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Environmental and Energy Resources Library (EERL)

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Environmental and Energy Resources Library (EERL)

The electronic Environmental and Energy Resources Library (EERL) is a project of the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. The library is a multi-faceted clearinghouse of valuable electronic resources. EERL is supported in part by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Active since 1999, ATEEC has been a collaboration of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC), the Davenport Public Library (DPL), the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE), and MIT’s Laboratory for Energy and the Environment (LFEE). EICC, DPL, and private librarians bring the skills to properly catalogue the resources recommended by the collaborators and reviewed/vetted by EERL’s handpicked team of environmental and energy educators and practitioners. This electronic library collects STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) resources tied to environmental and energy technology resource information—from classroom-ready materials to regulatory information and global environmental and energy issues. Some of the areas include: air quality, emergency preparedness and response, energy, natural resources management, safety and health, and sustainability. Vocational areas are covered also, from agriculture, automotive, and green building to manufacturing technology. EERL’s team of expert community college educators and practitioners evaluate and recommend valid, up-to-date content. EERL’s carefully chosen resources are incorporated into the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) database regularly, offering another way to access EERL and many other NSDL libraries. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Green Files Subject Tracer™.

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