Nature, Science & the Environment

Animals, plants, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry, physics, earth science, paleontology, biology

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Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Items identified by the researchIT CT logo are provided courtesy of the Connecticut State Library. Have your library card handy for log-in.

GreenFILE iConn   Includes well-researched environmental science topics such as global climate change, pollution, sustainable agriculture, alternative fuel sources, and more.
Science Reference Center
iConn Search 640 science reference sources.

Ridgefield Goes Green!

Here is important information about several local environmental initiatives. Follow these links, research further in additional recommended resources and also check out our special green programs and services below. You can even borrow a Kill a Watt Energy Monitor to see how much energy your devices and appliances currently consume.


HRRA logoHousatonic Resources Recovery Authority

Single Stream Recycling Poster from HRRA - print and post for handy reference
Wipe Out Waste! A printable guidebook to local recycling

Town of Ridgefield

Transfer Station
Recycling Center
E-Waste List 
Ice B'Gone - the innovative and environmentally friendly snow and ice fighting material the town began using two years ago 

Single-Stream arrives at Recycling Center - Ridgefield Press September 15, 2013
No More Sorting: Ridgefield Switches to Single Stream Recycling - Ridgefield's HamletHub July 14, 2011
Ridgefield Recycling Center Moves to Single Stream - Ridgefield Patch July 13, 2011  
Ridgefield Recycles - a handy guide to the new single stream recycling procedures that went into effect in Ridgefield in September 2013



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All Weather Is Good
Weather-related books, resources and websites from the National Weather Center.

Alliance to Save Energy
Nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental & consumer leaders that undertakes research, educational programs and policy advocacy.  Offers listing of no-cost and low-cost tips for saving money & energy.

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.

Clean Energy Fund
Promotes clean and renewable energy used in CT.  Contains information on clean and renewable energy sources, current and previous CT investments and how to apply for funding.

Connecticut Green Building Council
Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council - provides education about design and construction of high performance, energy efficient buildings along with information about the LEED rating system and "green" building resources in CT.

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Composting Videos
Three short videos for online viewing -Home Composting: Turning Your Spoils to Soil, Don't Trash Grass and Leaf Composting: Windrows of Opportunity.

CT Energy Info
Assists CT consumers in locating information about energy related matters and helps them identify strategies that can be used to lower energy consumption and cost.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
Comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and selected federal incentives that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Home Energy Saver
Energy audit tool designed to help consumers identity the best ways to save energy in their homes and find resources to take advantage of cost savings.

Institute For Sustainable Energy
Established at Eastern Connecticut State University to identify, develop and implement the means for achieving a sustainable energy future for CT.

Low Impact Living
Comprehensive source for U.S. environmental service providers.

NASA Images
Access to NASA's images, video, and audio collections with content divided into sections on the universe, the solar system, Earth, aeronautics and astronauts.

National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations
Travelers can find links to information on eco-tours and heritage travel, destination scorecards, and more.

Natural Resources Defense Council
Product information and suggestions for protecting the environment and more.

Product Stewardship Institute
Encourages innovative product design and outlines possible new legislation on products currently in the marketplace

Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE)
Dedicated to environmental education and activism on the local level.
Tips on cutting waste.

Provides breaking news about the latest scientific discoveries as well as research articles, encyclopedia information, images and videos.

Skin Deep
Rates the hazards in nearly 30,000 products, from baby wipes to styling mousse.

Steel Recycling Institute
Details the success of this 25-year effort, which has recycled a billion tons of steel

Track the latest hurricane, severe weather threat or get information on your local weather forecast.

U.S. Department of Energy
Provides comprehensive list of energy-related topics.

Library Materials

Circulating materials and most reference books are shelved together in the stacks. Print magazines and newspapers are on display in the Friends Reading Room or ask at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks are shelved separately on the Upper Level and nonfiction DVDs are mostly shelved in the Bossidy Commons. Travel DVDs are shelved with the travel books in the stacks on the Upper Level.


Animals – 590
Astronomy – 520
Biology – 570
Chemistry – 540
Earth Science – 550
Environmental Sciences 333.7
Nature - 508
Paleontology – 560
Physics – 530
Plants – 580

Great Courses - college lectures on CD and DVD, which includes many science topics, are shelved separately near the Adult Services Desk.


Connecticut Wildlife
Connecticut Woodlands
National Geographic
National Wildlife
Natural History
Popular Science
Physics Essays
Science News
Scientific American
Sky & Telescope 
See General Periodical Indexes online

Also of Interest

Astro4Girls and their Families

Donofrio Technology Series

International Year of Astronomy 2009

PDF Einstein’s Big Idea - 2005

Kill a Watt Energy Monitors available for loan

Museum Passes offering free or discounted admission to many area nature centers, parks, aquariums, planetariums and science museums.

Check for programs and events coming up at the Library about nature, science and the environment.


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