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Links to Additional Information About Green Building

 
Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.
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  • The American Society of Safety Engineers, founded in 1911, has more than 32,000 members who manage, supervise and consult on safety, health and environmental issues in industry, insurance, government and education.

  • The Daily Green, “the consumer’s guide to the green revolution,” has news, tips and advice, new green cuisine and a weird weather watch in a chatty and informative e-newsletter format that provides a template for green living.

  • Energy Star, first created as a U.S. government program in 1992, sets international standards for energy-efficient consumer products. Devices carrying the Energy Star logo, such as computers, kitchen appliances, buildings and other products, can save up to 30 percent energy use.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates environmental issues in the U.S. that include agriculture, air quality, chemicals, construction, drinking water, food quality, health care, manufacturing, toxic substances and more. Its Green Building page offers information on green building components, building types, funding opportunities and general FAQs.

  • Green Building.com offers fast facts on water usage, indoor air quality, pesticides and more.

  • Health House offers information on building and maintaining a healthier, more energy-efficient home.

  • The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for homes, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. The LEED for Homes program is a voluntary initiative promoting the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry towards more sustainable practices.

  • The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was founded in 1995 by the National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Rated Homes of America to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy-efficient mortgages.

  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization promoting engineering opportunities for women through training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, and outreach and advocacy activities.

  • The Texas Home Energy Raters Organization (TXHERO) is a statewide not-for-profit professional organization that promotes the benefits of energy conservation initiatives and monetary incentives to homeowners, homebuilders and businesses.

  • The U.S. Department of Energy promotes scientific and technological innovation with strategic themes of energy and nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation and environmental responsibility.

  • The U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program is a private-public partnership that develops energy solutions for new and existing homes, combining the knowledge and resources of industry leaders with the U.S. Department of Energy's technical capabilities.

  • The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit community of leaders and offers green building certification, courses, workshops and an e-newsletter. Its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for homes promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. The LEED for Homes program is a voluntary initiative promoting the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices.