Government Agencies

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Federal 
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

e-mail
1 (888) 42-ATSDR

List of top hazardous substances. Complete toxicological profiles in PDF format for 250+ substances.
Clean Cities Coalition DOE-sponsored program promoting the use of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure in order to achieve energy security and environmental quality. Links to regional coalition contacts.
Construction Waste Management Database This U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) program "promotes the responsible disposal of [construction] waste, including concrete, asphalt, masonry, wood, and other materials, much of which can be recycled or processed for reuse if handled properly" (GSA Press Release)
DOE Building Energy Tools Directory

1 (800) 342-5303

An amazing collection of 210 software tools, searchable by function or computer platform. Description of each tool includes strengths and weaknesses. Many listed tools are available for free or accessible online.
DOE Office of Building Technology State and Community Programs Brief introductions to many topics, with links to Department of Energy programs and initiatives on energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings. Extensive resources available. The detailed listing of software tools is itself a valuable tool
DOE Regional Support Offices & Contact Persons

e-mail
206-553-2158

Catalyzes the implementation of energy-efficient and renewable energy strategies at the state and local levels.
Energy Star Service and Product Providers

1 (888) STAR-YES

Directory of allied professionals. Organizations that participate in any EPA partnership programs have a history of reducing energy consumption in buildings. Program participants receive technical assistance, customized support services, public relations assistance and access to a broad range of tools in order to reduce their buildings total energy consumption.
Enviro$en$e "Enviro$en$e, part of the U.S. EPA's web site, provides a single repository for pollution prevention, compliance assurance, and enforcement information and data bases. Its search engine searches multiple web sites (inside and outside the EPA), and offers assistance in preparing a search" (source:Enviro$en$e).
EPA Baseline IAQ Specifications IAQ testing and materials testing procedures
EPA Energy Star LEED-recognized benchmarking tool created by the EPA to compare a building to other buildings throughout the country. Up-to-date descriptions of the many energy efficiency programs and incentives available under the umbrella of Energy Star.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

(202) 646-4600

LEED referenced standard for flood evacuations. Defines 100-year as the flood elevation that has a 1 % chance of being reached or exceeded each year.
Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)

(202) 586-5772

The Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program works to reduce the cost and environmental impact of the Federal government by advancing energy efficiency and water conservation, promoting the use of distributed and renewable energy, and improving utility management decisions at Federal sites. Executive Order 93-102 mandates that the federal sector reduce its energy consumption to 1986 levels.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Energy & Environment A series of websites that "connect(s) you to FTC resources on energy labeling for consumer products, retail sales of electricity, environmental marketing claims, insulation and home energy issues, and fuel and automotive products" (Energy & Environment).
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Guidelines for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims Official guidelines for vendors on claiming environmental friendliness of products.
Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design

(303) 969-2130

Written for National Parks facilities, this is a great resource for designers of any building or landscape. Lots of information in a friendly, graphic style. Particularly strong in discussion of interpretive value of green design. The complete book is available on the web.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services. See Web Literature for NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH),which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
For funding opportunities, visit http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/fundopp.htm
National Institute of Standards and Technology: Healthy and Sustainable Buildings "The objective of the Healthy and Sustainable buildings program is to make available measurement methods, test methods, fundamental data, simulation models, and life cycle environmental and economic analysis tools to support healthy buildings and the wide-spread use of sustainability in design, construction, and operation of buildings and their systems/subsystems" (source: NIST).
National Toxicology Program Searchable database of testing results and publications on thousands of chemicals. Test results are used by FDA, OSHA, and other regulatory and research agencies. Extensive and detailed lab reports, but are not user-friendly and can take time to decipher for non-scientists.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

(613) 995-0947
contact (web form)

Specializes in the sustainable development and use of natural resources, energy, minerals and metals, forests and earth sciences. Focuses on natural resource issues, from both a national and international perspective, using expertise in science and technology, policy and programs.
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs An article in the Sustainable Architecture, White Papers describes a program in New Jersey that partners the public utility and affordable housing departments to come up with a way to build affordable housing with energy efficient designs.
New York State Energy R&D Authority (NYSERDA)

1-866-697-3732
(518) 862-1090
e-mail

Agency created to help NY based businesses and residents solve their energy and environmental problems while developing innovative products and services that can be manufactured or commercialized by NY state firms.  They have 7.3 million available for a variety of projects that directly or indirectly affect energy use including solar electric wind products.  Funding is being offered to projects relating to green building designs, advanced transportation technology and energy-efficient technologies.
New York State Green Building Initiative Tax Credit program provides tax incentives to commercial developments incorporating specific green strategies.
Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs (BTS) Sponsored a teleconference on energy-efficient schools entitled, "Energy Smart Solutions for America's Schools," which dealt with how geothermal heat pumps can save schools up to 35% on annual utility bills and improve the learning environment. BTS also launched the Energy Smart Schools Partnership. A future teleconference will discuss resources for financing a school retrofit project. The BTS newsletter and the website are terrific sources of current information on DOE programs and contracts including the newly launched Energy Partners website.
Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT)

(202) 426-0080

OIT is the catalyst for increasing the technology base within energy-intensive US industries for energy-efficient, pollution prevention and lower greenhouse gas emitting processes. The R&D process is accelerated through two OIT sponsored grant programs, NICE3 and I & I (both programs are described in this directory)
Rebuild America:
-Schools
-Colleges & Universities
-State & Local Government
-Public & Multi-Family Housing
-Commercial Buildings
"Rebuild America is a growing network of community-driven voluntary partnerships that foster energy efficiency and renewable energy in commercial, government and public-housing buildings. At the federal level, it is the largest, most established technology deployment program within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The program’s goals are to: conserve energy, accelerate use of the best energy technologies, save money, reduce air pollution, lower U.S. reliance on energy imports, help revitalize aging city and town neighborhoods, and create “smart energy” jobs." (source: www.rebuild.org)
State Energy Program (SEP) Provides funding to states to carry out own energy efficiency initiatives and funds "Special Projects". Eligible applicants are limited to State or Territorial Energy Offices or other agencies responsible for administering the State Energy Program and partnerships are encouraged.
Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STRR)

(301) 903-0569

Both federal programs offer grants to for-profit research and manufacturing companies and individuals to "conduct research and development activities which remove or decrease your product's barriers to commercialization." Almost every Businesses of 500 employees or less are invited to submit SBIR/STTR grant applications. Over 40 technical topics are eligible including products for passive solar energy buildings.
 
State 
California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) Promotes using resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings. There is a Sustainable Building Tool Kit for assisting managers in sustainable choices.
California Materials Exchange (CalMAX)

(916) 255-2200

The waste-not want ads for the California workplace. Green minded organization seeks like-minded businesses to reuse and recycle materials for little or no cost. LEED recognized for Resource Reuse, allows users to exchange waste items online.
Energy Star Home Grant Program -2005 Incentives are available for five new houses that achieve a Five Star rating. The selected home builders would be eligible for up to $5,000 based on the size of the house ($2.50/square foot of livable space) plus $3,000 which could be used for marketing and rating expenses.
Environmentally Preferable Products Database:
California Division of the State Architect

 

EPPD is a "database designed to provide a list of environmentally preferable products (EPP) for school construction. The project scope of work includes the following basic phases: research, criteria development, product screening, and database publishing" (EPP).
Governor's Green Gov't Council (GGGC) High Performance Green Building Guidelines Council developed its own set of green building guidelines for Pennsylvania.
Maryland Green Building Tax Credit Tax credit for nonresidential green building projects.
Massachusetts Green Buildings Initiative The Massachusetts Green Buildings Initiative, launched in March 2002, provides competitive awards to fund the planning and construction of renewable technologies in all types of Green Buildings. The Initiative competitively selects awardees from two separate categories of applicants: public and tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, and private and other nonprofit organizations.
Recycled-Content Product Directory

(916) 341-6606
e-mail

LEED recognized for Recycled Content, database for recycled content products
Utah Energy Efficiency Standard

(801) 538-5436

Commercially sized state buildings must exceed state energy codes by 30%
 
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County 
Alameda County Waste Management Authority

e-mail
(510) 614-1699

Technical assistance or grants for green homes, public/civic and commercial buildings by member agencies; also covers construction and demolition waste
Arlington County Green Building Incentive Program Developers awarded added density or height bonus for meeting LEED Silver rating.
Dane County, WI
Green Building Policy

(608) 267-8815

Guided internally by LEED rating system
King County Environmental Purchasing Program Includes info. on "environmentally preferable" construction and landscaping materials, office products and auto parts. Also explains how the purchasing program works. LEED recognized site for info on construction waste management and carpet recycling.
 
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City 
Austin Energy Green Building Program Austin requires LEED certification of all public works projects over 5,000 sf. Developed numerous information resources in their Green Building Program.
City of Chicago: Department of Environment (DOE)

(312) 744-7606
e-mail

Chicago is a leader in promoting green design.
City of Boulder Green Points Building Program

e-mail
(303) 441-1880

Developed comprehensive rating system to assess home energy use. Requires building permit applicants to earn "points" by selecting green building measures in order to receive a building permit. Applies to private-sector residential projects, new and remodels, over 500 SF
Chula Vista GreenStar Building Efficiency Program

(619) 409-5928
e-mail

Offers priority permit processing to residential builders and developers who participate in the program.
G/Rated Portland Began as "The Green Building Initiative"; commercial guidelines follow LEED
Santa Monica Green Building Program Through the creation of the Green Design & the creation of Green Building Design & Construction Guidelines the City of Santa Monica established building performance ordnances that focus on reducing energy consumption and runoff, while improving runoff quality.
Green Building Program

(972) 335-5540
(972) 335-5551
ext. 126

Frisco, TX. New homes must meet minimum Energy Star standards as set by EPA.
Environmental Services Department San Jose

(408) 277-5533
Program includes guidelines, awards, incentives, streamlined permitting, and educational resources; based on LEED.
Office of Sustainable Design (OSD)
"The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) established an Office of Sustainable Design (OSD) in 1997, for the purpose of identifying and implementing cost-effective ways to promote greater environmental responsibility in building design. In 1999 OSD published DDC's High Performance Building Guidelines. This document has been a means of introducing sustainable design to DDC project teams and has been recognized internationally as a green building reference." (source: DDC)
Green Building Program - San Francisco Department of the Environment
(415) 355-3700
e-mail
San Francisco requires LEED Silver certification for all municipal projects over 5,000 square feet. The Green Building Program works with City staff to ensure resource efficient buildings and practices. In addition, the Green Building Program provides assistance and resources to residents and businesses interested in green building.
Scottsdale Green Building Program

(480) 312-7990

Offers various incentives to home builders for participation in the program. Aims at strengthening consumer awareness and interest.
Seattle Sustainable City Program Seattle city buildings must meet LEED Silver rating
The Town of Flower Mound

The Town of Flower Mound has developed a voluntary, incentive-based program to encourage builders and developers to design and build energy efficient homes and commercial buildings, encourage water conservation and support waste minimization.
 
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Bay Area Air Quality Management District

(415) 771-6000

California regulatory agency. Develops and enforces air pollution regulations. LEED referenced standard: Regulation 8, Rule 51. Limits VOC's for sealants and sealant primers.
Environmental Energy Technologies Division Based at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, EETD is a leading research organization with emphasis on windows, energy simulation software, and indoor air quality. This vast Web site includes the interactive Home saver tool, archives of the EETD newsletters, and technical reports in PDF format.
Pennsylvania High Performance Green Building Tax Credit Currently under committee review
Presidio Environmental Education A model for environmental, financial and cultural sustainability
WasteSpec Model Specifications for Construction Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling

(919) 558-9343

Guidelines specifications done with great thoroughness and care. A must-have for anyone specifying job-site recycling. Available free online. A voluntary organization of municipal and county governments in North Carolina's Region J.
 
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