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- Green Building Resources
- Green Power Resources
- Renewable Technology Resources
- Energy Savings Performance Contracts Resources
- Water Conservation and Stormwater Management Resources
- Additional EPA Resources
- Other Government Resources
- Non-Government Resources
Green Building Resources
- Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) FEMP provides services, tools, and expertise to federal agencies for implementing sustainable design practices within federal buildings and communities.
- DOE Building Technologies Program DOE leads networks of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy saving solutions and better products for residential and commercial buildings.
- ENERGY STAR® ENERGY STAR provides businesses and organizations with tools and resources to reduce energy consumption and provides a method for benchmarking facilities nationwide.
- Environmental Building News A monthly newsletter on environmentally responsible design and construction, featuring comprehensive, practical information on a wide range of topics related to sustainable building—from renewable energy and recycled-content materials to land-use planning and indoor air quality.
- Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) GBCI is a third-party organization that provides independent oversight of professional credentialing and administers the LEED certification program.
- Green Building Initiative The Green Building Initiative is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier, and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction. GBI oversees and administers Green Globes®, a green management tool that includes an assessment protocol, a rating system, and a guide for integrating environmentally friendly design into both new and existing commercial buildings.
- Green Buildings EPA's Green Building website is a “portal” site designed to give users one convenient gateway from which to access numerous EPA programs and topics related to environmentally friendly building.
- Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21®) Labs21 is a voluntary partnership program dedicated to improving the environmental performance of U.S. laboratories.
- National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization focused on identifying and resolving the problems and potential problems hampering the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce, and industry throughout the United States.
- Office of Federal High-Performance Green BuildingsThe Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings' mission is to catalyze and facilitate the federal government to operate more efficiently and effectively.
- Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) EPA's OSC helps communities become stronger, healthier, and more sustainable through smarter growth and green building.
- Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) SBIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the design, affordability, energy performance, and environmental soundness of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings nationwide.
- U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Services - Sustainable Design GSA is committed to incorporating sustainable principles into the design, construction, and renovation of its buildings. The site outlines the basic principles for sustainable development and explains that sustainable development will become an integral part of every business.
- Whole Building Design Guide The Whole Building Design Guide is a complete Internet resource offered by NIBC to a wide range of building-related design guidance, criteria, and technology for all federal and private-sector building criteria.
Green Power Resources
- Green-e Green-e is a renewable electricity certification program within the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) that sets consumer protection and environmental standards for electricity products, and verifies that Green-e certified products meet these standards. Electricity products that meet the Green-e Standard for environmental excellence are denoted by the Green-e logo.
- Green Power Partnership EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program designed to reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation by promoting renewable energy.
- Green Power Network The Green Power Network offers news and information resource on green power markets and utility green pricing.
- Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) IREC works to accelerate the sustainable utilization of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government activities.
- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) EERE develops and deploys efficient and clean energy technologies that meet the nation's energy needs and enhance the environment.
Renewable Technology Resources
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE™) DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, federal, local, and utility incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network DOE's EERE website includes information on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory This DOE laboratory performs research on energy efficiency.
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
Energy Savings Performance Contracts Resources
- FEMP DOE's FEMP provides information on financing alternatives for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects.
Water Conservation and Stormwater Management Resources
- EPA's Low Impact Development (LID) page This page includes resources on stormwater control strategy.
- EPA's Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories This page features projects receiving grant funds from the Section 319 program that have achieved documented water quality improvements.
- Low Impact Development Center Find information on design techniques that replicate preexisting hydrologic site conditions on this non-profit site.
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program This page contains technical and regulatory information about the NPDES stormwater program.
- Stormwater Management at the EPA Headquarters Office Complex Learn about EPA's Federal Triangle Headquarters stormwater management project on this site.
- Technical Guidance on Implementing the Stormwater Runoff Requirements for Federal Projects under Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (PDF) (63 pp, 2.5MB) In December 2009, EPA, in coordination with other federal agencies as appropriate, issued guidance on the implementation of Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), as required by Executive Order (EO) 13514.
- WaterSense® WaterSense, from EPA's Office of Water, provides information and tips to help homeowners, government officials, and industry professionals achieve greater water efficiency.
Additional EPA Resources
- Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) Through the CPG program, EPA designates recycled-content products for federal agencies to purchase and recommends recycled-content levels for those products. This site contains detailed product descriptions and purchasing specifications.
- Construction and Demolition (C&D) Materials EPA's website provides information and links to extensive resources and organizations covering the characterization, reduction, reuse, recycling, and management of C&D materials.
- Conservation and Renewable Energy Reserve Learn about the economic and regulatory benefits of energy conservation and renewable energy projects.
- ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR is a voluntary partnership between DOE, EPA, product manufacturers, local utilities, and retailers. Partners help promote energy-efficient products and facilities by labeling them with the ENERGY STAR and educating consumers about their unique benefits.
- Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) This program encourages federal agencies to purchase environmentally preferable products and services. The site explains EPA's guiding principles for including environmental performance in purchasing decision-making and posts case studies of successful pilot projects in the public and private sectors.
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) This EPA site explains what IAQ is, provides links to related publications, and provides specific information on how to meet IAQ goals.
- Natural Gas STAR Program This flexible, voluntary partnership between EPA and the oil and natural gas industry attempts to identify and promote the implementation of cost-effective technologies and practices to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
- Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) Working in partnership with EPA regional offices, state governments, tribal governments, and other federal agencies, this office ensures compliance with the nation's environmental laws.
- Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) - Pollution Prevention (P2) This website provides general information about P2 activities and practices. The site's home page includes links to EPA Pollution Prevention websites. Resources provide contacts for further information at the national and regional levels.
- P2 Toolbox These tools can help teachers integrate the concepts of waste reduction and energy conservation into the classroom.
- Residential Energy Efficiency This page offers policy options for state and local governments to reduce energy consumption in their jurisdictions and save homeowners money with residential energy efficiency policies and programs.
- WasteWise Program WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program helping organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise members receive free technical assistance to help develop, implement, and measure waste reduction activities.
Other Government Resources
- Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) CEQ coordinates federal environmental efforts and works closely with federal agencies and White House offices to develop environmental policies and initiatives.
- GovEnergy At the annual GovEnergy conferences, federal, state, local, and private sector energy managers, energy service companies, utilities, procurement officials, engineers, and other energy professionals meet to discuss leading energy industry issues. GovEnergy also provides effective training to the federal energy management community.
- GreenGov Symposium The GreenGov Symposium brings together leaders from government, the private sector, non-profits, and academia to identify opportunities to create jobs, grow clean energy industries, and curb pollution by greening the Federal Government.
- Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE) The Federal Environmental Executive is appointed by the President to provide clear national direction for federal agencies and to track the government's progress in waste prevention, recycling, the affirmative procurement of guideline items and the acquisition of recycled and environmentally preferable products and services.
- Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) Ending in 2008, PATH was a voluntary initiative that seeks to accelerate the creation and widespread use of advanced technologies to radically improve the performance of our nation's housing. The PATH website is no longer maintained, but catalogs resources on advanced building technologies and practices.
- Smart Communities Network Originally funded by DOE, this project aimed to help communities understand the concept of sustainable development. The website is no longer maintained, but still includes articles, slide shows, links to other sources of information, recommended books and videos, and educational materials and programs.
- Green Seal Green Seal is an independent, nonprofit organization promoting the manufacture and sale of environmentally responsible consumer products. It sets environmental standards and awards a “Green Seal of Approval” to products that are less harmful to the environment than other similar products.