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Environmental Science Projects

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Environmental issues are important to today’s youth and this interest is reflected in their science fair projects. Science Fair administrators estimate an increase in the number of environmental projects with 40% of all projects directly relating to the environment. These projects highlight growing concerns about sustainability, climate change, and the effects of pollution on air, water, and vegetation. They also serve to educate the student’s peers and others about the environment.

This guide provides sources to assist middle school students and teachers in planning, preparing, and executing environmental science fair projects and updates Environmental Science Projects (TB 97-6). Sources in other areas of science are listed in Science Fair Projects (LC Science Tracer Bullet 09-3). More specialized titles are listed in Space Science Projects (LC Science Tracer Bullet 06-3) and Science Projects in Biology, Natural History and Agriculture (LC Science Tracer Bullet 10-2). This and other recent Tracer Bullets are available online from the Science Reference Section at URL Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this compilation is designed--as the name of the series implies--to put the reader “on target.”



Cherry, Lynne, and Gary Braasch. How we know, what we know, about our changing climate: scientists and kids explore global warming. Nevada City, CA, Dawn Publications, c2008. 66 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QC981.8.C5C475 2008 <SciRR>

Ecological literacy: educating our children for a sustainable world. Edited by Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow. San Francisco, Sierra Club Books; Berkeley; Distributed by University of California Press, c2005. 275 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QH541.2.E238 2005 <SciRR>

Walker, Pam, and Elaine Wood. Environmental science experiments. New York, Facts on File, c2010. 153p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE77.W35 2010



Subject Headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on environmental science projects can be located in most card, book, and online catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant

   See also subdivision "Experiments" under headings of particular interest, such as "Air--Pollution," "Botany," Biology," "Earth Sciences," "Natural History," "Oceanography," "Water--Pollution"





Bonnet, Robert L., and G. Daniel Keen. Environmental science: 49 science fair projects. Blue Ridge Summit, PA, Tab Books, c1990. 124 p.
   QH541.24.B66 1990

Dashefsky, H. Steve. Environmental science: high-school science fair experiments. Blue Ridge Summit, PA, TAB Books, c1994. 177 p.
   Bibliography: p. 165-167.
   GE77.D38 1994

Gardner, Robert, Phyllis J. Perry, and Salvatore Tocci. Ace your ecology and environmental science project: great science fair ideas. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2009. 112 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE77.G36 2009

Gardner, Robert. Science projects about the environment and ecology. Springfield, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c1999. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 109-110.
   GE77.G37 1999

Harris, Elizabeth Snoke. Save the Earth science experiments: science fair projects for eco-kids. New York, Lark Books, c2008. 112 p.
   Q182.3.H377 2008

Rainis, Kenneth G. Environmental science projects for young scientists. New York, F. Watts, c1994. 160 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE77.R35 1994



Collard, Sneed B., and Action for Nature. Acting for nature: what young people around the world have done to protect the environment. Berkeley, CA, Heyday Books, c2000. 104 p.
   GE195.5.C65 2000

Conkin, Paul Keith. The state of the Earth: environmental challenges on the road to 2100. Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, c2007. 308 p.
   Bibliography: p. 289-297.
   GE195.7.C66 2007

Conservation. Edited by Yael Calhoun. Philadelphia, Chelsea House Publishers, 2005. 162 p.
   Bibliography: p. 153-154.
   S940.C63 2005

Cuff, David J., and Andrew S. Goudie. The Oxford companion to global change. New York, Oxford University Press, c2009. 684 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE149.C84 2008 <SciRR>

David, Laurie. Stop global warming: the solution is you!: an activist’s guide. 2nd ed. Golden, CO, Fulcrum Pub., c2008. 95 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QC981.8.G56D38 2008

Durable goods. Chicago, World Book, Inc. c2008. 64 p.
   GE195.5.D87 2008

The Environmental debate: a documentary history. Edited by Peninah Neimark and Peter Rhoades Mott. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1999. 319 p.
   Bibliography: p. 301-305.
   GE197.E7 1999 <SciRR>

Environmental issues: essential primary sources. Edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit, Thomson Gale, c2006. 515 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE105.E5825 2006 <SciRR>

Gardner, Robert. Celebrating Earth Day: a sourcebook of activities and experiments. Brookfield, CT, Millbrook Press, c1992. 96 p.
   Bibliography: p. 93.
   TD170.2.G37 1992

Gardner, Robert. Planet Earth science fair projects: using the moon, stars, beach balls, frisbees, and other far-out stuff. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2005. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 126.
   Q182.3.G38 2005

Grant, Nancy S. The pocket idiot’s guide to your carbon footprint. New York, Alpha, c2008. 212 p.
   TD885.5.C3G73 2008

Green, Jen. Rain forests. Milwaukee, Gareth Stevens Pub., 1999. 68 p.
   Bibliography: p. 66.
   QH541.5.R27G74 1999

Green buildings. Chicago, World Book, c2009. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 62.
   TH880.G744 2009

Gutnik, Martin J. Experiments that explore oil spills. Brookfield, CT, Millbrook Press, c1991. 72 p.
   Bibliography: p. 69.
   TD427.P4G84 1991

Harmon, Daniel E. The Environmental Protection Agency. Philadelphia, Chelsea House Publishers, c2002. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 62.
   TD171.H37 2002

Kriesberg, Daniel A. Wetlands. San Diego, Lucent Books, c2003. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 95-101.
   QH87.3.K75 2003

Magoc, Chris J. Environmental issues in American history: a reference guide with primary documents. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 2006. 328 p.
   Bibliography: p. 311-323.
   GE150.M338 2006 <SciRR>

Moore, Peter D. Wetlands. Rev. ed. New York, Facts on File, c2008. 270 p.
   Bibliography: p. 249-253.
   QH541.5.M3M664 2008

Nagle, Jeanne. Reducing your carbon footprint at school. New York, Rosen Central, 2009. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 43-46.
   TD886.5.N33 2009

Nelson, Gaylord, Susan Campbell, and Paul Wozniak. Beyond Earth Day: fulfilling the promise. Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, c2002. 201 p.
   Bibliography: p. 177-189.
   GE195.N45 2002

Owens, Peter. Oil and chemical spills. San Diego, CA, Lucent Books, c2004. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 101-104.
   TD196.P4O94 2004

Sobha, Geeta. Green technology: earth-friendly innovations. New York, Rosen Pub., 2008. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 59-61.
   TJ808.2.S663 2008

State of the wild: a global portrait of wildlife, wildlands, and oceans. 2006- Washington, Island Press, c2005- .
   QH75.A1S737 <SciRR>

Todd, Anne M. Get green! Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2009. 56 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE195.7.T636 2009



Climate and Global Warming

Barr, Gary. Climate change: is the world in danger? Chicago, Heinemann Library, a division of Reed Elsevier, c2007. 56 p.
   Bibliography: p. 54-55.
   QC981.8.C5B393 2007

David, Laurie, and Cambria Gordon. The down-to-Earth guide to global warming. New York, Orchard Books, 2007. 112 p.
   Bibliography: 106-107.
   QC981.8.G56D38 2007

Gore, Albert. An inconvenient truth: the crisis of global warming. Rev. ed. New York, Viking, 2007. 191 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QC981.8.G56G668 2007 <SciRR>

Green, Kenneth Philip. Global warming: understanding the debate. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2002. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 123-124.
   QC981.8.G56G725 2002;

Ecology and Ecosystems

Gutnik, Martin J. Ecology. New York, F. Watts, 1984. 122 p.
   QH541.24.G87 1984

Lawlor, Elizabeth P. Book of nature projects. Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books, c2008. 251 p.
   Q182.3.L336 2008

Rompella, Natalie. Ecosystems. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2008. 48 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QH541.24.R66 2008

Rybolt, Thomas R, and Robert C. Mebane. Environmental experiments about life. Hillside, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c1993. 96 p.
   QH541.24.R93 1993

The State of the nation’s ecosystems: measuring the lands, waters, and living resources of the United States. Edited by the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. Cambridge, Eng., New York, Cambridge University Press, 2002. 270 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QH104.S73 2002 <SciRR>

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave’s ecology for every kid: easy activities that make learning science fun. New York, Wiley, c1996. 219 p.
   QH541.24.V36 1996

Walker, Pam, and Elaine Wood. Ecosystem science fair projects: using worms, leaves, crickets, and other stuff. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2005. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 124.
   QH541.24.W35 2005

Energy Sources

Alternative energy sources. Edited by Darrin Gunkel. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, c2006. 204 p.
   Bibliography: p. 194-198.
   TJ808.A488 2006

Gardner, Robert. Experimenting with energy conservation. New York, Franklin Watts, c1992. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 124.
   TJ163.35.G33 1992

Nemzer, Marilyn, Deborah Page, and Anna Carter. Energy for keeps: electricity from renewable energy: an illustrated guide for everyone who uses electricity. Tiburon, CA, Energy Education Group, c2005. 157 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TJ808.P326 2005s

Land Use

Gardner, Robert. Super science projects about Earth’s soil and water. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Elementary/Enslow Publishers, c2008. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 47.
   S591.3.G37 2008

Kidd, J. S. (Jerry S.), and Renee A. Kidd. Agricultural versus environmental science: a green revolution. New York, Chelsea House Publishers, c2006. 208 p.
   Bibliography: p. 192-197.
   S589.75.K536 2006

Moore, Peter D. Agricultural and urban areas. New York, Chelsea House, c2006. 220 p.
   Bibliography: p. 208-211.
   S589.75.M66 2006

Rybolt, Thomas R., and Robert C. Mebane. Environmental experiments about land. Hillside, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c1993. 96 p.
   S593.R92 1993


Burns, Loree Griffin. Tracking trash: flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2007. 56 p.
   Bibliography: p. 56.
   GC232.B87 2007

Critical perspectives on pollution. Edited by Stephanie Watson. New York, Rosen Pub. Group, 2007. 224 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD176.C75 2007

Pollution. Edited by Cynthia A. Bily. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, c2007. 144 p.
   Bibliography: p. 132-137.
   TD176.P653 2007

Rybolt, Thomas R., and Robert C. Mebane. Environmental experiments about air. Hillside, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c1993. 96 p.
   TD883.13.R93 1993

Rybolt, Thomas R., and Robert C. Mebane. Environmental experiments about water. Hillside, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c1993. 96 p.
   TD422.R93 1993

Sootin, Harry. Easy experiments with water pollution. New York, Four Winds Press, 1974. 109 p.
   Bibliography: p. 103-104.


Barnham, Kay. Recycle. New York, Crabtree Pub., c2008. 32 p.
   TD794.5.B365 2008

Bowden, Rob. Waste, recycling, and reuse: our impact on the planet. Austin, Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c2002. 64 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD792.B69 2002

Conservation and recycling of resources: new research. Edited by Christian V. Loeffe. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2006. 260 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD794.5.C664 2006

Crampton, Norman. Green house: eco-friendly disposal and recycling at home. Lanham, MD, M. Evans; Distributed by National Book Network, c2008. 116 p.
   TD171.7.C73 2008

Gutnik, Martin J. Experiments that explore recycling. Brookfield, CT, Millbrook Press, c1992. 72 p.
   Bibliography: p. 65.
   TD792.G87 1992

Morgan, Sally. Waste and recycling. North Mankato, MN, Smart Apple Media, c2007. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 47.
   TD792.M66 2007

Trends in conservation and recycling of resources. Edited by Christian V. Loeffe. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2007. 327 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD794.5.T74 2007

Wilcox, Charlotte. Recycling. Minneapolis, Lerner Publications, c2008. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 44-46.
   HD9975.A2W55 2008


Bowden, Rob. Transportation: our impact on the planet. Chicago, Raintree, c2004. 64 p. Bibliography: p. 62.
   HE147.65.B68 2004

Furgang, Kathy, and Adam Furgang. On the move: green transportation. New York, Rosen Pub. Group, 2009. 48 p.
   HE147.65.F87 2009
   Bibliography: p. 43-46.

Royston, Angela. Travel of the future. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2008. 48 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TA1149.R695 2008

Willis, Terri, and Wallace B. Black. Cars--an environmental challenge. Chicago, Childrens Press, c1992. 127 p.
   TD886.5.B57 1992



Environment and our global community. Edited by Susan G. Shapiro. New York, International Debate Education Association, c2005. 253 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE77.E58 2005

Gates, Julie M. Consider the earth: environmental activities for grades 4-8. 2nd ed. Englewood, CO, Teacher Ideas Press, 1999. 246 p.
   Includes bibliographical references
   GE77.G38 1999

Gatto, Lynn Astarita, and Reeda Stamper Hart. Envirobox project. Science and children, v. 38, Nov./Dec. 2000: 18-23.

Global climate change: resources for environmental literacy. Environmental Literacy Council and National Science Teachers Association. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2007. 22 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QC981.8.C5G6486 2007

Harris, Mary E., and Harold H. Harris. Sorting recycled trash: an activity for Earth Day 2007. Journal of chemical education, v. 84, Feb. 2007: 207-210.

Junior environmental activities on file. Victoria Chapman & Associates, Inc. New York, Facts on File, c1997. 1 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE77.J86 1997

Kirkland, Jane. No student left indoors: creating a field guide to your schoolyard. Lionville, PA, Stillwater Pub., c2007. 178 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QH54.5.K57 2007 <SciRR>

Liggit, P., and others. Get wet: bringing water & wetland education to after-school programs. American biology teacher, v. 66, Feb. 2004: 92-100.

Malnor, Carol. A teacher’s guide to “How we know what we know about our changing climate: lessons, resources, and guidelines about global warming.” Nevada City, CA, Dawn Publications, c2008. 56 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QC981.8.C5C475 2008b <SciRR>

Resources for environmental literacy: five teaching modules for middle and high school teachers. Environmental Literacy Council and National Science Teachers Association. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2007. 189 p.
   GE80.R47 2007 <SciRR>

Roa, Michael L. Environmental science activities kit. West Nyack, NY, Center for Applied Research in Education, c1993. 332 p.
   Bibliography: p. 330-332.
   GE77.R63 1993

Schutsky, Kim, Sashi Kaufman, and Steve Signell. The ABCs of ecology: an educator’s guide to learning outside. Saco, ME, Ecology Education, c2006. 227 p.
   QH541.2.S335 2006

Simpson, Martha Seif. Environmental awareness activities for librarians and teachers: 20 interdisciplinary units for use in grades 2-8. Jefferson, NC, McFarland, c1995. 275 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE77.S56 1995

Wagner, Travis, and Robert Sanford. Environmental science: active learning laboratories and applied problem sets. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley, c2005. 214 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE70.W34 2005

Warren, Patricia, and Janet R. Galle. Exploring ecology: 49 ready to-use activities for grades 4-8. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2005. 252 p.
   Bibliography: p. 245-248.
   QH541.2.W295 2005



Educators guide to free science materials. 1st- ed.; 1960- Compiled and edited by Mary H. Saterstrom. Randolph, Wis., Educators Progress Service. Annual.
   Q181.A1E3 <SciRR Desk>

Pilger, Mary Anne. Science experiments index for young people. 4th ed. Westport, CT, Libraries Unlimited, c2005. 184 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q182.3.P55 2005 <SciRR>

Science experiments & projects index. Edited by Lisa Holonitch. Fort Atkinson, WI, Highsmith, c1994. 324 p.    Bibliography: p. 311-324.
   Z7401.S374 1994 <SciRR>

Science fair project index. 1960-1972. Compiled by the staff of the Science and Technology Division of the Akron Summit County Public Library; edited by Janet Y. Stoffer. Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1975. 728 p.
   Bibliography: p. 713-728.
   Q182.3.S34 1975 <SciRR>

Science fair project index. 1973-1980. Edited by Science and Technology Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library. Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1983. 723 p.
   Bibliography: p. 709-723.   
   Q182.3.S34 1975 Suppl. <SciRR>
   Continuation of: Science fair project index, 1960-1972.

Science fair project index. 1981-1984. Edited by Cynthia Bishop, Deborah Crowe, Science and Technology Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library. Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1986. 686 p.
   Bibliography: p. 680-686.
   Q182.3.S34 1975 Suppl. 2 <SciRR>
   Continuation of: Science fair project index, 1973-1980.

Science fair project index. 1985-1989. Edited by Cynthia Bishop, Katherine Ertle, Karen Zeleznik. Prepared by the Science and Technology staff of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1992. 555 p.
   Bibliography: p. 548-555.
   Q182.3.S34 1975 Suppl. 3 <SciRR>
   "Third supplement to the Science fair project index, 1960-1972."

Science fair project index. 1990-
   The Science and Technology division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library prepares the Science fair project index as part of the Library’s ongoing commitment to contribute to the literature of the profession. The present electronic database includes bibliographic data for materials published from 1990 to date.

Wesson, Lindsey Patrick. Green reads: best environmental resources for youth, K-12. Santa Barbara, CA, Libraries Unlimited, c2009. 200 p.
   GE75.W47 2009
   Publishing date June 2009.



Earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis: resources for environmental literacy. Environmental Literacy Council and National Science Teachers Association. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2007. 28 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QE534.3.E377 2007

Encyclopedia of world environmental history. Edited by Shepard Krech III, J. R. McNeill, and Carolyn Merchant. New York, Routledge, 2004. 3 v. (1429 p.)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE10.E63 2004 <SciRR>

Environmental education: a resource handbook. Developed and edited by Joe E. Heimlich. Bloomington, IN, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, c2002. 202 p.
   GE70.E58155 2002

Environmental issues on file. The Diagram Group. New York, Facts On File, c2002. 1 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE75.E58 2002 <SciRR>

Environmental movement: resource book. Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO, 2008. 196 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE195.5.E58 2008

Mongillo, John F., and Peter Mongillo. Teen guides to environmental science. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 2004. 5 v.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE105.M66 2004

Vaughn, Jacqueline. Environmental activism: a reference handbook. Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO, c2003. 329 p.
   Includes bibliographical references
   GE195.S88 2003 <SciRR>



Outstanding science trade books for students K-12 -- 2010. Science teacher, v. 77, Mar. 2010: 43-50.
   Best Books vertical file <SciRR>

SB&F guide to science fair resources. SB&F (Science, books & films), v. 44, Sept./Oct. 2008: 183-187.
   Best Books vertical file <SciRR>



Abstracting and indexing services that index relevant journal articles and other literature are listed below. Some suggested terms for searching include Environment--Experiments, Ecology--Experiments, Environment Projects, Global Warming, Recycling, Environmental Sciences, etc. and headings listed in the Subject Headings section of this guide, or more specific headings, depending upon the topic of interest. Many of the titles may be available in electronic format. Please consult a reference librarian for the location and format of abstracting and indexing services in the Science Reading Room.

The following indexes are available in many public and college libraries.

Education Full Text (2001- )
   Electronic format

Education Index (1929- )
   Z5813.E23 <MRR Alc> and Electronic format

Encyclopedia of Earth
   Electronic format

Environment Complete
   Electronic format

EPA Science Inventory
   Electronic format

ERIC - Education Resources Information Center

General Science Index
   Z7401.G46 <N&CPRR> and Electronic format

Proquest Education Journals
   Electronic format

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900- )
   AI3.R48 <BusRR><MRR Alc><N&CPRR> and Electronic format

Vertical File Index (1932/1934- )
   Z1231.P2V567 <MRR>

Students may also need to use subject-oriented abstracting and indexing services for information on subjects related to the environment. Sample titles are listed below. These may be available only in large or specialized libraries. Many of the titles may now be available in electronic format. Please consult a reference librarian for the location and format of abstracting and indexing services.

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913- )
   Z7913.I7 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format

Bibliography and Index of Geology (1933- )
   Z6031.G4 and Electronic format

Biological Abstracts (1926- )
   QH301.B37 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format

Biological & Agricultural Index (1916- )
   Z5073.A46 <SciRR> and Electronic format

Biology Digest (1974- )

Chemical Abstracts (1907- )
   QD1.A51 <SciRR A&I>

Ecological Abstracts (1974- )

Ecology Abstracts (1974- )

Environment Abstracts Annual (1971- )

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management
   Electronic format

Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (1950- )
   QC851.A62 <SciRR A&I>

Oceanic Abstracts (1964- )

Pollution Abstracts (1970- )

Wildlife Review (1935-1995)
   SK351.W58 and Electronic format

Zoological Record (1864-)
   Z7991.Z87 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format



Journals that often contain relevant articles are:

Audubon QL671.A82
Discover Q1.D57
E: the Environmental Magazine TD171.7.E13
Earth QE1.G56
National Geographic G1.N27
National Wildlife S964.U6N35
Science Activities Q181.A1S29
Science & Children LB1585.S34
Science Scope Not in LC collections
Science Teacher Q181.S38
World Watch HC79.E5W674



Caton, Elaine, and others. Pipeline to environmental awareness. Science teacher, v. 65, Apr. 1998: 46-50.

Cromwell, Randy. Dishpan oil spill. Science activities, v. 36, summer 1999: 18-21.

Galus, P. J. Learning from landfills. Science teacher, v. 67, Dec. 2000: 28-31.

Messina, L., and others. Wetlands work. Science teacher, v. 71, May 2004: 44-45.

Norlander, Britt. Green racer. Science world, v. 63, Sept. 18, 2006: 10-13.

Quesada, Arli. Students swing into action to protect the environment. Technology & learning, v. 17, Jan. 1997: 19-23.

Shen, K. Teen builds carbon calculator. Current science, v. 92, Apr. 20, 2007: 14.

Walsh, Bryan, and Tiffany Sharples. Sizing up carbon footprints. Time, v. 171, May 26, 2008: 53-55.



Selected materials such as pamphlets, newspaper clippings, short articles, and similar miscellany are available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet box for this Tracer Bullet.

Can one small household help save the planet from global warming? The Washington Post magazine, Feb. 15, 2009: 8-13, 24-29.

Energy education resources--kindergarten through 12th grade. Washington, U. S. Department of Energy, 2006. 125 p.

50 simple things kids can do to save the earth. The Earth Works Group. Kansas City, MO, Andrews and McMeel, c1990. 156 p.

Racich, Michelle. 230 million tons of trash. Science scope, v. 25, Apr. 2002: 34-35.

Science fair fun. Washington, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2000. 16 p.
   URL: (PDF 245 KB)
(The freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print this resource.)

Venkataraman, Bhawani. Why environmental education? Environment, v. 50, Sept./Oct. 2008: 8-10.



THE INTERNET offers a growing number of sites useful for finding information on science fairs and environmental science projects. The following books and websites contain listings and directories for finding information related to environmental projects on the Internet or using Internet resources in the classroom.

Bazler, Judith. Earth science resources in the electronic age. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 2003. 303 p.
   QE48.87.B39 2003 <SciRR>

Educators guide to free Internet resources. (Elementary/middle school ed.) Randolph, WI, Educators Progress Service, 2002-
   LB1044.87.E365 <SciRR Computer Shelf>
   Latest edition in Science Reading Room.

Educators guide to free Internet resources. (Secondary ed.) Randolph, WI, Educators Progress Service, 2002-    QE48.87.B39 2003 <SciRR Computer Shelf>
   Latest edition in Science Reading Room.

Keane, Jacqueline P. Internet-based student research: creating to learn with a step-by-step approach, grades 5-12. Worthington, OH, Linworth Pub., c2006. 178 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QL1044.87.K42 2006

Rosner, Marc Alan. Science fair success using the Internet, revised and updated. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2006. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 110.
   Q182.3.R68 2006 <SciRR>

Venkataramana, Pillarisetty. Online databases and other Internet resources for earth science. Oxford, Chandos Pub., 2007. 312 p.
   Bibliography: p. 289-295.
   QE48.87.V46 2007 <SciRR Computer Shelf>

   Science fair ideas that involve environmental science.

Environmental Literacy Council
   Websites that investigate the natural world along with information on topics such as ecosystems, water, land, air & climate, and environment & society.

   Links to excellent sources for information covering all areas of environmental interests.

Internet Public Library
   Extensive site providing links to sites covering all aspects of science fairs including environmental organizations and resources.

Science Buddies
   Resources include free environmental science project ideas, a science fair project guide along with tools, techniques, and reference information.

Science made simple
   Contains projects dealing with chemical contamination of lakes and streams, acid rain, and the pH of common substances.

Sierra Club
   Environmental education directory listing curriculum for classroom or outdoor studies, environmental education organizations, government resources and activities for youth.



American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3920
Telephone: 202-326-6400
      See also: URL:

National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201-3000
Telephone: (703) 243-7100
      See also: URL:

National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Telephone: 800-822-9919
      See also: URL:

The Nature Conservancy
4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203-1606
Telephone: 703-841-5300

U. S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources & Environment Division
14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Telephone: 202-720-3210
      See also: URL:

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
Telephone: 202-260-2090
Telephone: 800-424-4372

Updated June 2010

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