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Bay Area Programs

  • Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) offers Green Building Guidelines for New Home Construction, Home Remodeling, Multi-Family, as well as the Builders Guide to Reuse and Recycling, a searchable Green Building Materials Database, and the “Managing the Cost of LEED” study. ACWMA also offers funding assistance for innovative projects that promote source reduction, decrease the amount of waste disposed in Alameda County landfills, and encourage the development, marketing and use of recycled content.

  • Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on educating design professionals and the public about critical social and environmental issues, especially green building. They publish the West Coast Architectural Resource Guide and host a green building lecture series.

  • Bay Area Build It Green is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the green building marketplace in the Bay Area by bringing together all of the stakeholders to work in collaboration to provide Bay Area homeowners, homebuyers, remodelers, and builders a trusted resource for information on Green Building and its various applications. Especially noteworthy is the Materials Database which allows the visitor to search my product or by any of the GreenPoints categories in the Alameda County Green Building Guidelines for New Homes, Remodeling or Multifamily.

  • California Multifamily Housing Consortium seeks to improve delivery of energy efficiency services to the multifamily sector, in both existing and new construction multifamily dwellings. The Consortium is made up of existing multifamily organizations, cities and counties, public housing, building officials, investor owned and municipal utilities, appropriate state and federal agencies, financiers, and the university and community college systems. Consortium members work together to identify energy efficiency related market needs and barriers, provide resources, and cultivate links between the resources, knowledge, and multi-family housing providers. For more information, contact Ti Gurich at Thais@seiinc.org.

  • City of Berkeley's Green Building Initiative offers an information clearinghouse including fact sheets, directories, referrals and project consultation through the Green Resource Center

  • City of San Jose has a program for their own municipal buildings as well as educational seminars for private sector professionals

  • City and County of San Francisco offers web resources on their green municipal buildings and a walk-in EcoCenter for residents.

  • County of San Mateo RecycleWorks Green Building Program works with other interested organizations in the County to provide educational opportunities, information, and inspiration to build in an environmentally sensitive manner. The program sponsors an annual Solar Tour in October, is part of the team that offers an annual Green Building Award, and initiates a variety of cooperative projects to bring the issues of energy efficiency, integrated green building practices, and recycling to the public.

  • Energy Action Resources for Energy Efficiency in Multi-Family Housing provides a range of services for property owners and managers including a financial resource guide, contractor referrals, a peer network, tenant education, property manager training, and on-call technical support and diagnostics.

  • Green Resource Center is a green building information resource for the San Francisco Bay Area. This Bay Area non-profit educates profesionals and the public on the numerous environmental, health, and economic benefits of green building. The GRC acts as a central hub linking consumers with all aspects of the green building industry, channeling market demand into action..

  • Marin's BEST is a county program to enhance energy efficiency and conservation in residential, commercial, and community facilities.

  • Oakland's Green Building Resource Center provides access to technical resources including the Oakland Sustainable Resource Guide.

  • Pacific Energy Center (Pacific Gas and Electric) offers demonstrations, an extensive library, and a multitude of top-quality educational seminars and workshops.

  • Sonoma County Waste Management Agency Green Building pages includes case studies and links

California Programs

  • California Integrated Waste Managment Board (CIWMB) has an extensive educational program to promote green building throughout state buildings.  It has exemplary programs via the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and the Recycled-Content Product Database. They have commissioned a number of vital research studies on building material emissions and the costs and benefits of green buildings, while also setting criteria for materials recycled content and for indoor air quality thresholds.

  • Global Green USA, via the Greening Affordable Housing Initiative, is working with the designers, developers, and operators of affordable housing projects to encourage the adoption of green building strategies and materials.

  • LA Eco-Home has since 1988 offered a demonstration home, library and bookstore, workshops, newsletter, annual green home tours.

  • Santa Barbara County Innovative Building Review Committee and Program offers expedited permitting and reduced fees by building energy efficiently and additional incentives for green building.

  • Santa Monica Green Building Design and Construction Guidelines and Ordinances for municipal and commercial buildings. They have a great resource in their green design and construction guidelines.

Other Regional and Local Programs

  • Alaska Craftsman Home Program ACHP is the first program of its kind in the United States , formed in 1987 following patterns set by the Canadian R-2000 program. Its workshops, publications, and projects are designed specifically for Northern regions.

  • Austin, TX - Austin Energy's Green Building Program is the oldest program in the nation working with all building sectors. You'll find factsheets, resource guides, case studies, and other publications.

  • Boulder, Colorado - Green Points Program Participation is required for all residential construction within the city.

  • Build Green of Kansas City is an environmental building program of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Kansas City, MO.

  • Build San Antonio Green is an educational and certification program developed by the Metropolitan Partnership for Energy and co-administered by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association

  • Built Green of Clark County is an environmental building program of the Building Industry Association of Southwest Washington.

  • Built Green Colorado The country's first green building program run by a local home builders association, the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, and has also has rated more homes than any other local program.

  • Built Green of Kitsap County is an environmental building program of the Homebuilders Association of Kitsap County, WA that covers new homes, remodeling, multi-family and developments.

  • Built Green of Pierce County is an environmental building program of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County, WA, that covers new homes, remodeling, multi-family and developments.

  • Built Green of the Seattle Area is an environmental building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties , WA that covers new homes, remodeling, multi-family and developments.

  • California Green Builder Program is a voluntary certification program run by the California Building Industry Institute.

  • Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) University of Michigan , develops life cycle based models and sustainability metrics to evaluate the performance and to guide the continuous improvement of buildings, agriculture, transportation and industrial systems for meeting societal needs.

  • CertainTeed Certified Plus Homes

  • Cleveland Green Building Coalition is a member-based, nonprofit clearinghouse for information on green building activities in northern Ohio that offers numerous educational and networking opportunities including regular meetings, as well as speaker events, and training workshops for Cleveland area design professionals.

  • Cool Communities works to improve Georgia's air and water quality and to promote healthy and livable communities by advocating urban heat island mitigation using sustainable cost-effective strategies for development, construction and existing structure retro-fitting.

  • Earth Advantage® is an established program of Portland General Electric to promote green homes and commercial buildings. The program rates buildings, provides professional training classes, public education, and it maintains a large, national demonstration and training center.

  • EarthCraft HouseTM from the Southface Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association is one of the most developed green building programs in the country.

  • Energy Trust of Oregon is a nonprofit, charitable organization with the mandate to invest public-purposes funding for energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy resources in Oregon.

  • Florida Green Building Coalition has developed a Green Home Designation Standard for new and existing homes and a Green Development Designation Standard for commercial, mixed-use and residential developments.

  • Frisco, Texas Green Building Program requires that all new homes in the City be built to minimum green standards.

  • G-Rated Buildings Program is a well-developed program of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development to promote green homes and commercial buildings through training, technical assistance, tax credits, and public relations.

  • Green Building Alliance ( Pittsburgh ) is a regional clearinghouse offering consultation, educational classes, fact sheets, and case studies.

  • Green Building Information Council (GBIC), Canada, offers an extensive, web-based clearinghouse for all green building information.

  • Green CDCs Initiative (the Initiative)is a first-of-its-kind collaborative model for improving urban environmental conditions and expanding environmental constituencies through sustainable approaches to community development in Massachusetts .

  • GreenHOME's is a demonstration program to promote affordable, sustainable design, construction, and landscape practices for homes and communities throughout the Washington , DC area.

  • GreenHome NYC is a non-profit organization that promotes environmentally sustainable urban buildings, especially targeting owners of small residential and commercial buildings in New York City .

  • Green Round Table: Sustainable Architecture and Design is a Boston-based, independent non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and support healthy, efficient and sustaining development and building projects through strategic outreach, education, policy advocacy and technical assistance.

  • Hawaii Built Green is an environmental building program of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii that covers new homes.

  • King County, WA - Sustainable Building Program promotes green residential and commercial buildings through education and outreach.

  • Natural Step (US)

  • Nebraska Green Building Program is run by the Nebraska State Home Builders Association.

  • New Jersey Affordable Green (NJAG)

  • New Jersey Green Homes Office is part of the state’s Community Affairs Department and who’s mission is to fundamentally improve the environmental performance, energy efficiency, quality, and affordability of housing in New Jersey .

  • New York State Green Building Tax Incentive Initiative offers state tax credits for green building and many other sustainable initiatives.

  • North Carolina HealthyBuilt Home Program is a cooperative program implemented by North Carolina State University ’s Solar Energy Center which rates homes and educates professionals and the public.

  • Northwest Ecobuilding Guild is a committed professionals educational and referral network founded in 1993 which has grown to eight chapters around the northwest.

  • Pennsylvania Green Buildings - Governor's Green Government Council has promoted green commercial buildings for many years and published great resources such as the High Performance Green Building Guide, Model Office Leasing Specifications, Cleaning and maintenance Guidelines, as well as excellent case studies and documentary videos.

  • Portland, OR - Green Rated Homes Program

  • Portland, OR - Office of Sustainable Development has been leading the way for many years in promoting sustainability in many areas such as green building, energy, and solid waste.

  • Seattle Sustainable Building has promoted green buildings for many years and their site offers valuable resources such as the Green Facilities Guide and Specs, Green Home Remodeling guide, a Life Cycle Assessment Primer, Recycled Product Directory, and numerous LEED implementation tools.

  • Second Nature assists colleges and universities to integrate sustainability as a core component of education and practice, and to help expand their efforts to make human activity sustainable.

  • Scottsdale, Arizona, Green Building Program is a well-developed educational program and rating system for new homes.

  • Southface Energy Institute promotes sustainable homes, work places and communities in the Atlanta , Georgia , region through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. They coordinate the comprehensive EarthCraft home program, sponsor the annual GreenPoints conference, display their large demonstration building, and offer extensive professional and homeowner training classes.

  • Vermont Builds Greener is a program of Building for Social Responsibility and certifies residential buildings according to their Scorecard.  The program is overseen by a VBG Program Committee, appointed by the BSR Board of Directors, and functionally administered in Vermont through the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.

  • Western North Carolina Green Building Council is a non-profit organization promoting green homes and commercial buildings in Western North Carolina .

  • Wisconsin Green Building Alliance's (WGBA) mission is to facilitate and promote the development and use of ecologically sustainable materials and practices within Wisconsin's Built environment. WGBA provides a variety of resources, including: an annual green building conference, educational forums and site visits to green demonstration projects, a quarterly newsletter and an annual assessment survey to keep abreast of the needs of the industry.

National Programs

  • ReBuild America is an excellent DOE program that provides technical assistance in energy efficiency projects for government buildings and the public housing sector.

  • Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) was formerly the Passive Solar Industries Council.  They are a nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of sustainable design and construction by conducting workshops nationwide (and on-line) on green and low-energy design and publishing their Green Building Guidelines, High Performance School Buildings Guide, Energy-10 energy modeling software, as well as other low-energy design books.

  • U.S. DOE and U.S. EPA -- Energy Star Program provides a wealth of information related to the ENERGY STAR label and energy efficiency in appliances, heating and cooling, home electronics, lighting, office equipment, new home construction, home improvement, and business improvement.

  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a national coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBC has developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ as a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

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