Sustainable Design News and Web Sites
Non-profit working to change the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility
Working for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities.
Canada Green Building Council
LEED for Canada.
Energy & Environmental Building Association
Promotes energy efficient, environmentally responsible buildings.
Florida Green Building Coalition
Non-profit dedicated to improving the built environment.
A catalyst to transform the making of things.
International Code Council
Sets the standard for building safety.
International Living Future Institute
A non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the creation of a truly sustainable built environment in all countries around the world.
ISO 14000 Information Center
Free and accurate ISO 14000 information.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
The complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals.
Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines
Multipurpose design tool focusing on sustainable building design issues.
An online community working to develop real and lasting solutions to the pressing problems facing our planet.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Foremost coalition promoting buildings that are environmentally responsible.
Materials and Waste
Air and Waste Management Association
Non-profit, non-partisan professional organization providing training, information, and networking.
Build It Green
Central hub for information on green building in California.
Canadian Wood Council
National association of manufacturers of wood products used in construction.
Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)
Voluntary initiative of the carpet industry and government focusing on developing carpet reclamation and recycling methods.
Carpet and Rug Institute
National trade association representing the carpet and rug industry.
Center for Resourceful Building Technology
Promotes environmentally responsible practices in construction.
Construction Specifications Institute
Association of non-residential building design and construction industry professionals.
Earth 911 – basic recycling information
Public/private sector partnership to achieve environmental protection.
EPA Purchasing Guidelines for Recycled-Content Products
Comprehensive procurement guidelines and listing of designated products.
Tests and certifies hard surface flooring and flooring adhesive products for compliance with rigorous indoor air quality emissions requirements
Forest Certification Resource Center
Comprehensive resource on forest management and product certification.
Forest Stewardship Council
Coordinates the development of forest management standards
Green Projects Specifications - California Integrated Waste Management Board
CSI MasterFormat™ explained and identifies areas to incorporate environmental specifications into a project.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Canadian-based initiative to develop markets for green roof products and services in North America.
Encourages purchase, production of environmentally responsible products and services.
Online source for green and sustainable building materials and furnishings.
Product directory and guideline specifications.
Hardwood Information Center
Facts, tips and useful advice about U.S. hardwoods and hardwood products.
Healthy Building Network
National network of green building professionals promoting healthier building materials.
PVC Alternatives Database
Promotes easily available alternatives for most uses of PVC in construction.
Scientific Certification Systems
Independent, third-party certification of environmental safety achievements.
Tips and information from the Alameda County Waste Management Authority
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Leading source of technical, educational information, standards and guidelines.
American Solar Energy Society
Advances the use of solar energy to benefit people and the environment.
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
U.S. based trade association of the home appliance manufacturing industry.
Raises awareness and demand for energy efficiency in buildings.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Information from U.S. Department of Energy on renewable energy and efficiency.
Northwest-based resource on implementing energy technologies and practices.
Government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Florida Solar Energy Center
A research institute of the University of Central Florida.
Home Energy Saver
Find the best ways to save energy in your home.
International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
UN-accredited NGO present in more than 50 countries.
Solar Energy Industries Association
Information on contractors, incentives for buying solar and policy initiatives.
Solar Energy International
Provides education and technical assistance through onsite workshops and online courses.
Indoor Environmental Quality
American Council for Accredited Certification
Non-profit association of IAQ managers, technicians, investigators, consultants and professionals.
American Lung Association – Indoor Air Quality
A wealth of information on pollutants, cleaning devices for home, school and workplace.
EPA - Indoor Air Quality
News, tools, information and links on all aspects of IAQ.
Greenguard Environmental Institute
Certifies low emitting interior products.
Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)
Promotes the exchange of indoor environmental information, through education and research,
Indoor Environmental Quality – (CDC/NIOSH)
Resources, documents and topics on workplace IAQ.
International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Advances the science and technology of indoor air quality and climate.
South Coast (AQMD) Air Quality Management District
The air pollution control agency for California's South Coast.
Specializations (Homes, Healthcare, Schools)
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
For school districts looking to make their existing buildings more efficient.
One of oldest and largest green home building programs in the nation.
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
Helps design resource efficient, healthy, comfortable, well lit schools.
EarthCraft House (Atlanta)
A blueprint for healthy, comfortable, affordable homes that cut energy and water bills and protect the environment.
Green Affordable Housing Coalition (San Francisco)
Public- and private-sector professionals incorporating green building practices into the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of affordable housing.
Green Building Guidelines
Alameda County (CA) specs for both new home construction and home remodeling.
Green Building Program – City of Austin
Rates new and remodeled homes using sustainable guidelines.
Green Home Environmental Store
Information on all you need to green your home and your life.
Health Care Without Harm
Makes the health care industry ecologically sustainable worldwide.
Healthy Housing (Canada)
A Canadian initiative to create homes that are healthy for the inhabitants, the community and the environment.
House Design articles (Home Plans Info News)
Articles on specific issues – carpet, paint, mildew – regarding house design.
Sustainable Building Goals for Schools checklist – Austin Independent School District
Comprehensive document brings together several sustainability initiatives.
Sustainable Design for Schools
Detailed report focusing on the practical application of sustainable design principles.
Sustainable Furniture Council
Promotes sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike with a public tagging program to identify good choices.
Center for Green Schools
Creating healthy environments that are conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.
American Hotel & Lodging Association
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has established initiatives as well as tips and strategies to help hotel properties ranging from small, limited-service properties to deluxe accommodations find innovative means to make going Green work for their bottom line.
Catalog Choice is a free service that lets you decline paper catalogs that you no longer wish to receive to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail in your mailbox.
Conservation International (CI) works with partners around the world to conserve tropical forests, seascapes, and other ecosystems that are essential to the resiliency of our planet and the well-being of its people, particularly the 1.2 billion living in poverty.
Daily Hotel Industry News
Daily Hotel Industry News provides daily news updates for the Hospitality Industry.
Earth 911 delivers actionable local information on recycling and product stewardship that empowers consumers to act locally, live responsibly and contribute to sustainability.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council was created to change the dialogue about and the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide. FSC standards for forest management have now been applied in over 57 countries around the world.
Global Stewards Environmental Tips for Greening Hotels
Global Stewards provides environmental practices and information about exciting sustainable solutions that are speeding the shift toward a sustainable way of life in the hospitality industry.
Green Guard Institute
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program. Greenguard certified products can be found in the GREENGUARD Online Product Guide.
Green Hotel Association
Green" Hotels Association's® purpose is to bring together hotels interested in environmental issues. From adding "Drinking water served on request only" to the menu to installing new HVAC systems, and with every measure in between, "Green" Hotels Association® encourages, promotes and supports the "greening" of the lodging industry.
Green Hotel Initiative
The Green Hotel Initiative (GHI) is a Ceres program designed to increase and demonstrate market demand for environmentally responsible hotel services.
Green Lodging News
Green Lodging News is the lodging industry's leading environmental news source offering not only news but a green product directory for the hospitality industry.
Green Meetings Industry Council
The Green Meeting Industry Council is leading the meeting industry in improving meeting management by supporting collaboration and the development and dissemination of resources and opportunities that improve the environmental performance of meetings and events.
Hospitality Design Magazine
Hospitality Design is the hospitality industry's leading publication for the interior design and architecture, featuring environmental news as well as environmental design highlights.
Hotel Business is a leading web-portal for hospitality news with breaking news, full-length web stories and more self-refreshed every 5 minutes.
Hotel Interactive provides daily news updates for the hospitality industry including environmental news within the industry.
Hotel Resource provides daily news updates for the hospitality industry including environmental news within the industry.
