Green resources | Here is some help to get you started
Interest in living green has grown tremendously in recent years, along with places to turn for information. Here is a sampling of resources...
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Interest in living green has grown tremendously in recent years, along with places to turn for information. Here is a sampling of resources. Most of the Web sites have links to other resources, as do many of the individual stories in this special section.
American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment
The committee advocates practices that improve design and environmental performance of buildings.
A nonprofit program developed by the Master Builders Association of Snohomish and King Counties in partnership with those counties. One of its main functions is to certify residential and commercial products based on a set of environmentally friendly guidelines.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Gateway to federal information on green building and sustainable development.
Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
An association of builders, designers, homeowners, tradespeople, manufacturers and suppliers that offers Green Pages for finding sustainable building contractors, suppliers and other green building providers.
City of Seattle
City of Seattle's site with information about green building programs, incentives and assistance.
A local project that helps people to build "in a more environmentally friendly way."
Southface Energy Institute
This Atlanta-based organization promotes ways to save energy, conserve water and preserve the environment through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.
U.S. Green Building Council
A national nonprofit group in the building industry that oversees the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green-building rating system.
American Solar Energy
This nonprofit provides information on getting started with solar energy and how to make homes more energy efficient.
Puget Sound Energy
Puget Sound Energy offers customers tools to analyze and trim utility bills at "For your home."
City of Seattle
Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities customers can get a free detailed report called the Home Resource Profile that dissects utility bills and explains how to save money and shrink carbon footprint.
American Society of Landscape Architects
Under "residential information," the site offers tips on creating a green landscape for homes, as well as a "firm finder" to locate architects in your area.
A landscape company serving the Puget Sound region that provides design, installation and care of landscapes "that are healthy for people, pets and the environment."
Energy Star seal of approval for popular appliances that use 10 to 50 percent less energy or water than the federal standard.
Forest Stewardship Council
Certifies wood and wood products and promotes responsible forest management. Its certification ensures wood is harvested sustainably and then tracks the wood through manufacturing to the store. Considered the leading standard for responsible forestry management.
Nonprofit group independently tests household products to meet its environmental standards.
Publishers of Environmental Building News, a monthly newsletter on environmentally-responsible design and construction.
Led by a team of architects, owners, engineers and consultants, this magazine examines sustainable design across the nation.
Ultimate Home Design
Consumer and trade magazine's goal is to serve as a "design and build resource for environmentally enhanced" living.
The GreenTools site of King County's Solid Waste Division includes certification programs, construction and demolition recycling and reuse, deconstruction techniques and incentives.
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