Your Environment

Your Environment

Air Now
(Environmental Protection Agency)
Find out what your air quality is. You can get information about air quality locally or nationally. The Air Quality Index "tells you how clean the air is and whether it will affect your health. EPA, state, and local agencies work together to report current and forecast conditions for ozone and particle pollution. AIRNow forecasts next-day air quality."
http://www.airnow.gov/
Air Quality
(National Park Service)
Learn how air pollution effects plants and forest trees in particular. Find out what the National Park Service is doing to protect trees from pollution and how you can help.
http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/air-quality.htm
AirData: Access to Air Pollution Data
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA))
At this site, you can create maps and reports based on annual summaries of air pollution data collected by the EPA. You can specify a specific location, down to county or zipcode level, or you can search by state, region, or nation. You can get information about particular pollutants at monitoring sites and levels of emissions for specific hazardous pollutants. The reports and maps can be complex to create and understand, but the instructions and explanations are helpful.
http://www.epa.gov/airdata/
S.C. Water Resources Center
(Clemson University)
This Web site gives information about water resources for those interested in agriculture, aquaculture, water resource conservation, and water quality in South Carolina.
http://sti.clemson.edu/centers-mainmenu-26/water-resources-center
Earth 911
(Global Alerts)
Earth 911 was founded in 1991 to deliver actionable local information on recycling and product stewardship that empowers consumers to act locally, live responsibly and contribute to sustainability.
http://earth911.com/
EnergyGuide.com
(Nexus Energy Software)
This site allows you to enter data about your own energy use and then offers advice on how to decrease that use and save money. It offers information about energy efficient products and how to find a utility plan that uses renewable sources.
https://www.energyguide.com/
Envirofacts Data Warehouse
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
This Web site provides access to several EPA databases to provide information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information. Topics include Waste, Water, Toxics, Air, Radiation, Land, Other, and Maps. Put in your Zipcode to get information about sites of environmental hazards, watersheds, facilities reporting to EPA, flood zones, and other local data.
http://www.epa.gov/enviro/index.html
FuelEconomy.gov
(Environmental Defense)
This government Website helps you find gas mileage (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks.
http://Fueleconomy.gov/
Ground-Level Ozone Forecast
(Bureau of Air Quality)
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control shows you what the air quality is in your part of South Carolina. This site is updated daily and indicates ozone levels in the upstate, midlands, and central Savannah River area. In addition to the map, sections include more specific information about the air quality index, common questions about ozone, and links to national ozone forecasts.
http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/Ozone/ForecastingandMonitoring/curren
t_ozone_data.asp
Homes: Why are homes a concern?
(Tox Town. National Library of Medicine)
Learn about common things in or around the home that can affect your health. Includes links to other sources about home safety and health.
http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/locations.php?id=31
Household Products Database
(National Library of Medicine)
"What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Do these household products pose a potential health risk to you and your family? Find out what's in these products and what are the potential health effects, and other safety and handling information. " You can search by product type or name, ingredients, or search the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for health effect information.
http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/
Poison Prevention Publications
(U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
Scroll down to "Poison Prevention" to find publications that has tips on how to prevent you or your loved one from being poisoned.
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/General-Information/P
ublications-Listing/
Recalls.gov
Covers recalls of products issued by various government agencies including consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics, and environmental products.
http://www.recalls.gov
Scorecard
(Environmental Defense)
Learn what kind of air pollution is in your neighborhood.
http://scorecard.goodguide.com/
Search Your Community
(Environmental Protection Agency)
Enter zipcode and choose from four databases to retrieve environmental information about your community. Select Envirofacts for information about Pollution, hazardous waste sites, and other regulatory information. EnviroMapper creates customizable maps of regulated sites in the US. Surf Your Watershed contains Environmental conditions and activities in watersheds. UV Index has daily forecasts of the expected intensity of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
http://epa.gov/epahome/commsearch.htm
South Carolina Home*A*Syst
(Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service)
Home*A*Syst (Homestead Assessment System) helps you protect the surface and ground water quality around your home. "Home*A*Syst is a series of environmental self-assessments or checklists. These self-assessments make it easy for to record activities and conditions around the home that may affect water quality. Although participation in Home*A*Syst is voluntary, taking a few minutes to complete these self-assessments may help identify activities that could lead to problems with surface and ground water. Responses to all Home*A*Syst self-assessments are entirely confidential and are for the homeowner's own information and use."
http://www.clemson.edu/psapublishing/PAGES/WATER/WQL21.pdf
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The Sustainability Institute
This institute is committed to creating homes and communities that are environmentally sound and comfortable. Located in North Charleston, the main office serves as an example of an older home renovated using environmentally friendly materials and techniques. Click here to learn how to save energy and water and to create green spaces. See how to build or renovate a “green home” and how to make “green” choices. Click on the Events Calendar to learn about workshops, community meetings, and other events.
http://www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org/
TOXMAP
(National Library of Medicine)
TOXMAP uses maps of the United States and local areas to explore data about the release of toxic chemicals. The data is from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory. Maps show where these chemicals are released on-site into the air, water, and ground, and identify the releasing facilities, single year releases, and chemical release trends over time. You can search the system by chemical name, chemical name fragment, and/or location (such as city, state, or zip code).
http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov/toxmap/main/index.jsp

Last Modified: Monday April 02, 2012 10:05 AM