Best Management Practices, or BMPs, can help improve energy efficiency. Developed by experienced practitioners or management and research
organizations, they are based upon the best available science.
The following are a selection of BMPs culled from various national, regional, state and local sources. Each is available for download as a pdf.
A practical guide to ways agricultural producers can profit from the growing environmental marketplace from American Farmland Trust
, 2010. An in-depth 55-page handbook that introduces and surveys the types of environmental markets, how to get involved including evaluating financial returns and assessing risks, and what farmers and ranchers can do to encourage these markets. Read More »
This 30-page document developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with numerous state and federal agencies, provides a comprehensive overview of recommended voluntary practices for energy companies during exploration, drilling and reclamation activities. The BMPs help ensure that such activities are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner and address the following issues: migratory, threatened and endangered species; wetlands; geophysical and construction activities; vehicle maintenance and chemical handling; gas condensate, well servicing and solid wastes; chemical controls; transmission lines; storm water; reclamation and abandonment; and good house keeping practices for publicly-owned properties. Read More »
This 2011 document from EPA provides an extensive listing of service providers who can assist farm operations in turning waste into energy. EPA’s AgSTAR Program produces this Industry Directory to assist livestock producers and others involved in developing anaerobic digestion systems to identify consultants, designers, developers, equipment vendors, and other providers of biogas energy services. Read More »
A 293 page guide to the Legal Issues in Farming the Wind on your farm from June 2007 Read More »
U.S. Farm Anaerobic Digestion Systems: A 2011 Snapshot
This EPA factsheet gives information on trends in use of these manure management systems in the U.S.
Improved performance at competitive costs is promised by this 2002 EPA publication all about anaerobic digestion and biogas recovery for energy. Read More »
This fact sheet explains how to build bins from concrete blocks or wood, and how to add waste and maintain the compost. Read More »
How to make and use a garbage can composter. Read More »
This factsheet differentiates composting from biodrying, with the former leading to good soil amendments and the latter leading to good material for bioenergy production. It explains the basics of biodrying equipment and methods. Read More »
This factsheet explains the compost process, what can be composted, its benefits, and the major different methods of composting. Read More »
BMPs oriented more specifically toward forest resources, water resources, invasive & native species, farms & agriculture and wildlife habitat are also available on this site.