Links, reports, data

Interested in learning more about Bioenergy and Bioproducts?  Check out these links, interesting reports and databases for your classroom projects.

 Sustainability resources

  • Brundtland, G. H. and Brundtland Commission (1987). UN Documents: Gathering a body of global agreements, Chapter 2. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future. 
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Sustainability Technology, Life Cycle Assessment resources and information available.
  • Frosch, R.A. (1994) Industrial ecology . Minimizing the impact of industrial waste, Physics Today 47(11):63-68.
  • Kates RW ed (2010) Readings in sustainability science and technology. CID working paper No. 213. Center for International Development, Harvard University, Cambridge. .Accessed Sept 29, 2012.
  • National Academies Press, Sustainability and the US EPA,
  • National Atlas, Department of the Interior, Jan 2011, "Renewable Energy Sources in the United States"
  • National Renewable Energy Lab, Aug 2012, "Dynamic Maps, GIS Data, & Analysis Tools, "United States Renewable Energy Potential" .
  • Students and Sustainability, EPA
  • Tester, Jefferson, "Sustainable Energy- Choosing Among Options When Everything Matters", a video presentation at the National Academy of Engineering 2012 Regional Symposium, "Toward a Sustainable Future", Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, available at
  • US EPA, Framework for sustainability indicators

 Systems Thinking resources

  • Frosch, Robert A. and Nicholas E. Gallopoulos (1989) Strategies for Manufacturing. Scientific American 189 (3) 152
  • Frosch, R.A. (1994) Industrial ecology . Minimizing the impact of industrial waste, Physics Today 47(11):63-68.
  • National Science Teachers Association "The Science Teacher" October 2012 Issue: Features "Systems Thinking" topics included in Volume 79 No.7:
  • pg 38 (Modeling Earth's Climate);

  • pg 43 (Why do I crave that cookie- human body systems);

  • pg 48 (Complexity from Simplicity - electrical circuits, truth tables);

  • pg 58 (All Things Being Equal- guided inquiry on particulate level equilibrium system).


Biomass Feedstocks resources

  • Biomass basics 
  • Biomass feedstock composition and property database, US Dept of Energy, available at
  • Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework
  • Biomass Feedstock Composition and Property Database, contains information about over 150 biomass samples and can be accessed at.
  • Census of Agriculture website database
  • Energy Information Administration
  • Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Review, 2011, Chart: Figure 2.0 Primary Energy Consumption by Source and Sector, 2011, Available
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) website database
  • USDA Renewable Energy Tools
  • US Department of Energy, 2011, U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and  Bioproducts Industry. R.D. Perlack and B.J. Stokes (Leads), ORNL/TM-2011/224. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. 227p.


Liquid Biofuels resources

  •          Energy Information Administration, 2011 Annual Energy Review.
  • Alternative Fuels Data Center
  • Biodiesel fuel basics, Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Ethanol fuel basics, Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Emerging Renewable Fuels
  • Energy Information Administration at
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE
  • Jing Lü , Con Sheahan and Pengcheng Fu, Metabolic engineering of algae for fourth generation biofuels production, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011,4, 2451-2466
  • National Biodiesel Board
  • Renewable Fuels Association at
  • Renewable Fuels Standard (RFA) mandates available through U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Geographic Magazine, June 2004, "The end of cheap oil", Appenzeller, T.


Biomass for Heat resources


 Biomass for Power resources

  • Catalogue of combined heat and power technologies
  • US Department of Energy Bioenergy Basics, Biopower
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, Combined heat and power partnership website
  • Whole Building Design Guide, Biomass for electricity generation,


Bioproducts resources

  • Anastas, Paul, Ph.D.  and John Warner, Ph.D. Twelve Principals of Green Chemistry, in Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press: New York, 1998),and also  summarized at
  • Bio-based Manufacturing information, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Bio-Based Manufacturing,
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL),  NREL: Learning: Bioproducts
  • Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center
  • Twenty Bioproducts Lesson Plans


Public Policy on Bioenergy and Bioproducts resources