Green Business or Green-to-Gold

  • AUDIO: Aspects Upstream, Downstream, Issues, and Opportunities
  • CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • DfE: Design for the Environment
  • DfX:Design for...(S)ustainability, (R)ecycling, (D)isassembly, etc
  • EH&S: Environmental Health and Safety
  • EMAS: Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
  • EMS: Environmental Management System
  • EQAT: Environmental Quality Action Team
  • IE: Industrial Ecology
  • IMEX: Industrial Materials Exchange
  • LCA: Life Cycle Analysis
  • LCM: Life Cycle Management
  • LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
  • NGO: Non-governmental organization
  • P2: Pollution Prevention
  • PCR: Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Content
  • SRI: Socially Responsible Investing
  • SVA: Shareholder value added

Organizations

  • ACEEE: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
  • AEC: Alternative Energy Coalition
  • AFPA: American Forest Products Association
  • ASES: American Solar Energy Society
  • AWEA: American Wind Energy Association
  • BELC: Business Environmental Leadership Council
  • BSR: Business for Social Responsibility
  • CEFIC: Conseil Europeen des Federations de l'Industrie Chimique (European Chemical Industry Council)
  • CERES: Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies
  • CI: Conservation International
  • COTE: American Institute of Architects (AIA)/Committee on the Environment (COTE)
  • CREST: Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
  • ECCR: The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility
  • ED: Environmental Defense
  • FOE: Friends of the Earth
  • FSC: Forest Stewardship Council
  • GEMI: Global Environmental Management Initiative
  • GFTN: Global Forest and Trade Network
  • GRI: Global Reporting Initiative
  • ICME: International Council on Metals and the Environment
  • IIASA: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
  • IPC: International Council on Metals and the Environment
  • IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
  • IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
  • NRDC: Natural Resources Defense Council
  • OFMA: Organic Farmers Marketing Association
  • OTA: Organic Trade Association
  • RMI: Rocky Mountain Institute
  • SCLDF: Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund
  • SFI: Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • TNC: The Nature Conservancy
  • USGBC: U.S. Green Building Council
  • USBCSD: U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • WBCSD: World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • WCS: Wildlife Conservation Society
  • WRI: World Resources Institute
  • WWF: World Wildlife Fund

Government

  • AANWR: Alaskan Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • BIA: Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • BLM: Bureau of Land Management
  • CBD: Convention on Biological Diversity
  • CEQ: Council on Environmental Quality
  • CSD: Commission on Sustainable Development (UN)
  • DEFRA: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • DNR: Department of Natural Resources
  • DOE: Department of Energy
  • DOI: Department of the Interior
  • EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPER: European Pollutant Emission Register
  • EREE: U.S. DOE: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy High Performance Buildings
  • EC: European Commission
  • EU: European Union
  • FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization
  • JRC: Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
  • NAS: National Academy of Science
  • NIOSH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • NMFS: National Marine Fisheries Service
  • NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • NOSB: National Organic Standards Board
  • NPS: National Park Service
  • NREL: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • NSF: National Science Foundation
  • NWF: National Wildlife Federation
  • OECD: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • UN: United Nations
  • UNCED: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
  • UN-CSD: United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
  • UNDP: United Nations Development Programme
  • UNDPCSD: United Nations Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development
  • UNECE: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • UNEP: United Nations Environment Programme
  • UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNFCCC: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • UNIDO: United Nations Industrial and Development Organization
  • USDA: United States Department of AgricultureUSFS: US Forest Service
  • USFWS: US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USGS: United States Geological Survey
  • WHO: World Health Organization
  • WSSD: World Summit on Sustainable Development (September, 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa)

Regulatory

  • AAL: Acceptable Ambient Limit
  • AAQS: Ambient Air Quality Standard
  • BACM: Best Available Control Measure
  • BACT: Best Available Control Technology
  • BAP: Biodiversity Action Plan
  • BAT: Best Available Technology
  • BMP: Best Management Practice
  • BPEO: Best practicable environmental option
  • CDM: Clean Development Mechanism
  • CER: Certified Emission Reductions involved with emissions trading in the Kyoto Protocol
  • CERCLA: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980
  • CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
  • EIS: Environmental Impact Statement
  • ESA: Endangered Species Act
  • FCAA: Federal Clean Air Act (see CAA)
  • FHSA: Federal Hazardous Substances Act
  • FIFRA: Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 USC ยงยง136 et seq)
  • FONSI: Finding of no significant impact
  • HAP: Hazardous Air Pollutant
  • HSWA: Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984
  • MACT: Maximum Achievable Control Technology
  • NEPA: National Environmental Policy Act
  • NPDES: ational Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
  • NSR: New Source Review
  • PADS: PCB Data Activity System (EPA database)
  • PLIRRA: Pollution Liability Insurance and Risk Retention Act
  • POTW: Publicly Owned Treatment Works
  • PPA: Pollution Prevention Act
  • PTC: Production Tax Credit (wind energy)
  • Ract: Reasonable achievable (available) control technology
  • RCRA: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • RPS: Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)
  • SARA: Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
  • SDWA: Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974
  • TMDL: Total Maximum Daily Load
  • TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act
  • WEEE: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • WEEL: Workplace environmental exposure limit
  • ZEV: Zero-emissions vehicle
  • ZRL: Zero risk level

Technical or Scientific

  • BOD: Biological Oxygen Demand
  • CFC: Chlorofluorocarbon - an ozone-depleting refrigerant
  • CO2: Carbon dioxide
  • CO2E: Carbon dioxide equivalent (all greenhouse gases reflective of their global warming potential)
  • CSA: Community Supported Agriculture
  • GHG: Greenhouse gas
  • GIS: Geographic Information System
  • GMO: genetically modified organism.
  • GPP: Gross Primary Productivity (total planetary production of biomass)
  • GtC: Gigatonnes of carbon
  • GWP: Global Warming Potential
  • Hg: Mercury
  • LD50: Lethal dose
  • MtC: Megatonnes of carbon
  • NOx: Nitrogen oxides
  • Pb: Lead
  • PBDE: Polybrominated diphenyl ether
  • PBT: Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic
  • PCB: Polychlorinated biphenyl
  • PFC: Perfluorocarbon
  • PM: Particulate matter
  • POP: Persistent Organic Pollutant
  • PPB: Parts per billion
  • PPM: Parts per million
  • PVC: Polyvinyl chloride
  • VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds