Green Resources:

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Green Programs & Organizations

Web Addresses

Green Programs and Organizations

www.greenadvantage.org

Green Advantage Home Page

www.sjrwmd.com/floridawaterstar/index.html

Florida Water Star Program

www.usgbc.org

The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

www.usgbcsf.org

The U.S. Green Building Council South Florida Chapter is a membership organization with an important mission: to make green building the standard throughout South Florida.

www.floridagreenbuilding.org

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation dedicated to improving the build environment. Our mission is "to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education and certification programs."

www.ecw.org/university/

The Energy Center University. Powered by the Energy Center of Wisconsin, Energy Center University offers live event and online continuing education programs to more than 4,000 commercial, industrial and residential building professionals every year.

www.iaqcouncil.org

The American Indoor Air Quality Council promotes awareness, education and certification in the field of indoor air quality

www.aia.org

The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society

www.resnet.us

Residential Energy Services NETwork (RESNET) is a national standards making body for building energy efficiency rating systems.

www.iicrc.org

The Institute of Inspecting Cleaning and Restoration Certification was formed to serve as an independent, non-profit certification body, to set and promote high standards and ethics; and to advance communication and technical proficiency


Climate & Energy Project
http://www.climateandenergy.org/WhoWeAre/AboutUs/Index.htm

Building Green.com
http://www.buildinggreen.com/

Congress for New Urbanism
http://www.cnu.org/

Ecosustainablehub
http://www.ecosustainable.com.au/links.htm

Ecotecture
http://www.ecotecture.com

Energy Star
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index

Florida Energy Office
http://myfloridaclimate.com/climate_quick_links/florida_energy_climate_commission

Florida Green Building Coalition
http://floridagreenbuilding.org/

Green Builder
http://www.greenbuilder.com/

Green Guide
http://www.greenguide.com/

GreenSeal.com
http://www.greenseal.org/

Healthy Building Network
http://www.healthybuilding.net/

City of Miami-Miami Climate Action Plan
http://www.miamigov.com/msi/pages/Climate%20Action/Default.asp

Miami -Dade County-Green Print
http://www.miamidade.gov/greenprint/home.asp

Miami -Dade County-Rebates & Incentives for Living Green
http://green.miamidade.gov/savegreen.htm

Miami -Dade County Water Conservation
http://www.miamidade.gov/conservation/

Scientific Certification Center
http://www.scscertified.com/

University of Florida-Living Green
http://livinggreen.ifas.ufl.edu/energy

US Department of Energy-Building Technology Program
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/

US Environmental Protection Agency-Design for the Environment
http://www.epa.gov/dfe/

Whole Building Design Code
http://www.wbdg.org/

Wood/Forest Stewardship Links
http://www.fsc.org/

Forest World
http://www.forestworld.com
Florida-Friendly Landscaping Resources

The University of Florida's Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Program provides science-based education to the public on how to create a Florida-friendly landscaping. The Southwest Florida Water Management District partners with the university to provide the education outreach by supporting FYN programs through county Extension offices in 11 of its 16 counties.

http://www.floridayards.org/

http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/

http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/FFL/index.html

FYN Blog:
http://greenyardsmiami.blogspot.com/

http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/Nine_principles/player.html

http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/Plant_list/player.html

Interactive Low-Maintenance Plant List:
http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/old/programs/fyn/publications/dtpl.htm

http://pinellas.ifas.ufl.edu/FFL/video_ffl_principleSeries.shtml
Professional Associations
Sustainable Reading & Resources

"Home Improvement 1-2-3," Home Depot, Chapter 4: Doors and Windows, pages 204-253.

"Efficient Windows Collaborative," Energy Star Windows: with color maps and minimal copy, explains the four standards considered in the Energy Star rating for windows: U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, visible transmittance, and air leakage
http://www.efficientwindows.org/energystar.cfm

Lowe's Home Improvement Store Online How-to Library
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=topicSelect&topic=buyGuide

"Weatherstripping Windows and Doors," Lowe's Home Improvement Store Online How-to Library http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=Improve/Weatherstripping.html

"How to Add Weatherstripping to Windows and Doors," Bob Vila
http://www.bobvila.com/HowTo_Library/How_to_Add_Weatherstripping
_to_Doors_and_Windows_for_Energy_Savings-Weatherizing-S2692.html


"Home Repair 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Becoming a Do-It-Yourselfer," WGN TV-Chicago, Special to the Chicago Tribune, 2009
http://www.wgntv.com/lifestyle/do-it-yourself/chi-010406guidelines,0,5449000.htmlstory

"Home Electronics," Energy Star
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductCategory&pcw_code=HEF

"Enhancing the Value of Single-Family Housing Projects with Energy Star Qualified Projects"
http://www.epa.gov/RDEE/documents/arra_singlefamily.pdf

"The Basics of TV Power," CNET Energy Efficiency Guide
http://reviews.cnet.com/green-tech/tv-power-efficiency/?tag=rtcol%3brelnews

"Energy Star Tightens Standards on TV Power Use," CNET News, October 10, 2008
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10063188-1.html?tag=rtcol;relnews

Cut Your Energy Bills Now by Bruce Harley

United Kingdom Kitchen Appliance Operating Costs
http://www.which.co.uk/advice/how-to-use-less-electricity/energy-efficient-appliances/index.jsp

"Consumer Guide to Home energy Savings: Cooking," American Council for an Energy efficient Economy
http://www.aceee.org/consumerguide/cooking.htm

"Washing without Water," The Economist, September 9, 2009
http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displayStory.cfm?story_id=14299614&subjectID=348924&fsrc=nwl

Energy Check-up," research on energy improvements that improve home re-sale value
http://www.energycheckup.com/Content/IncreaseHomeValue.asp

"Frequently asked Questions about Energy Efficient Mortgages," Residential Energy Services Network
http://www.natresnet.org/ratings/overview/faq_mortgage.htm

"Refinancing and Energy-Efficient Mortgages," Alliance to Save Energy
http://ase.org/section/_audience/consumers/refinanceremodel/refinancing/

"Energy Savings Steps This Year May Result in Tax Savings Next Year: Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," Internal Revenue Service
http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206869,00.html

Homeowners Tax Credits
http://activerain.com/blogsview/1225368/homeowners-tax-credit

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
http://www.dsireusa.org/

Environmental Yellow Pages: Home Inspection Services
http://www.enviroyellowpages.com/listings/USA/WA/Home_Inspection_Services/

U.S. Federal Tex Credits for Energy Efficiency, EnergyStar
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index#s1

"The Green Home Guide," The U.S. Green Building Council
http://www.greenhomeguide.org/

LEED for Homes Certification (video), U.S. Green Building Council, describes key players in the LEED for Homes Green Certification Process and takes the viewer through the process, step-by-step.
http://www.greenhomeguide.org/resources/leed_for_homes_certification_process_video.html

LEED for Homes Rating System
http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=3638

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise Program
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/wastewise/index.htm

"Federal Solar Energy Incentives: frequently Asked Questions," Solar Energy Industries Assn.
http://seia.org/galleries/pdf/SEIATaxManual_v3-0_FAQ.pdf

"Business Energy Investment Tax Credit," Federal Incentives/Policies for Renewables/Efficiency, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=US02F

Green Building Education & Training
http://www.green-buildings.com

CRADLE TO CRADLE: REMAKING THE WAY WE MAKE THINGS William McDonough & Michael Braungart North Point Press
NATURAL CAPITALISM: CREATING THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, Hunter Lovins Little, Brown & Co
DESIGN WITH NATURE Ian McHarg Doubleday Natural History Press
BIOMIMICRY: INNOVATION INSPIRED BY NATURE
Janine Benyus
Perenial

PASSIVE SOLAR ENERGY BOOK
Edward Mazria
Rodale Press

SUN, WIND & LIGHT
G.Z. Brown & Mark DeKay
John Wiley & Sons

SITE PLANNING
Kevin Lynch & Gary Hack
MIT Press

THE PRODIGIOUS BUILDERS
Bernard Rudofsky
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

HOW BUILDINGS LEARN
Stewart Brand
Penguin Books

HOK GUIDEBOOK TO SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Mendler, Odell, Lazarus
Wiley

ReThink + ReUse Center

ReThink + ReUse Center
www.rethinkandreusemiami.org

The ReThink and ReUse Center is an educational and environmental non-profit. Our reusable resource center provides children, families, educators and non-profit organizations clean reusable discarded materials to encourage learning through play. Interactive educational workshops are available for adults to learn how and why the play process with open ended materials helps foster children's changes to improve creative thinking and problem solving for positive impact on school success skills, and to establish ecological responsibility contributing to their future well being. Workshops are led by the Early Childhood Resource Specialists in English and Spanish.

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