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Building chartNote: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information, and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.

  • The Energy Information Administration provides a range of information and data products covering energy production, stocks, demand, imports, exports and prices. EIA has four program offices and receives funding for its activities with an annual appropriation from Congress.
  • The Energy Systems Laboratory is a division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and a member of the Texas A&M University System. 

The lab focuses on energy-related research, energy efficiency and emissions reduction, and has a total annual income for external research and testing exceeding $4.5 million.
  • The Association of Energy Engineers has, since 1981, certified more than 15,000 professionals in specialized “green” areas. AEE's certification programs are recognized by such government agencies as the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by Fortune 1000 corporations, utilities and energy service companies.
  • ENERGY STAR, created as a U.S. government program in 1992, sets international standard for energy-efficient consumer products. Devices carrying the Energy Star logo, such as computer products, kitchen appliances, buildings and other products, can save up to 30 percent energy use.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency regulates environmental issues in the U.S. that include agriculture, air quality, chemicals, construction, drinking water, food quality, healthcare, manufacturing, toxic substances and more. Its Green Building page  offers information on green building components.
  • Green Building.com offers fast facts on water usage, indoor air quality, pesticides and more.
  • Green for All is a non-governmental organization working to create millions of job opportunities in green industry. Its central goals include training young community leaders as spokespersons for the clean-energy economy; developing business tools for small green enterprises; and advocating for green job training for poor communities.


  • The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for homes, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. The LEED for Homes program is a voluntary initiative encouraging the mainstream homebuilding industry in more sustainable practices.
  • The National Renewable Energy Lab is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy research and development. Its areas of expertise are renewable electricity and fuels; integrated energy system engineering and testing; and strategic energy analysis.
  • The Texas Home Energy Raters Organization (TXHERO) is a statewide not-for-profit professional organization that promotes energy conservation initiatives to homeowners, homebuilders and businesses.
  • The Texas Renewable Energy Education Consortium is a group of Texas colleges that develop and teach programs in emerging energy technologies. TREEC is primarily sponsored by the State Energy Conservation Office, which partners with Texas consumers, businesses, educators and local governments to maximize energy efficiency.
  • The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit community of leaders that offers green building certification, courses, workshops and an e-newsletter.