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- Building Science
a free online resource owned and operated by Building Science Corporation (BSC), an architecture and building science consultancy based in Somerville, MA and Waterloo, Ontario. BSC takes a leadership role in promoting the design and construction of buildings that are healthier, less energy-consuming, and more durable and economical.
United States Green Building Council – committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
- LEED for Homes (new website!)
promotes the design and construction of high-performance homes – energy efficient, resource efficient, and healthy for occupants.
- Austin Energy Green Building
The City of Austin created the nation’s first green building program in 1990. Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) is now the nation’s most successful sustainable building program.
- Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life
What impact does contact with the natural world have on us? This film trailer hints at the benefits we can derive in our workplaces, hospitals and in our cities and suburbs through biophilic design. “…beauty is our word for the perfection of those qualities of environment that have contributed the most to human survival.”
- Will the suburb become our next slum? This story in The Atlantic is nearly five years old, but still very current today.
The story of vacant suburban homes and declining suburban neighborhoods did not begin with the [subprime-mortgage] crisis, and will not end with it. A structural change is under way in the housing market—a major shift in the way many Americans want to live and work. It has shaped the current downturn, steering some of the worst problems away from the cities and toward the suburban fringes. And its effects will be felt more strongly, and more broadly, as the years pass. Its ultimate impact on the suburbs, and the cities, will be profound.
- The Story of Stuff
Annie Leonard discusses important issues in a delightful way. The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.
- Deep Economy
by Bill McKibben is one of the most important books you can read. Once you’ve watched Annie Leonard’s important wake-up call about stuff, you can go deep to learn a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. This is a compelling and inspiring book. Read it!
- Pachamama Alliance
The Pachamama Alliance, empowered by their partnership with the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest, is dedicated to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.
- Happiness, Revealed
Enjoy this meditation on being grateful for every day. Feel connected to a universe that celebrates life! At TEDx San Francisco, award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg shares his appreciation of life in film. “Today: The one day that is given to you. The only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”
Energy Star Rated Products
(Be aware that an Energy Star rated home does not make it a green home. It takes a lot more than just saving energy to make a green home.)
- Bioneers: REVOLution from the Heart of Nature
Who are Bioneers? Bioneers are social and scientific innovations who are mimicking nature’s operating instructions to serve human ends. Bioneers.org is a national non-profit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and the planet.
Bioneers.org has two goals:1. Connect people with solutions by popularizing breakthrough ideas and practices.
2. Grow social capital by catalyzing, connecting and strengthening strategic networks, and community-based alliances.