International Business Leaders Forum
IBLF is part of The Prince's Charities: a group of not-for-profit organizations of which The Prince of Wales is President. The International Business Leaders Forum works with business, governments and civil society to enhance the contribution that companies can make to sustainable development. Among other publications, the IBLF has published Going Green: Minimum standards towards a sustainable hotel operation.
The International Ecotourism Society
Uniting communities, conservation and sustainable travel, TIES promotes responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.
The Green Meetings page is where you will find resources related to environmentally conscious meeting planning and trends.
NEWH Sustainable Hospitality
NEWH Sustainable Hospitality is dedicated to leading the hospitality industry to Promote sustainable practices that achieve a balance between environment, economics and social equity. Several initiatives have been identified, the first being a resource directory for the hospitality industry, which has been implemented.
A distribution and marketing company focusing on products and services for the hospitality industry that deliver higher levels of guest satisfaction, increased profitability, while balancing environmental and social responsibility.
SustainableBusiness.com provides global news and networking services to help green business grow, covering all sectors: renewable energy, green building, sustainable investing, and organics.
Sustainable Tourism Criteria
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership) is a coalition of 31 organizations working together to foster increased understanding of sustainable tourism practices and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles.
Articles, green specifications and case studies.
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Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)
UK's leading index of best practice in environmental design and management.
Practical steps on social change for individuals and businesses, including the Green Pages.
A network to thousands of environmental online resources.
Environmental Building Design and Construction Portal
Resources for the global environmental design and green building construction community since 1999.
Green Architecture & Sustainable Living
A listing of sites put up by the U. Missouri-Columbia.
Healthy Building Network
A national network of professionals promoting healthier building materials.
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
An essential resource for pollution prevention.
Natural Resource Defense Council
One of the nation's most effective environmental action groups.
Sustainable Building Sourcebook
Practical information on building environmentally friendly homes.
Thoreau Center for Sustainability
Incorporates sustainable building principles and historic preservation.
Global Initiatives and Social Responsibility
Goodweave by Rugmark
GoodWeave works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia.
The Rainforest Alliance works with the tourism industry, among others, to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Healthy Child Healthy World
Igniting a movement that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals
Global Organic Textile Standards
Providing experties and stardards for organic farming and environmentally and socially responsible textile processing
Confidence in textiles
News and Publications
GreenClips - Sustainable Building Designs News Digest
Quarterly pub from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
The E Magazine
Ultimate Home Design Magazine
Research & Education
Centre for Sustainable Design (UK)
Research on eco-design and sustainability in product and service development.
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Sets standards for education and accrediting academic programs.
Green Design/Sustainable Architecture Bibliography
A detailed listing, by subject, by U. California, Berkeley.
Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design
By the National Park Service.
Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC)
Advances education and research in interior design.
National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
Helps the public by identifying competent interior designers.
Second Nature – Education for Sustainability
Promotes sustainability as a core component of design education and practice.
Sustainable Design Education survey (Metropolis magazine - 2003)
How green is interior design higher education?
Business for Social Responsibility
Makes corporate social responsibility an integral part of business operations and strategies.
CERES: Investors and Environmentalists for Sustainable Prosperity
Leading coalition of environmental, investor and advocacy groups.
International consultancy specializing in business strategy and sustainable development.
Helps green businesses grow.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
A coalition of international companies sharing a commitment to sustainable development.
Building Technologies Program - Department of Energy (DOE)
Energy solutions for home, office, retail, school, health care, lodging and government.
Complex-Wide Sustainable Design Program – DOE
Helps incorporate pollution prevention and sustainable building design principles into DOE facilities projects.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) – DOE
Gateway to DOE programs on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The lead government agency to protect human health and the environment.
Governor's Green Government Council
Pennsylvania's official environmental sustainability initiative.
Marin County Energuy Watch Program
Provides resources and incentive funds to help residents, businesses and public agencies become more energy efficient.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory – DOE
A leader in DOE's effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Provides international leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment.
WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices