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Environmental Search Guide
(a People- & Planet-Friendly Portal & Guide)

The Environmental Search Guide is a portal to major sources of environmental groups, organizations, websites and resources in Ontario and Canada, arranged by theme. To assist in searching, related keywords and concepts are also provided (at right). This page is intended to complement the Ontario Environmental Directory and the Environmental Portals & Directories Guide.

(A) Environmental Topics & Themes (Ontario, Canada and beyond)

Theme OEN Members & Subscribers* Ontario
People- & Planet-
Keywords / Search Terms (search engines)
Aboriginal OEN OED Caucus     GreenOnt GPages Google aboriginal, indigenous, native americans, first nations
Air & Climate Change OEN OED   Caucus   GreenOnt (2) GPages Google (2) air pollution, air quality, smog, climate change, global warming, global change, acid rain, acid deposition, ozone, atmosphere, emissions
Conservation & Biodiversity OEN OED     P&PF GreenOnt GPages Google conservation, stewardship, biodiversity, wilderness, endangered species, hunting, ecology, land use, sprawl, urban and regional planning, smart growth, rural development
Democracy & Civil Rights OEN OED     P&PF   GPages Google (2) democracy, direct democracy, local democracy, civil rights, human rights, free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, propaganda, anti-terrorism, oppression, fascism
Education OEN OED     P&PF (2)   GPages Google (2) education, environmental education, outdoors education, training, apprenticeship, internship, schools, colleges, universities, skills, civics
Employment OEN     Bulletin P&PF (2)   GPages Google environmental employment, green jobs, green business
Energy OEN OED Caucus Caucus P&PF (2) GreenOnt GPages Google energy, energy conservation, insulation, solar energy, wind power, electricity, oil, petrochemical, nuclear power, nuclear energy, renewable energy, renewables, green energy, homemade energy
Food & Agriculture OEN OED Caucus Caucus (2) P&PF (2) GreenOnt (2) GPages Google (2) food, food issues, food system, food security, gardening, agriculture, farming, rural development, organic food, organic gardening, organic agriculture, permaculture, genetic engineering, food biotechnology, intensive livestock operations, factory farms, land use, sprawl, pesticides
Forests OEN OED Caucus Caucus P&PF   GPages Google forest, forests, forestry, sustainable forestry, eco-forestry, ecoforestry, urban forestry, clearcut, clear cut, clear-cut, trees, pulp and paper, woodlot, pulp, timber, logging, non-timber, old growth
Green Business & Economics
(see also Trade)
OEN OED     P&PF GreenOnt GPages (2) Google green business, ecological economics, environmental economics, sustainable economics, community development, service economy, business ethics, conflict of interest, corporate watch, pollution watch, PR watch, consumerism, social responsibility, social investment
Health & Environment OEN OED   Caucus P&PF (see Toxics) GPages Google environmental health, environment and health, the cancer industry, toxic waste, toxics, synthetic chemicals, smog, disease,
environmental illness, chemical sensitivity, health promotion, prevention, persistent organic pollutants, endocrine disruptors, environmental estrogens, pesticides, precautionary principle, non-toxic, natural building, sustainable living
Healthy Community OEN OED     P&PF GreenOnt GPages   healthy community, sustainable community, community development, ecovillage, livable communities, creating community, community building, group process, intentional community, urban and regional planning
International Trade & Development OEN OED   Caucus P&PF (2) (3) GreenOnt GPages Google (2) (3) international trade, free trade, fair trade, globalization, globalisation, global issues, world studies, sweat shops, international development, exploitation, imperialism, corporate watch, PR watch, race to the bottom, green economics
Labour OEN OED Caucus       GPages Google labour, labor, employment, unions, unionization, just transition
Land Use OEN OED Caucus   P&PF (2) (3) GreenOnt (2) GPages Google land use, urban sprawl, urban planning, regional planning, factory farms, intensive livestock operations, stewardship, countryside, smart growth, natural resources, agriculture, forestry, mines, mining, tourism, land trust, conservation, groundwater, bioregionalism
Parks & Wilderness OEN OED (see Forests or Land Use)   P&PF GreenOnt GPages Google parks, provincial parks, outdoors, education, recreation, nature, naturalist, wilderness, wildlife, ecology, public space, crown land, conservation areas
Social Justice OEN OED     P&PF   GPages Google social justice, equity, environmental justice, poverty, food security, racism, fair trade, human rights, peace, social investment
Sustainable Living OEN OED     P&PF (2)   GPages Google (2) sustainable living, green living, voluntary simplicity, ecological footprint, frugality, materialism, consumerism, anti-consumerism, organic, nontoxic, non-toxic, natural, lifestyle, permaculture, buy nothing day, culture jamming, eco-spirituality, ecospirituality
Tools & Resources please see: Sustainability Network (2) P&PF (2) (3) GreenOnt GPages Google activism resources, nonprofit resources, non-profit resources, how to be an activist, governance, legal, ethics, planning, fundraising, financial management, human resource management, information systems, communications, outreach, events, education, participation
Toxics OEN OED (see Waste) Caucus (see Health) GreenOnt (2) GPages Google toxic waste, toxics, hazardous waste, pesticides, chemicals, incineration (see also Health & Environment)
Transportation OEN OED     P&PF (2) GreenOnt GPages Google transport, transportation, public transit, cars, automobiles, highways, trains, railway, bicycle, cycling, carpool, carpooling, ride sharing, car sharing, automobile renting, bicycle commuting, bikeshare, walkable communities, walking, healthy community, local economies, job sharing, four day workweek, telecommuting
War & Peace OEN OED     P&PF   GPages Google war, conflict resolution, violence, peace, nonviolence, non-violence, terrorism, anti-terrorism, militarism, military-industrial complex, foreign policy, imperialism, propaganda, disarmament (see also Trade)
Waste OEN OED Caucus (2)     GreenOnt GPages Google waste, garbage, reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, toxic waste, sludge, landfill, packaging, consumerism, materialism, marketing, packaging, ecological footprint, planned obsolescence, extended producer responsibility, service economy, voluntary simplicity, frugality
Water OEN OED Caucus Caucus   GreenOnt GPages Google water, groundwater, rivers, lakes, shorelines, wetlands, fresh water, marine, coastal, fisheries, aquaculture, pollution, heavy metals, desertification
Youth OEN OED Events & Strategy Caucus Events, Activities, Learning   GPages Google youth, environmentalism, activism, education, mentorship, apprenticeship, internship, employment, future
Index OEN Members (2) OED Homepage OEN Caucuses CEN Caucuses P&PF Directory Factsheets
Site index
Web index
Issues index environment, environmental, environmentalism, environmentalist, ecology, ecological, sustainable, sustainability, consumption, pollution, growth, conservation, green, nature, natural, the commons, environmentally-friendly, earth-friendly, society, social issues, economics, politics, social change, activism, community action, health, wellbeing, survival
Parent Site Ontario Environment Network Ontario Environmental Directory Ontario Environment Network Canadian Environmental
& Planet-Friendly
Green Ontario The Green Pages Google Directory  

* The OEN and OED links above are based on keyword and phrase matching some listings may be incorrectly included or excluded. Future updates to the directory, through the use of "issue codes", will make this process more accurate. For custom searching, please see the Keyword Search, Advanced Search or Search Tips. To learn more about the Ontario Environmental Directory, please see the About page.

Legend and notes: click here for a legend and notes describing each of the columns above.

(B) Regions & Communities in Ontario

For your convenience, this section provides direct links to Ontario Environment Directory listings by region and community. By clicking the links below you can find environmental groups, organizations, agencies and websites in your area. You can also do your own quick search, advanced search or linkable advanced search. (See also the Environmental Portals & Directories page and scroll down to the Local & Regional section).

Regions of Ontario

Central Ontario (not including Toronto Area) | Eastern Ontario | Golden Horseshoe / Niagara Peninsula | Northeastern Ontario | Northwestern Ontario | Southwestern Ontario | Toronto Area | All

Or by area code, where specified: 416 & 647; 519; 613; 705; 807; 905 & 289; All

Major Communities* (by population)

Barrie, Belleville, Brampton, Brantford, Burlington, Cambridge, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, Lindsay, London, Markham, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa/Hull, Peterborough, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, Stratford, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor.

Communities* (having one or more environmental groups)

Acton, Ajax, Alliston, Almonte, Amherstburg, Ancaster, Angus, Ann Arbor, Atikokan, Aurora, Bainsville, Bancroft, Barrie, Beamsville, Bearskin Lake, Belleville, Bellevue, Bobcaygeon, Bolton, Boulter, Bowmanville, Bracebridge, Bramalea, Brampton, Brantford, Brighton, Buffalo, Burlington, Caledon East, Caledonia, Calgary, Cambridge, Canmore, Cannington, Cape Croker, Carp, Cayuga, Charlottetown, Quinte West, Claremont, Collingwood, Concord, Corner Brook, Cornwall, Courtice, Cutler, Deseronto, Don Mills, Downsview, Edmonton, Edwards, Eganville, Elm Lake, Elmira, Elora, Espanola, Etobicoke, Flesherton, Georgetown, Gloucester, Godfrey, Grand Bend, Grassy Narrows, Guelph, Hagersville, Haliburton, Halifax, Hamilton, Hanover, Hartington, Heron Bay, Hillsburgh, Hull, Ingersoll, Irondale, Kagawong, Kanata, Kenora, Killaloe, Killarney, King City, Kingston, Kingsville, Kirkland Lake, Kitchener, Leamington, Lindsay, Lion's Head, Listowel, London, Lucan, Lucknow, Mallorytown, Markham, Merrickville, Midland, Milton, Minden, Mississauga, Montreal, Mooretown, Nepean, New Liskeard, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, North Bay, North York, Norwood, Oakville, Ohsweken, Orillia, Oshawa, Ottawa/Hull, Owen Sound, Palgrove, Palmerston, Parry Sound, Pelee Island, Pembroke, Perth, Peterborough, Pickering, Picton, Point Edward, Porcupine, Port Perry, Port Rowan, Portland, Portland-on-the-Rideau, Ravenna, Richmond Hill, Ridgeville, Roseneath, Sarnia, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie, Scarborough, Schomberg, Shawnigan Lake, Shelburne, Simcoe, Smiths Falls, Southampton, Spring Bay, St. Catharines, St. Thomas, Stittsville, Stouffville, Stratford, Sudbury, Sutton West, Tecumseh, Temagami, Thornhill, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Unionville, Uxbridge, Val Caron, Vanier, Walkerton, Wallaceburg, Walsingham, Waterford, Waterloo, West Montrose, Westport, Whitby, Whitehorse, Windsor, Winnipeg, Wolfe Island, Woodstock, All. This list of communities is not updated frequently. If yours is not listed here, try also: quick search, advanced search, linkable advanced search or other local & regional directories.

* For greater inclusiveness and simplicity, the community links above are based on keyword searches. In some cases, extraneous listings may be included in the search results. You can refine or customize your search by doing either a quick search, advanced search or linkable advanced search. See also: other local & regional directories.

Regions and Communities Canada and Beyond

For other places to find local or regional environmental information, see the Local and Regional section of the Environmental Portals page.

Environmental Search Guide thematic guide to major environmental portals in Ontario and Canada. First edition, December 2003. We welcome your feedback and suggestions. We also encourage you to reprint any part of this page in your newsletter, e-mail list, website or other publication, as long as appropriate credit is given, including a link back to this page. Please link to: Environmental Search Guide. Compiled by Peter Blanchard for publication on the Ontario Environment Network and People- & Planet-Friendly websites.

See also:

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