEP's publications and activities in a wide range of issues, from atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems, the promotion of environmental science and information, to an early warning and emergency response capacity to deal with environmental disasters and emergencies. Besides Publications also browse the UNEP Divisions section, Regions, and Focus Areas. The UNEP Bookshop is a good source of leads for additional ennvironmental publications, many of which will likely be in our library or available through interlibrary loan.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) refers to itself as the voice of the United Nations system on matters of environment. It monitors the status of the global environment, and it raises awareness to promote international actions on major environmental problems. Among its broad thematic and sectoral areas are: Biodiversity; Chemicals; Energy; Environmental Assessment; Freshwater; Land; Ozone; Poverty and Environment; Regional Seas; Sustainable Consumption; and Urban Environment. UNEP works through a number of high-level scientific advisory groups and collaborating technical centers, and it manages regional and thematic environmental programs.

World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP) : To be an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for the synthesis, analysis and dissemination of global biodiversity knowledge, providing authoritative, strategic and timely information for conventions, countries, organizations and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions.

World Meteorological Organization :  (WMO) is the United Nations' principal authority on the state and behavior of the Earth's weather, climate, and water cycle. WMO provides the framework for international cooperation in these areas in order to mitigate natural disasters and their consequences. Other aims are to support agriculture, water policy, air and marine transportation, and environmental management. WMO carries out its work through several scientific and technical programs to obtain and interpret meteorological and hydrological information at an international level. It uses satellite observations to provide information on climate, the ocean, agriculture, aviation, the atmospheric water cycle, and natural hazards. WMO supports implementation of the world's international environmental agreements through joint activities with UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, GEF, and international bodies for climate change and oceanographic assessment.

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