Looking for in-depth information on sustainable development? A family of websites created by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) offers information and links to other resources on sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable community development. Browse NCAT’s websites–you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT
The Montana Climate Action Project is a collaboration of partners in Montana working to find solutions, create opportunities and empower people around the issue of climate change. Our goal is to provide Montana citizens with the information and tools they need to understand climate change and make personal changes that will have a positive effect on the climate change crisis.
Energy Corps members are placed in host organizations in communities throughout several states to implement solutions for sustainable energy consumption.
Communities that consume energy, water and material resources in the most sustainable manner possible while maximizing productivity, security and prosperity and minimizing the release of greenhouse gases, solid waste and regulated pollutants to the local and global environment.
STATIC WEBSITES FROM COMPLETED PROJECTS
In the course of its work on dozens of projects, NCAT has created numerous websites on subjects related to sustainable energy, agriculture and communities. Though these websites are no longer updated with current material, they contain useful reference information on topics such as energy efficiency, green building, affordable energy, and irrigation efficiency. They also offer examples of the scope of NCAT’s past project work.
The Presidential Climate Action Project
In collaboration with the Johnson Foundation and additional co-sponsors, the Wirth Chair at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences is leading a national initiative to develop a bold and decisive climate action plan for the next President of the United States.
The initiative will gather the most promising proposals for new policies, programs, legislation, regulations, incentives and agency authorities, and will compile them in a Presidential Climate Action Plan (PCAP). The PCAP will provide the President with options for action in his or her first 100 days in office, first 1,000 days, and first Congressional budget package.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Operation Fresh Start helps individuals and communities incorporate sustainable principles and technologies into their plans as they recover from a flood, earthquake, or other disaster. The website provides technical assistance to disaster-affected communities as they plan community-scale, long-term recovery efforts, including relocation of buildings and neighborhoods and reconstruction of infrastructure.
Smart Communities Network website has been called “The Number One Source for Sustainable Development Information.” Managed by NCAT for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Smart Communities Network website is NCAT’s longest-running internet-based information program. The website contains hundreds of community success stories, model codes, breaking news on community sustainability, a national conference calendar, and a compendium of links to sustainable community information.
The Montana Rivers Project develops partnerships with ranchers who use sprinkler irrigation, especially in places where using less river water for irrigation benefits Montana’s fish and wildlife. Participating Montana ranchers receive a package of services that will improve their irrigation efficiency, reduce their operating expenses, and keep dollars in their pockets.
Green Tree: Decisions for Environmental Buildings, is designed to introduce architecture and construction management students to resource efficient building materials and practices. The website offers a decision-making process that students can use to evaluate materials for their appropriateness to particular projects. By introducing considerations relevant to resource efficient materials, and providing examples of their application, the website familiarizes students with the use of a range of resource efficient materials.
Sustainable Poultry showcases NCAT poultry projects, offering information on sustainable production, processing, marketing and entrepreneurship. The site gathers a variety of NCAT educational materials on sustainable poultry in one one place, making them available to the public.
THE NCAT MISSION
Helping People by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources.